Moving Business Forward

FOR RELEASE: August 5, 1999

CONTACT: Zenobia Daruwalla
  NAPM Media Relations
  602/752-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, Arizona) — Networking with peers, exchanging information and processes, and identifying new approaches to purchasing and supply issues are all necessary to move business forward into the new century.

Moving business forward is the theme for NAPM's Executive Forum, held exclusively for Chief Purchasing Officers, scheduled for October 18-19 1999, at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Forum charges executives with the mission of moving business forward through innovative analysis and discussion of current business trends, today's best practices, and opportunities the future may hold for the profession.

Susan Rile-Strauss, vice president of corporate procurement for Qualcomm, Inc., attended a forum held in San Francisco earlier this year. When asked to describe her experience, she stated, "It was an excellent session; the high caliber, senior-level participants and the discussion topics were both diverse and relevant. The presentations and the working groups were stimulating and thought-provoking. I left the session committed to work toward adopting some of the best of what was presented."

Some of the participants speaking at the next forum in Baltimore include:
Almarie Falbo, Executive Vice President, World Wide Purchasing, Packard Bell NEC, who will present "Beyond Cost Reduction: Supply Management's Bottomline Impact," Cathy Martin-Kendrick, C.P.M., Manager, Strategic Planning & Development, BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc., who will present "Increasing Organizational Capability in a Competitive Environment;" and Sunil Bojaj, Director Information Systems, Electronic Commerce Resource Center - Fairfax, who will present "E-commerce: Evaluating Providers."

For more information, or to register for the forum, contact NAPM customer service at 800/888-6276, extension 401.

The National Association of Purchasing Management is a not-for-profit association that provides national and international leadership in purchasing and supply management research and education. The association exists to educate, develop, and advance the purchasing and supply management profession. NAPM provides members and nonmembers alike with opportunities to expand their professional knowledge and skills. NAPM is comprised of 180 affiliates with more than 44,000 members throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. Visit the NAPM Web site at