Rick Merritt, CFPIM, CSCP, C.P.M., CSSBB, has more than forty years of operations and materials management experience in the public and private sectors. He recently retired as a senior manager with Applied Materials. He also headed teams at major corporations including Hexcel and JDS Uniphase responsible for the acquisition of more than $400MM annually in both direct and indirect materials with a focus on waste reduction. He's project managed and piloted programs in outsourcing, supplier consigned inventories, strategic contracting, Continuous Process Improvement and lead time reduction.
Rick is a member of the Board of Directors and currently serves as Director at Large for the APICS-Santa Clara Valley Chapter. A certified APICS Master Instructor, Rick teaches courses for the CPIM certification and helped develop the first CSCP classes in Northern California. He is recognized as a CSCP Subject Matter Expert (SME) by APICS.
Rick completed his undergraduate studies at San Jose State University receiving a B.A in Public Relations with a minor in Business Administration. He earned his M.S. in Procurement and Contract Management from Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga. He has been a guest lecturer for several organizations including Council for Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), Institute of Managerial Accountants (IMA) and Arizona State University, Institute for Managerial Accounting among others.
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