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ISM Materials Management Group Earns Top Distinction

FOR RELEASE: May 7, 2012

(Tempe, Ariz.) May 7, 2012 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) today honored its Materials Management Group as 2011 Group or Forum of the Year. ISM annually recognizes Group and Forum excellence during its international Conference held each spring. ISM Materials Management Group Chair Karl Harward, MBA, accompanied by fellow Group board members accepted the award at a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast held at the Baltimore Convention Center. It is the second time that ISM's Materials Management Group has achieved this distinction. The first time was in 2010.

"It's inspiring to work with this hardworking volunteer group and participate as Group chair," Harward says. "Many past and present board members have contributed to the overall success of the Group. My hat goes off to them for leading and shaping the way for us." Harward adds that the Group has had many successes with its seminars and workshops. Over the years, the board has consistently planned and arranged a variety of fascinating speakers. The interesting speakers and topics attract strong attendance at co-sponsored seminars. As a result, Materials Management Group seminars are a popular with members of the local ISM affiliate, ISM—Utah, Inc.

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. Three Groups or Forums met the level of excellence for 2011. They are:

Organized in 1981, the Materials Management Group promotes professional development, best practices and networking opportunities by providing educational opportunities in all areas of supply management.

Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM exists to lead and serve the supply management profession and is a highly influential and respected association in the global marketplace. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 80 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®), Certified in Supply Management™ (CSM™) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD™) qualifications, and is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM).

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