Supply & Demand Chain Executive recently published an interesting piece on the value of supply chain associations.  It gave a nice, balanced review of what is going on currently with three major associations in the space:  ISM, CSCMP, and, of course, the NLPA.

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I was quoted on several topics, including how professional networking has evolved in today’s digital world and the value of procurement certification to both individuals and organizations.  My only disappointment with the article was that they discussed membership fees, noting CSCMP’s $295 per person annual fee, but didn’t mention that the NLPA is the only one of the three to offer a free membership option.  Other than that little tidbit, though, it really was an article worth reading if your interested in considering association membership as a way of fortifying your career and making a positive difference for your organization.

You can check out the article at

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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
President & Chief Procurement Officer – Next Level Purchasing Association
Author – The Procurement Game Plan
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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