The end of the APMP-AWBP brouhaha

Back on July 20, I shared my thoughts on the brouhaha over the proposed renaming of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals to become the Association of Winning Business Professionals, and how that might impact the APMP conference in Denver later this year. (This was posted before I re-rejoined the APMP.)

By Billy Hathorn – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Well, there’s an update.

On August 2, the APMP posted a video on its YouTube channel. But the video is marked as “unlisted,” which means that the APMP probably doesn’t want everyone to see it. So I’m not going to link to it.

And the APMP has posted information on its website, but it’s behind the login firewall. So I’m not going to link to it.

I will, however, summarize it.

The Association of Winning Business Professionals is no more. It has ceased to be, bereft of life, it rests in peace, it has kicked the bucket, hopped the twig, bit the dust, snuffed it, breathed its last, and gone to meet the Chief Renaming Officer in the sky. (Adapted from Cleese and Chapman’s Dead Parrot Sketch.)

Actually, there is a public discussion of this, posted by Robin Davis.

It’s official, your efforts to #SaveAPMP paid off! The name stays—and everything it stands for. Thanks for your passion—that’s the kind of energy that can change the world! 

Perhaps I should revisit this topic five years from now. Not seven years from now.

By Published by Corpus Christi Caller-Times-photo from Associated Press – Corpus Christi Caller-Times page 20 via, Public Domain,

Yes, I’ll repurpose that old joke for a while.

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