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January 2013, Vol. 25, No. 1
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Liner Notes

March Is Supply Management Month

March is less than three months away, and that means it's time to start planning for Supply Management Month. Keep records from affiliate brainstorming sessions and ask former affiliate officers and committee members for tips on past successes or activities that could be improved or transformed by a fresh look and fresh approach from your 2013 volunteers.

Supply Management Month activities can be customized to fit your affiliate resources and member interests. Log on to the Affiliate Support area of the ISM website and select Supply Management Month Information. You'll find a news release template, time lines and special event ideas. You can also download Supply Management Month 2013 art files in several file formats.

Hispanic and Latino Supply Management Conference

¡Solución! Leverage your heritage as a business solution by attending the 6th Annual ISM Hispanic and Latino Supply Management Summit on April 30, 2013 in Dallas/Ft. Worth. Update your skills in global sourcing, learn about the Latin American market and find out how your heritage differentiates you from the competition. Don't miss this opportunity to network with top Hispanic and Latino supply chain executives.

The Hispanic and Latino Summit is included in your Annual Conference registration fee. If you only want to attend the Hispanic and Latino Summit, the registration fee is US$299 for both members or nonmembers.

Hospitality Suites for the 98th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit

It's time to reserve hospitality suites for the 98th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, April 28-May 1, 2013 in Dallas/Ft. Worth.

For hospitality suite and catering information at Gaylord Texan Resort & Conference Center, please contact Rhonda L. Drennan, convention catering manager, at

Call early for the suite of your choice!

ISM Hospitality Suite Policy

Hospitality suites are to have a business emphasis as opposed to social in order to stay within the educational purpose of the International Supply Management Conference of the Institute for Supply Management™. Hours of operation should not conflict with other conference activities.

ISM has no desire to discourage informal get-togethers during periods of time when there are no scheduled Conference events. While it may be difficult to discern the exact difference between business and socially oriented suites, or informal get-togethers, it is intended that such activities not leave the association open to criticism. Ethical considerations are and remain of prime concern to the Institute for Supply Management™.

March 2013 Semiannual Dues Billing Time Line

ISM Member Services will send an email instructing you how to pull a current list of your regular members on record with ISM. The ISM Membership Dues Roster must be updated online by February 15, 2013. The rosters will be processed, and invoices will be e-mailed to the affiliate mail designate, affiliate treasurer and the affiliate executive secretary that ISM has on file.

All communications will be by email and your roster will be available online in a "live" document. You will have current information to reconcile against, making dues billing updates accurate and timely.

Please carefully update the ISM Membership Dues Roster so the resulting invoice is accurate. Once the invoice is generated, the amount cannot be adjusted.

We appreciate your cooperation.

January 14 ISM Member Services emails instructions to the affiliate leadership. Review your roster and make appropriate additions and deletions.
February 15 All changes/modifications must be completed online.
March 8 ISM emails affiliate leadership the final Semiannual Dues invoices reflecting the updates you submitted.

Mark your calendar for the
2013 Center for Strategic Supply Leadership (CSSL) Forums

The A.T. Kearney Center for Strategic Supply Leadership at ISM is an exclusive organization where forward-thinking executives convene for:

  • Executive development forums
  • Leading business analysis on the future two- to four-year outlook for supply management
  • Unique networking opportunities

The Center shapes tomorrow's supply landscape by bringing together a hand-chosen group of elite senior supply management executives and their direct reports.

Procurement of the Future I
March 12-13, 2013

Grand Hyatt New York
Park Ave at Grand Central Terminal
New York, NY 10017
+1 212/883-1234
Reservations — 888/421-1442


Procurement of the Future II
September 11-12, 2013

Conrad Chicago
521 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312/645-1500

Forum Registration and Fees:
Center Members: One enrollment credit per participant
Nonmembers: US$1,895 per participant

Become a member* today — click here to join.

*Membership in the Center is limited to senior leaders and their direct reports at nonconsulting organizations with US$2 billion plus in annual sales.

For more information on The Center, please visit our website at

In the Latest Edition of eSide Supply Management: Outsourcing Strategy, Contract Selection and Intuition's Role in Supplier Selection

The latest edition of eSide Supply Management, ISM's bimonthly e-publication for up-and-coming supply management professionals — and exclusive member benefit — is now online.

Inside the November/December 2012 edition, you'll find these articles:

To access this edition, read past ones or sign up to receive eSide by email, visit the ISM website at and select Publications & News, then e-Newsletters, and then eSide Supply Management.

Bright Ideas

We are always looking for bright ideas from affiliates, Groups and Forums to feature in NewsLine. If you have an idea that you would like to share, please contact Linda Thomas in ISM Affiliate Support at

NAPM—Central Michigan Increased Its Membership

How Did This Affiliate Do It?

With the economic downturn that started in 2007 and slow growth since, companies and employees are still reluctant to increase spending. With this, maintaining current membership levels has been a struggle. However, in the past year NAPM—Central Michigan has been able to increase its membership. The increase is a result of several years of effort.

In 2009, then President Tim Pinter created an initiative to make NAPM—Central Michigan more service oriented. This initiative started with having Board members meet directly with members, specifically those members that were managers or of a higher level in their employer's organization. The goal of these meetings was to understand what the managers, their employees, and the companies were looking for relating to continuing education, training, and other ways that NAPM—Central Michigan could be of assistance to their professional advancement.

NAPM—Central Michigan was seeing a decline in its attendance and participation in monthly professional development meetings. It was increasingly clear that monthly PDM's (Professional Development Meeting) were becoming less important to membership. As a result, starting in the 2011 program year, monthly PDMs were discontinued.

With the information learned from the manager meetings, in 2010 NAPM—Central Michigan decided to move forward with planning a one day purchasing conference tailored to organizations represented by members of the affiliate. Spearheaded by Past President Tim Pinter, managers of local organizations and faculty from Michigan State University were brought together to plan the conference. With the goal to mold the conference to specific organization needs and to be an inexpensive conference, the team developed topics and recruited speakers. The first annual Central Michigan Purchasing Conference was held in October 2011 with great success.

Building on the success of the 2011 Central Michigan Purchasing Conference a second team similar to 2011 was established and the second annual conference was held in October 2012. The 2012 conference was an even bigger success with more participants than the year before.

Outside of hosting the annual purchasing conference, NAPM—Central Michigan also offers many benefits to members. First, the affiliate offers to pay for one module of the CPSM® exam. This benefit is offered to any NAPM—Central Michigan member who completes and obtains the CPSM® designation. Second, the affiliate offers a scholarship to students obtaining a higher education degree in a supply management field. This scholarship is funded through the revenue generated from the annual Purchasing Conference.

Along with member benefits, NAPM—Central Michigan keeps a focus on employers' direct needs in its region. To that end, personal contact between the Board and its members is key. By listening to and working with its members, NAPM—Central Michigan is able to shape its efforts and programs to the needs of the membership.

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