Rocket Fuel

graduate: Faculty

James Hays, CPSM, CPM
Adjunct Professor, PM
San Francisco
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James W. Hays, CPSM, C.P.M., has over 20 years experience in the purchasing profession as a government contracting officer, private sector buyer, supervisor and supply manager. He has served as executive director for the Institute of Supply Management-Northern California (ISM-NC) since 1988. He has taught purchasing and supply management courses for Cal-State East Bay, U.C. Berkeley Extension, San Francisco State University, De Anza College, and conducted training courses for the U.S. Postal Service, Pacific Bell, AT&T, Syntex Corp., PG&E, Bank of America, Visa International, InfoTech, a management consulting firm in Mexico City, and Lam Research. Jim has recently taught C.P.M. (Certified Supply Manager0 and CPSM (Certified Professional Supply Manager) Review courses for the U.S. Postal Services and CSU-Hayward Extended Education. He served as an Air Force Officer and lived and taught at a regional college in Spain for Five years.


  • MA, San Francisco State University

    BA, University of Wyoming

    Certified Professional Supply Management

    Certified Purchasing Manager

    Institute for Supply Management


1985 – Present
Executive Director, National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) Northern California

1980 - 1985
Western Regional Purchasing Manager, VWR Scientific

1977 – 1980
Warranted Government Contracting Officer, Veterans Administrative Medical Center San Francisco


  • Institute For Supply Management