After an interesting five days of semi-finals, we now have our daily winners from around the world who are competing in the Purch-lympics final round!

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While there are no actual medals being awarded for the Purch-lympics, there are three prizes for the best purchasing and supply management essays as determined by votes by readers like you:

– The “Gold Medal” – A full scholarship to earn the SPSM® Certification (valued at $1,149) awarded to the finalist with the highest number of votes.

– The “Silver Medal” – Enrollment in one of Next Level Purchasing’s full-length supply chain online classes (valued at $209) awarded to the finalist with the second highest number of votes.

– The “Bronze Medal” – The “Supply Management in The Real World” eBook (valued at $79) awarded to the finalist with the third highest number of votes.

So here’s what you do:

1. Simply click the links below to read each essay.

2. Use the “Click here to vote” link to submit your vote. Voting will be open until 11:45PM Eastern US time on August 28, 2008.

3. Send the link to your purchasing and supply management colleagues and encourage them to vote.

4. Track the progress of voting throughout the competition by frequently returning to this page and clicking here.

5. We will announce the official winner on Friday August 29, 2008 right here on this blog.

There is only one vote allowed per person. We have the ability to track the source of each and every vote and, if ballot stuffing is discovered, we will either remove duplicate votes or disqualify the candidate at our discretion.

So without further ado, here are the essays competing in this final round of the Purch-lympics…

Sandi Derouin (Canada) – Topic: Fixing Internal Customer Errors

John Ransom (United States of America) – Topic: Evaluating Vendor Viability

Leonard Ruhukwa (Zimbabwe) – Topic: Supplier Relationships

Denise Minnich (United States of America) – Topic: Obtaining Emergency Vendor Service

G.P Thushara Sampath Gunasekara (Sri Lanka) – Topic: Increasing Supplier Competition


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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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