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Seize the Advantage — Register for Hospitality Supply Management Conference

FOR RELEASE: March 11, 2010

Learn to prevent supply chain disruptions, use collaborative technology and define your role in food safety.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) March 11, 2010 — Continuity of supply is more critical than ever. Find out about this and other current trends from peers, industry leaders and suppliers at the Hospitality Supply Management Conference, May 19-21, 2010, in Chicago. Presented by Hospitality Supply Management, an Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) Forum, the program features seven sessions, networking and a supplier showcase guaranteed to arm attendees with solutions for bringing more value to their organizations. Complete agenda and online registration available at Session topics include:

Detecting and Preventing Supply Disruptions to Your Business
Foster Finley, managing director, AlixPartners, LLP, will explore ways to minimize disruptions by reviewing 1) practical approaches to identify the most critical suppliers, 2) effective techniques to assess suppliers’ relative financial risk and 3) effective remediation approaches.

Lean Supply Management: How to Do More With Less
Humberto Villagomez, captain of clear sailing (vice president, operations), Two Chefs On A Roll, will explore the drivers and principles of lean supply management and how to implement a lean program.

Best Practices for Purchasing Energy in Deregulated Markets
Understand how volatile market risk can affect your budget. Learn why it is so important to understand, evaluate and communicate risk within your organization.

Economic Outlook
Economist Bill Lapp returns with his popular economic update. Lapp offers views on what to expect in the coming year — with insights into major commodities and the general economy.

Listen to best practices and hear perspectives from leading organizations and companies, including Hilton Hotels Corporation, Produce Marketing Association, iTradeNetwork, Inc. and Advantage IQ, Inc.

Registration fee is $595 (USD) for ISM members and $795 (USD) for nonmembers registering before April 19, 2010. After April 19, 2010, add $200 (USD) to the registration fee. Student Member fee is $250 (USD). Team discounts and guest/spouse packages are available. To register by phone, contact ISM Member Services +1 480-752-6276, option 8.

The 2010 Hospitality Supply Management Conference takes place at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago IL 60605. ISM would like to acknowledge the National Restaurant Association (NRA) for partnering on attendee accommodations for the ISM Hospitality Supply Management Conference. Please visit the NRA Web site for information on hotel rooms. Hotel rates have been reduced from last year, so attendees are encouraged to book early to secure the best rate. Travel discounts with major airlines are also available at the NRA site at: The NRA Show 2010 is May 22-25, 2010, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

As the largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business®ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM is a not-for-profit membership association serving more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. ISM offers credentialing to professionals around the world with the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) qualification. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

Media Contact:
ISM Public Relations
Jean McHale, extension 3143