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Charlie Divine to Retire After Seven Years as Certification Director and 47 Years in the Industry

Tuesday, April 10, 2018   (5 Comments)
Posted by: Peter Frank
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(Washington, DC) — April 10, 2018 – Charlie Divine, CPP APMP Fellow and Certification Director since 2011 for the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP®) announced today that he is retiring from the association.

Celebrating a 30-year career as a bid and proposal professional for AT&T and then serving as APMP’s Certification Director for seven years, Divine will step down from APMP effective April 30, 2018.

A veteran of 23 Bid & Proposal Cons, and someone who trailblazed APMP’s early efforts to recognize commercial/business professionals in the industry, Charlie will most be remembered for what he did with APMP certification since he took over as Certification Director in 2011.

“Charlie is one of the biggest reasons that APMP has over 8,000 members today,” said Rick Harris, Executive Director of APMP. “When we first hired Charlie seven years ago, APMP had only 3,300 members. His work on high profile certification advancements such as the APMP Foundation Level Exam refresh, his coordination and authorship of the APMP Body of Knowledge and its Study Guide and finally his co-authorship of Writing Professional Bids & Proposals for Dummies book with Neil Cobb, helped prospective APMP members find the association. Certification is APMP’s number one-member driver and Charlie helped make that so,” he said.

Divine is known to almost all in the bid and proposal profession as someone who worked tirelessly to advance the profession and increase the professionalism of all those in it.

"There isn’t a single person in this industry who has done more to jump start careers, offer professional advice and teach people how to be a better bid and proposal professional more than Charlie Divine has,” said Jamie Ninneman, Chair of APMP.

He will be retiring from APMP as one of its most decorated professionals having achieved Professional Certification – one of only 155 people in the world to have done so. He is also an APMP Fellow and received the association’s highest honor, the Harold C. McRae Founders Award in 2016 for his outstanding work in APMP certification.

Divine was also instrumental in working through complex issues like certification record-keeping to help track an APMP member's progress through their professional development journey and authored a new APMP Certification CEU plan that will encourage more members to stay in the industry longer, further contributing to the professionalism in the industry.

"I am excited to have been part of APMP. Not only have we enjoyed tremendous growth in APMP membership and programs but bid and proposal professionals now receive greater recognition for their contributions to winning business. APMP has a great team in place and the best is still to come,” said Divine. “Finally, I would like to thank the all members of APMP for making this one of the most rewarding times in my career.”

Harris will fill in for Divine and manage certification through to the end of the year until a replacement can be found sometime in 2019. For those who have questions about their certification, please continue to reach out to or

APMP members who want to drop Charlie a note may do so at For those who want to write to Charlie, his address is Charlie Divine, 26720 Bonita Fairways Blvd. #104, Bonita Springs, FL. 34135


APMP is a 501c6 non-profit organization based in Washington, DC and is dedicated to advance the arts, sciences, and technologies of new business acquisition of its more than 8,000 members and to promote the professionalism of those engaged in those pursuits.


Diane Wurzer CPP APMP says...
Posted Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Thank you, Charlie, for all you have done for APMP, its members, and the industry. I am honored to have received my CPP with you as one of the panel members. Enjoy whatever your future holds, and know that you have left a legacy of excellence for all of us.
Betsy Blakney CPP APMP Fellow says...
Posted Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Charlie, Thank you for entrusting your valued insight and counsel with those of us who have been fortunate to have walked this certification path with you. I am honored to have collaborated with you on the Quick Start Practitioner Certification Workshops and have my name alongside yours on the APMP Industry Glossary of Terms.
Brad Douglas CF APMP says...
Posted Friday, April 13, 2018
Charlie has been an incredible advocate for our profession and always so pleasant to work with. He deserves to spend time with his family and enjoy the next phase of his life. What a great influence he's been to so many of us. Best wishes!
Nigel E. Hudson CPP APMP says...
Posted Thursday, April 12, 2018
Charlie is an absolute legend in the proposal industry, responsible for helping to shape the professional development and careers of thousands of people worldwide (including mine and the 4,000 or so people I've taught as a result of Charlie's inspiration and guidance). We are his legacy, continually living and breathing his teachings in our daily work. "Thank you Charlie for being our counsel and guiding light. Enjoy your retirement. You can relax now. Your 'proposal children' are in good hands."
Ruth L. Turman CP APMP Fellow says...
Posted Wednesday, April 11, 2018
There are no words to express the impact that Charlie Devine has had on this profession, this industry, this profession, this association and me personally. Thank you so much for all you have done and for the legacy that you leave to us. Wishing you a most heartfelt congratulations on your well-earned retirement!