Spotlight on Groups & Forums

Volume 7, Number 2
March 1999

Utility Purchasing Management Group Forum

The Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) exists to exchange information and provide a forum for divergent views, all directed toward increasing the knowledge of purchasing as it applies to and affects both utility purchasing management and their suppliers. Officers, managers, and employees of gas, electric, and telecommunications utilities - either investor-owned or government-owned - who are directly involved in purchasing or materials management make up the membership of the UPMG.

The UPMG provides a forum focusing on innovations in purchasing and materials management.

The UPMG provides the latest information on government regulations, supplier performance/recognition programs, and other issues. Additionally, the UPMG apprises the NAPM membership of purchasing matters by preparing reports and contributing papers, studies and statistics that apply to utility purchasing.

The UPMG two-day annual conference is an ideal opportunity for discussion and networking on issues, trends, and innovations with colleagues and industry-recognized speakers.

Serving on the executive committee of the UPMG provides networking opportunities that will benefit member organizations in purchasing and supply chain management.

Membership in the UPMG is a vehicle toward earning NAPM's Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and/or Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.). Attendees at the UPMG Annual Two-Day Conference earn Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) toward their NAPM certification or accreditation.

Information is exchanged at the UPMG Annual Conference in the Fall at a selected city in the United States. Members of the UPMG, as well as suppliers, are invited to attend. The next UPMG Annual Conference is in Charlotte, North Carolina, from October 10-12, 1999, at the Adam's Mark Hotel.

Please visit our Web site at www.upmg.com.

Submitted by Joseph Clements, Jr., C.P.M., Forum Chair

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