Dr. Walker Inducted into Local Chapter of National Association of Purchasing Management

March 27, 2014  |  by Lauren Agnello

NAPM inductees

From left, new NAPM members include Greg Nerogic, Dr. Jay Walker, Membership Director Dennis Sullivan, President Brandon Jones, David Tretter, Kathy Feldmann, Jim Austin, Marty Spence, and Galen Silver.

Dr. Jay Walker, assistant professor of economics, was inducted to the National Association of Purchasing Management’s Buffalo chapter on Feb. 12, 2014. In addition, two College of Business Administration students, Katy Martin, a senior international management major, and Amanda Donahue, a junior supply chain major, have also recently taken advantage of NAPM-Buffalo’s open membership policy for college students. Membership perks include seminars, Certified Professional in Supply Management review classes, dinner meetings, an annual scholarship, and much more.

According to its website, NAPM-Buffalo, the oldest purchasing association in America, was established in 1904 to exchange ideas and help resolve related problems in procurement. Today, NAPM-Buffalo is proud of the tradition of education, personal growth, interpersonal activities, and participation opportunities for its members throughout the Western New York community.

Dr. Walker first became involved with NAPM-Buffalo in December 2012, shortly after he arrived at Niagara University. Since then, he has been generating the monthly reports covering local manufacturing activity, which have been picked up by The Buffalo News and Buffalo Business First. Local companies affiliated with NAPM-Buffalo from the Western New York region participate in the survey by submitting their data for the report.

According to Dr. Walker, “There aren’t many economic statistics regularly generated on a geographic area smaller than the national level to serve as indicators of economic activity. Locally, you get unemployment (monthly), but no GDP, consumer confidence, etc. That’s why I think it’s attracted some attention in the media.”

Dr. Walker also has been actively researching and publishing articles, one of which he presented at the Midwest Economics Association Conference in Evanston, Ill., earlier this month. He presented Silence is Golden: Railroad Noise Pollution and Property Values, a paper discussing noise externalities from rail traffic and their effects on property values.

Also, Dr. Walker was also recently featured on Airtalk, a radio program on a Southern California public radio station. The topic of the show was “The good, bad, and ugly of the American fraternity system.” He was brought on the show to discuss his recently published paper in the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, The Impact of Greek Organization Membership on Collegiate Outcomes: Evidence from a National SurveyClick here to listen to the podcast from the show.

“It’s a very exciting time to be involved with the College of Business Administration at Niagara University. I feel like we’ve been improving the curriculum and placing courses and relationships in place that will help students succeed both here and as they begin their careers.  I am very glad that the students have had the opportunity to share in the relationship with NAPM-Buffalo. The media attention that the monthly report generates will hopefully serve both the university and students, as well as providing a service for the local community.” Current and archived monthly NAPM-Buffalo survey results can be found on Dr. Walker’s website.