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Group: APICS (Advancing Productivity, Innovation and Competive Success), the Association for Operations Management

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Mission: APICS builds knowledge and skills in operations management professionals to enhance and validate abilities and accelerate careers. It helps members and their organizations successfully compete and build a stronger global economy. APICS offers the internationally recognized education and certification-testing programs:

CPIM - Certified in Production and Inventory Management

CSCP - Certified Supply Chain Professional

Who may join? Open to all. APICS' main membership categories include professional, group or enterprise, and student memberships.

Membership fees: Professional, $200 annually; group or enterprise, discounted memberships for volume members are available; full-time student,$25 annually.

Meeting frequency: Professional Development Programs are open to the public at 5:30 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. You do not need to be a member to attend. Each meeting includes a networking hour, dinner and a professional presentation on industry topics. $30; full-time students with ID, $15. There also is a year-round suite of education seminars for training and certification purposes.

Officers: Keith Chaisson, Safeline Metal Detection, president; P.J. Christiano, QORVAL, executive vice president; James Moore, Cardio Command, secretary; Steve Mahoney, Technology Research, vice president finance; Craig Williams, Mastry Engine Center, vice president programs; Gerald Kilty, Quality Management Solutions, vice president marketing; Dave Newman, ICS Inc., vice president membership.

Contact: Dave Newman, (727) 733-7665,

Next meeting: 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Tucson's Southwest Grillin Clearwater. Speaker: Mary Ann Mauldwin, CFPIM, CSCP, Operations Manager for Roush and Yates Racing Engines.