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ISM Honors Affiliate of the Year

FOR RELEASE: April 26, 2010

NAPM—Houston, Inc. is a leader in the advancement of supply management.

(Tempe, Ariz.) April 26, 2010 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) has awarded NAPM—Houston, Inc. the prestigious Affiliate of the Year Award. ISM officially recognized affiliate excellence today at a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast during its 95th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in San Diego. Affiliate Excellence Awards recognize ISM affiliates that demonstrate an awareness and distinction in their professional operations, educational offerings, and ability to recruit, train and retain members, while at the same time communicating the value and prestige of ISM and the supply management profession.

NAPM—Houston, Inc. President Kimberly K. Wren, A.P.P., has high praise for the determined and dedicated volunteers who were instrumental in propelling the affiliate to 2009 Affiliate of the Year status. "Our affiliate officers met in August for our annual strategic planning meeting with our main goal of continuing our focus on achieving Affiliate of the Year recognition," Wren says. "When we met, we reviewed the criteria for the Affiliate of the Year and assigned action items to the committee chairs to align with our mission statement, 'to provide continuing education, workshops and speakers.'" Our affiliate increased our 2009-10 Continuing Education Hours (CEH) from 71 to 94.

As the affiliate executed its marketing plan, several key achievements resulted, including development of an NAPM—Houston, Inc. handbook and brochure, and a calendar of events. "We used these tools to promote our educational and fundraising events for the year and recruit new members," Wren explains. Other outreach activities included stepping up communication with local universities. "Our initial efforts included the University of Houston–Downtown, and we expanded our communication to include the University of Houston–Main Campus and Texas A&M University in College Station," she says.

Fifteen Affiliates met the level of excellence for 2009. They are:

Each ISM Affiliate, regardless of size, has the opportunity to achieve Affiliate Excellence recognition by meeting each of the core competency requirements. Those selected for the Affiliate of the Year have surpassed the designated core competency requirements found on the official nomination form, including but not limited to membership growth, professional development opportunities and valuable affiliate membership meetings.

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).

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ISM Public Relations
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