September/October 2008, eSide Supply Management Vol. 1, No. 5
Eduardo Shelley with Oracle de Mexico is the first person outside the United States to earn the coveted qualification.
Last month, the Institute for Supply Management™ proudly announced Eduardo Shelley of Oracle de Mexico as the first international Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM®) recipient.
Shelley is currently responsible for Oracle's manufacturing industry in Mexico and its automotive industry in Latin America; however, he has made continuous learning and teaching in the supply management profession a priority for the past 20 years.
Having led multimillion-dollar projects in the automotive, steel and high-tech industries since 1984, his career encompasses five management and executive positions within seven organizations, including IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Siemens and Ingersoll-Rand. Shelley has also taught supply management training classes in Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico for many years.
Shelley says this breadth of professional experience was instrumental as he took — and passed — all three CPSM® Exams as a pilot participant through ISM's Mexican affiliate, Asociación de Profesionales en Compras, Abastecimiento y Logística, A.C., or APROCAL. "Being the pilot exams, there was not much time available or people to consult," he recalls. "So, I focused on the concepts that were new to me."
For Shelley, obtaining a CPSM® qualification was important on a personal, professional and cultural level. "I strongly believe that education is the key for the progress of any country, and that is especially true now for Mexico," he says. "We're seeing a lot of companies moving manufacturing facilities [here], like automotive OEMs and suppliers. The challenge is to overcome the maquiladora* status and add more and more value to the products and processes."
Now that he has earned his CPSM®, Shelley offers two pieces of advice for his peers pursuing the esteemed qualification. "First, don't try to memorize the study guides — understand the concepts," he suggests. "Second, focus on the topics you don't know or have little practical experience with."
Shelley encourages others considering CPSM® qualification to take the first step. "Continuous learning is a necessity now, so preparing for the exams is a good way to update and increase our knowledge," he says. "The person who gets certified increases their employability, and the companies they work for can perform at a higher level through the use of the new concepts learned."
*According to the Mexico 2000 Business Directory, a maquila program entitles the organization to (1) foreign investment participation in the capital — and in management of up to 100 percent — without need of any special authorization; and (2) to special customs treatment, allowing duty-free, temporary import of machinery, equipment, parts and materials, as well as administrative equipment (computers and communications devices), subject only to posting a bond guaranteeing that such goods will not permanently remain in Mexico.
RaeAnn Slaybaugh is a senior writer for the Institute for Supply Management™. Dina Giovale is a senior associate (marketing) for ISM. Both can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more articles and resources on professional credentials, visit the ISM articles database.
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