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Instructor Profiles

Merle W. Roberts, CPSM, C.P.M.

Merle W. Roberts, CPSM, C.P.M. is an internationally recognized speaker and seminar leader.  He has presented over a thoudand full-day seminars on a variety of supply management topics ranging from “Fundamentals of Purchasing” to “CPSM Exam Preparation”.  He has delivered programs in 34 states in the U.S., three provinces in Canada, Mexico City, Mexico and Beijing, China.  Mr. Roberts is the Founder and President of Perpetual Frontiers - a management consulting firm specializing in business process improvement and professional development training for the supply management profession. 

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Management at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA and has over twenty-five years of experience in Purchasing and Supply Management. He taught as an Associate Professor in the Purchasing and Supply Management program at Coastline Community for twenty-three years and developed programs and taught for CSU-Dominguez Hills, UC-Riverside, and Fullerton College.  He is a contributing author to ISM’s CPSM Instructor Courseware, the author of ISM’s C.P.M. Review Course Module 4: Management - A Self-Study Workbook, and a contributing author of ISM’s C.P.M. Study Guide.  He is also a former member of the C.P.M. item writing and review committee.


He is a past President of the National Association of Purchasing Management - Orange County and has served as their Certification Chairman since 1981.  He has been providing guidance and training for C.P.M. candidates for more than twenty-seven years.  He has received recognition and awards over the years for his outstanding work in the area of professional development - including being ecognized as one of the “Top Nine Purchasing Professionals in America” by Electronic Buyers' News and named the "Professional Development Person-of-the-Year", "Member of the Year" and the "Leadership Award" recipient by the Institute for Supply Managemen Orange County. 


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