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ISM's Materials Management Group Receives Excellence Award

FOR RELEASE: April 26, 2010

(Tempe, Ariz.) April 26, 2010 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) today honored its Materials Management Group as 2009 Group or Forum of the Year. ISM officially recognized Group and Forum excellence at a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast during its 95th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in San Diego.

Materials Management Group Chair Karl Harward, MBA, says the honor represents a culmination of efforts of the group's past and present board members. "We have had amazing success with our seminars, workshops, and conferences in the face of financial difficulties and market downturn," Harward says. "It's inspiring to participate as a leader and a member of such a hard working group."

According to Harward, some of the goals and objectives of the Materials Management Group are to promote professional development, best practices, and networking opportunities by providing educational opportunities in all areas of supply management including various topics on: purchasing, production planning, inventory management, warehousing, traffic, and transportation. "Our board has many educated and interesting speakers, who attract many attendees and, as a result, our seminars have been a great success," Harward says. "We are always interested in opportunities to co-sponsor engaging speakers and events with other local ISM affiliates, groups and forums."

ISM Groups and Forums Excellence Awards recognize those Groups and Forums that demonstrate excellence in their professional operations, educational offerings, recruitment, training and retention efforts, while at the same time communicating the value and prestige of ISM and the supply management profession. Two Groups or Forums met the level of excellence for 2009. They are:

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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