APMP’s Exec Direct

Dear APMP Members,

We’re stepping forward in a new way to communicate with our APMP members through the new APMP Exec Direct APMP blog (a double entendre’ for the much-more-boring Executive Director APMP Blog).

The new APMP Exec Direct blog is designed to share information with you about what APMP members are working on, the latest promotional information and to clarify news about APMP or its members. I’ll share new information at least once a week in short bytes and welcome your comments, questions and ideas.

It will be a positive, proactive, business report for everything APMP. In other words, if you want the accurate information, please come straight to the source.

APMP’s Exec Direct blog will also be APMP’s official blog. We will continue to promote across multiple social media platforms (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and whatever comes next), but we will only respond to questions on the new APMP Exec Direct blog so we can ensure the narrative is accurate, positive and stays professional.

APMP Exec Direct News:

APMP UK: Now That’s Leadership: Breaking news! APMP has just confirmed it has added another large Corporate Member in Europe. This time its Thales UK at the Diamond level. Thales UK is joining APMP after meeting with APMP UK Chapter Board members Ken Erskine and Nic Adams and will be bringing up to 50 new members into our growing organization. Way to go Ken and Nic.

APMP Australia: There’s a New Instructor in Town – Congratulations to Nigel Dennis of APMP ANZ for running the inaugural APMP Foundation Level Certification workshop and exam down under. Six new people have certification thanks to Nigel’s workshop and exam under the direction of Strategic Proposals.

APMP International USA: We Will Start at The Top, Thank YouKristin Dufrene, Chuck Sharrocks, and Jamie Ninneman of APMP’s Procurement Improvement Committee (PIC) met with Anne Rung, Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy recently. The meeting was a big one for APMP because Ms. Rung oversees all federal procurement in the US. Kristin was the perfect lead for this meeting and represented all federally focused APMP members expertly and with confidence. APMP staff and its PIC recently sent over a six point plan to continue working with Ms. Rung and her team. I’ll be sure to share what’s next between OFPP and APMP.


Fast facts I’ll bet you didn’t know about APMP

In just two years, APMP India has surged from 21 to 171 APMP members – a 714 percent increase. Wow! A special thanks to Sam Singh of Shipley Limited and Abhijit Majumdar of Zensar Technologies who are leading the way with new memberships in a part of the world teeming with potential.

A full 10 percent of APMP members identify themselves as business development professionals. That’s a seven percent increase from 2013.

Despite what you might think, only five percent of APMP members worldwide are service providers/vendors. We have a service provider/vendor-to-potential-APMP-customer-ratio that is the envy of the association world. If I was a service provider/vendor, I would be marketing to that 95 percent like crazy!

Take Time to Remember Steve Jensen, CF APMP Fellow

If you are unsure of who Steve Jensen was, we’re not surprised. He wanted it that way. For the last 16 APMP Annual Conferences (Bid & Proposal Cons) Steve either helped or put together the APMP Conference curriculum you enjoyed. He mentored hundreds of APMP speakers through those years and as Betsy Blakney, CPP APMP Fellow and past APMP CEO said, “As a former conference co-chair, I appreciated the detail and time and attention he gave to making us look good. I also remember the last time I crossed paths with him moving from one conference session to the next – tough to forget that smile!”

Steve passed away on Saturday night from cancer. A memorial service to celebrate Steve Jensen’s life will be held on Monday, March 2 at 3 PM at the North Dallas Funeral Home Chapel, 2710 Valley View Ln. (just west of Josey), Dallas, TX 75234, 972-241-9100, northdallasfuneralhome.com. Steve requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society at 800-227-2345 opt 2.

You can read more about Steve at here. Steve Jensen was an unsung great in our industry and will be missed by APMP and all of the people he helped through the years.


Got a Comment, Question or Idea?

Either leave a comment here or contact me directly at rick.harris@apmp.org or +1-202-450-2549. I will respond to all APMP member comments, questions or ideas and remember, keep it positive and professional, because we always will!

One thought on “APMP’s Exec Direct

  1. Steve was such an integral part of what has become Bid and Proposal Con. I have such terrific memories of working with him to match conference presenters with mentors over the last several years; there was nothing about each year’s presentations he didn’t know.

    Steve was the personification of the positive, generous nature of all APMP-ers and he leaves a legacy of service for us all to strive toward. My thoughts and prayers for peace to his family,friends and colleagues.

    Ruth Lown Turman, CF APMP Fellow
    Companion Data Services, LLC


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