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NAPM—Alaska, Inc. Earns Top Affiliate Distinction

FOR RELEASE: May 7, 2012

(Tempe, Ariz.) May 7, 2012 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) honored NAPM—Alaska, Inc. as 2011 Affiliate of the Year at a Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast during the 97th Annual International Supply Management Conference in Baltimore. 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.

According to NAPM—Alaska, Inc. President Sonja Love-Hestnes, the combined contributions of an extremely dedicated board are key to the affiliate's achievement. "The board members — the veteran members... and the new — all have the same goal in mind — to educate, develop and advance the purchasing and supply management profession in the last frontier," Love-Hestnes says. "The board of directors strives to surpass past achievements and are continually trying to improve on what the affiliate has to offer all the members."

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. Nine affiliates met the level of excellence for 2011. They are:

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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