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The Benefits of APICS CPIM Certification

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Who Should Attend

This webinar is for anyone wanting to earn their APICS CPIM certification or would like to learn how to improve their production and inventory management systems. Individuals who hold the following job titles will benefit:

  • Demand Planners
  • Production Planners
  • Operations Managers
  • Plant Managers
  • Buyers and Purchasers 

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What You Will Learn

  • Association for Supply Chain Management Membership and Certifications
  • The APICS CPIM Exam and exam process
  • Best practices for preparing for the exam
  • Sample content from the CPIM program

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How You Will Benefit

  • Better understanding of ASCM and the APICS Certifications – specifically the CPIM.
  • Identify best practices to employ when preparing to sit for the CPIM Exams.
  • Get an insight into the CPIM program and the practical applicability of the content, beyond just exam taking strategies.



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Meet the Presenters

Kevin Cooper

Kevin Cooper, CPIM, CSCP

Kevin Cooper is a Solutions Consultant Team at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services (CIS).  CIS is an agency of the Institute for Public Service, and the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partner Center serving the state of TN.  The CIS Solutions Consultant Team provides industrial extension services throughout the state of TN, working with manufacturers and industry partners, helping them improve performance and profitability, and grow.  Before joining CIS in 2016, Kevin gained 25 years supply chain leadership experience with manufacturing companies in the automotive and pharmaceutical industries.  Kevin holds an Operations Management degree from University of Tennessee.  He also maintains supply chain management related professional certifications; Certified Production and Inventory Manager (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), both from APICS – The Association for Operations Management.


Michael Essary

Dr. Michael Essray, CPIM

Michael Essary is a Professor in the College of Business at Athens State University (ASU). Dr. Essary teaches in the Graduate Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management Program. Dr. Essary is on the ASU Foundation Board of Directors and the Foundation Investment Committee.

Dr. Essary has a Doctor of Business Administration in Financial Management from Northcentral University; a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of South Carolina; and a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Management from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Essary has the APICS (The Association for Operations Management) certification in Certified Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) and the American Society for Quality Certification.  Dr. Essary has been the President of the Tennessee Valley APICS Chapter since 2009.  He conducts workforce development training for local industry. 

Dr. Essary’s research is in the area of finance and online education. His research has been published in the International Journal of the Academic Business World and in the Academy of Educational Leadership Journal. Dr. Essary is active in presenting at academic conferences. Dr. Essary was awarded the Presentation Excellence Award at the Academic Business World International Conference 2018, Presentation Excellence Award at the Academic Business World International Conference 2016, the Best Paper Award at the Academic Business World International Conference 2014, and the Presentation Excellence Award at the Academic Business World International Conference 2013.                                                                                

Dr. Michael Essary has 29 years of executive financial and operational experience in pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies and over 25 years of teaching experience.  Dr. Essary has held a number of executive level positions, including president of a privately held pharmaceutical company. He was awarded the ASU Presidential Award for Meritorious Performance for 2016. Dr. Essary lives in Decatur, AL with his wife of 37 years, LaTresa Essary. They have one deceased daughter, Leslie. Dr. Essary has endowed three Distinguished Scholarships in memory of his daughter. He enjoys sports and spending time with family.