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APMP Board of Directors Approves New APMP Japan Chapter

Monday, September 28, 2015  
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APMP Board of Directors Approves New APMP Japan Chapter
Membership Expansion is Pivotal in Recognizing the Proposal Profession in Asia

Washington, DC, Sept. 28, 2015 – The Association of Proposal Management Professionals® (APMP®), Board of Directors unanimously approved a petition to start the APMP Japan chapter, based in Tokyo, that will provide best practices and professional opportunities for its members in Japan.

"Traditionally, the cultural focus in this region is on individual achievements. APMP Japan will answer the strong need for uniform, consistent best practices to win proposals that can be adopted by many,” says Rick Harris, executive director, APMP. "APMP growth in Japan illustrates global recognition of proposal, bid and business development as a profession that reaches across many industries and organizations.”

Ms. Kumiko Shikimachi, Chapter Chair and founder of APMP Japan, is supported by Mr. Naoki Matsuda, Chapter Vice Chair.

"Our mission is to popularize proposal management in Japan by providing training and networking opportunities to professionally develop proposal skills,” said Ms. Shikimachi. The APMP Japan Board will accomplish this goal, through concerted efforts focused on
building APMP membership and educational and networking events. "An important benefit to prospective members will be access to the APMP Body of Knowledge (BOK) in Japanese. We will contribute to further development of the APMP BOK for this market, to popularize proposal management best practices throughout Japan.”

APMP Japan joins the Association as the 27th APMP chapter, with members around the world and the largest chapter in the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

About APMP
APMP® is the worldwide authority for professionals dedicated to the process of winning business through proposals, bids, capture, business development and presentations. APMP is a nonprofit membership organization founded in 1989 and began with 28 charter members. Today, the Association has more than 6,400 members and 27 active chapters worldwide. Membership includes proposal and business development professionals who are engaged in a wide range of activities including business development and acquisition, proposal management, strategic planning, business capture, sales, competitive intelligence, writing, editing, graphic design, desktop publishing, document production, and proposal consulting. For more information, contact Patrice Scheyer, Director of Marketing and Communications, +1-703-281-1686 or