APMP ANZ wins chapter of the year award

The APMP ANZ Chapter has won the 2020 Stephen P. Shipley Chapter of the Year award. This recognition is thanks to our active membership base of winning work professionals and dedicated volunteer committee. Together we are having a positive impact as thought leaders in the proposal industry within ANZ and the Asia-Pacific region.

The Stephen P. Shipley award honours the APMP chapter that demonstrates excellence in chapter sustenance and development through support of APMP initiatives. APMP ANZ was recognised for:

  • Membership engagement initiatives including successful conferences
  • A growing certification program, with 181 members currently holding at least one level of APMP certification
  • Strong membership growth, with ANZ appearing in the top three chapters for the number of new members in a recent membership promotion
  • Regular webinars held with industry-leading speakers
  • Networking events held across a vast geographical area, with 18 events held in 12 locations since 2019
  • Offshore networking events held in Hong Kong, Manila and Singapore
  • Communication activities including a new website developed in 2019 and
  • Initiatives designed to provide more value to members including our recent mentorship program and upcoming salary survey and awards program.

With nearly 30 chapters located worldwide, APMP ANZ was recognised with two other finalists: the APMP National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter in the US and the APMP UK chapter. Congratulations to our fellow finalists.

APMP Board of Directors 2020/21

We are delighted to announce that our own APMP ANZ Vice Chair, Felix Becker has been nominated to serve on the APMP Board. The Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP®) confirmed that six members would be joining its Board of Directors effective January 1, 2020 and serving through December 31, 2021. 

The six new Board members are:

  • Jody Alves, of the Nor’easters Chapter and IGT in Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  • Felix Becker, CP APMP of the ANZ Chapter and SAP in Sydney, Australia
  • Alison Coon, CF APMP of the Liberty Chapter and Guardian Life Insurance Company in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Patrick Gueth, CF APMP, of the DACH Chapter and DSV Panalpina A/S in Basel, Switzerland
  • Blake Inkster, CP APMP, of the Maple Leaf Chapter and Goodmans LLP in Toronto, Canada
  • Melissa Smith, CPP APMP of the UK Chapter and Harmonic LTD in London, England


“We can call ourselves a truly global association today,” said Ginny Carson CPP APMP, of Life Cycle Engineering and the Carolinas Chapter of the association. “Four of our six new Board members are from outside the United States, and five of our 15 Board members are global. One of our long-term strategies from our 2019 Strategic Plan is to expand internationally, and we are happy that members throughout the world take the opportunity to lead. This global representation on our board of directors will allow APMP to take an international perspective to all of our activities and decisions,” she said.

In all, 55 nominees submitted their ballot to the APMP Board Nominating Committee last month and were asked to provide an essay describing how they would help APMP International and the industry grow in the coming years.  Fifteen finalists were then selected for final voting by the Board of Directors based on the same criteria.  The top six candidates have been invited to fill the open spots on the APMP Board starting on January 1, 2020.  All have agreed to do so.

The six new members will join nine other Board members, including Mike Walsh, CF APMP, of Ernst & Young, who will serve as APMP Chair in 2020 and will lead APMP Board members.

“APMP’s Strategic Plan is in place, and there is a strong desire for APMP to maximize its global reach in the areas of new membership, best practices, conferences, and certification,” said Mr. Walsh.  “We have a clear mandate from our Board, and I look forward to leading APMP’s continued global expansion.”

Spread Your News on APMP’s WinningtheBusiness.com

APMP offers a variety of ways you can connect with other members to learn, to network and to share common experiences. Now we’re extending this sense of community to WinningtheBusiness.com, the premier industry content source for bid, proposal, business development and capture professionals.

We are collecting your news on:

    • People — Share your promotions, job changes and professional achievements.
    • Products — Give us the rundown on new products and how they can help your APMP peers.
    • Industry news and announcements — Provide information on new initiatives and tell us about your wins. Share with our community your team’s successes.

Here’s what we need:

    • A high-resolution headshot, product photo or company logo
    • Up to 150 words telling us about your professional update or describing the product or news announcement
    • Any relevant hyperlinks or contact information

Submit all materials to APMP Managing Editor Frances Moffett at frances.moffett@apmp.org.

Message from the Chair | October 2019

The APMP ANZ chapter is gaining momentum, with a dedicated leadership group and active membership base. We discussed this with APMP Global CEO at the recent APMP ANZ conference in Melbourne, who was as excited as we are about the possibilities for our future direction.

Rick has encouraged the chapter leadership group to focus on creating value for our local membership base and tailor global offerings for the region. We started this process at the beginning of the year and are soon meeting to define plans for 2020. We always welcome feedback and ideas so please get in touch if there are ways we can help your membership work harder for you.The new member campaign was launched this month with a special offer of 15 months for the price of 12, as well as amazing prizes for existing members who refer a friend. Winners will be announced on 31 October. To find out more or get involved please click here.

Thank you again for your attendance and support of the APMP ANZ conference ‘make an impact’. The event was such a success that we plan to do it all again on 26 and 27 August 2020 in Sydney. A lot of creativity, inspiration and perspiration goes into making the conference happen so if you are interested in being behind the scenes next year, please get in touch as part of the committee nomination process.We are currently calling for nominations for the 2020 committee, looking for people who are just as passionate about APMP and our industry as the current leadership group. To nominate, please contact me via chair@apmpanz.org and tell us how you would bring value as part of the APMP ANZ leadership group.

I attended an APMP networking event in Perth this week. It was great to see so many familiar faces and take part in Nigel Dennis’ Foundation Certification quiz (I got most of them right, Nigel!). The event reinforced the fantastic community that has been built in the APMP ANZ chapter and that despite competing with each other at times, we are also able to support each other in our career journeys. If you regularly travel within the region, sign up to hear about upcoming events in each location or keep an eye on the Networking Events section of our website so that you’re not alone when interstate.

Karina Ames
APMP ANZ Chair