The 2013 J. Shipman Gold Medal Goes to …

Lisa Martin, C.P.M., was named the 82nd recipient of the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award at today’s Conference luncheon. The Shipman award is the highest honor a supply management professional can achieve, and Martin was chosen as the 2013 medalist for her many contributions to the profession over her career. [Click here to view the official ISM press release announcement.]

Norbert J. Ore opened the presentation with high compliments about Martin’s passion for excellence. Not only has Martin’s career been packed with professional achievements with companies like NBC, Sony and Pfizer, her impact on people has always been a shining strength.

“Our 2013 winner is well-known in the field of supply chain management. She’s a mentor to many, and a friend to many more,” said Ore.

Martin’s career began in the 1980s, when she was tasked with creating a procurement function at a Los Angeles-based production company. She was brand-new to procurement, so she took courses at California State University, Northridge, to learn the basics. One of her professors introduced her to NAPM—Los Angeles, Inc. (now ISM—Los Angeles, Inc.) and she quickly fell in love with the art of supply management and procurement.

Today, Martin reflected on her experience and how far the profession has come over the past three decades.

“It has been so gratifying to see those changes take place and to be a part of it,” said Martin in her acceptance speech.

Martin serves on the ISM Board of Directors, and served as the Board Chair from 2007 to 2009.

One of Martin’s mentors is Elaine N. Whittington, C.P.M., A.P.P., who was the 2000 J. Shipman Gold Medal Award winner and the first woman to receive the honor. Martin is only the second woman to be awarded with the prestigious gold medal … so far. The up-and-coming supply management professionals hold much promise, and Martin is far from the last woman to win this award. Martin loves the opportunity to mentor others, and looks forward to doing more of it in the years to come.

After all, one of the things she’s most proud of in her career has been her relationships with colleagues. “I am so proud of all the people who’ve worked for me and have now gone on to become successful in their own right,” she said.

Martin’s latest position is with Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries as the senior vice president and chief procurement officer.

She lives in New Jersey with her husband of 30 years, Rick, and has two adult children who are following in her footsteps: Both have just begun their own careers in procurement. The legacy continues …

Congratulations, Lisa!


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