Leadership Team  2014-2015

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Pete Braun:  Negotiations

February 10, 2015 Program:

In the Supply Chain Process, negotiations are used when the marketplace does not yield the results needed by the purchasing company. There are as many methods of negotiation as there are authors of books, presenters on the topic, as well as all of us whose profession is obtaining the materials and services for our companies.

There are some of us who fear negotiations, and understandably so. So Pete’s presentation will present the negotiation in an easy to remember four-step process with a few anecdotal examples (both bad and good).

Program February 10, 2015:  Negotiations ;  Pete Braun

Country Gentleman
9221 W Clearwater, Kennewick

We'll gather ~5:30p.m., dinner ~6:00, Program ~6:30p.m.
No charge to attend, order & pay for your own dinner
RSVP requested.   RSVP@ismcb.org


Welcome new member:
Gary Doerschlag, Van Doren Sales, Wenatchee

Pete Braun

Bio: Pete Braun retired after more than 34 years in procurement. His procurement and subcontract administration experience was gained working for companies that have government contracts. His acquisition experience includes computers, aviation related services, consultants, drilling services, technical engineering support, and a sabotage consultant.

He has been an instructor of purchasing and supply chain topics for more than 20 years. He has been involved in the design, development, and teaching of company procurement training courses for technical and procurement personnel. Courses included the Supply Chain Process, How to Write a Statement of Work, and the role of the Buyer’s Technical Representative.

Pete is a member of the Columbia Basin Chapters of ISM and NCMA. He graduated from the University of Maryland a long time ago and is a retired Naval Aviator.

Seminar: 4 Corners of a Contract -

Make plans now to join us for our spring seminar. We are excited to present a practical discussion about drafting contracts from the perspective of lawyers who defend (or challenge) contracts. Our speakers are practicing attorneys with many years of experience in both domestic and international contract disputes. Our speakers have also presented many programs to ISM affiliates and at the ISM International Conference. Registration for the seminar is now open – and in order to keep it an interactive discussion, we are limiting attendance to the first 40 paid registrants.  Registration form link… 

CPSM Study Class

NAPM- Spokane is offering a CPSM module 2 study class starting in February.  Participation via GoTo Meeting is available. Read more... 

Positions Posted for people with supply chain experience.

CHPRC Contract Specialist & also a Procurement Manager https://bms.hanford.gov/HRISJP/JobOpp.aspx?BU=PRC 

WRPS: Contract Administrator https://bms.hanford.gov/HRISJP/JobOpp.aspx?BU=TOC

Annual Dues

Thanks to everyone who renewed their annual Dues for 2015.  With your support an participation, our organization will continue to offer cost-effective educational opportunities here in the Columbia Basin.

Strategies for Personal Growth Become a valued member of your organization

Did you know Outlook can display multiple time zones and automatically convert meetings or appointments to your time zone?  Read how...

Interesting Web Tool - shows dynamic population changes by metro region over the last few years. Open the web site and watch populations grow and shrink. Thanks member Don Stewart for finding this tool!

IMO: Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

Professional Association Payoff
How can participation in a professional organization help my professional career?

Obviously, the old cliché about taking advantage of opportunities is apropos when it comes to participation in all professional organizations. But consider that there is significantly more to be gained than just learning new facts at a seminar. Active participation can payoff in your job, and at the same time improve professional marketability in many more ways. Think of the ways that participation can improve a resume. Here are some examples that could result:

  • I’ve learned xy z in seminars which helped our company improve abc process.
  • I've participated in web-enabled learning session at my office without having to incur travel costs, thus enhancing my skills in a cost-effective way
  • Innovations I’ve learned about at conferences have helped me implement abc
  • I’ve met and established a network of professionals in other organizations that I can call on for ideas and advice.
  • I have used templates, samples and examples that are shared on the ISM web site in order to improve our business process abc
  • I have a better understanding of international business trends
  • By getting involved with leading and operate the organization we can professional depth well beyond the current job at the office.
  • I have experience organizing and leading a work team to successfully solve/operate/perform…
  • I have accepted and successfully completed task assignments related to writing, researching, and reporting .
  • I have experience planning and controlling a budget of $$$
  • I have experience preparing and presenting programs and public speaking
  • I’ve become acquainted with various organizational management structures through my interactions with people from both small and very large corporations.
  • I have experience planning, organizing and presenting educational programs
  • I have been recognized by other professionals for my leadership skill

Thinking about it like this: By helping manage a professional organization, I could be getting back much more than I’m putting in.

more comments and observations....

Board of Directors  Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of each month - all members welcome

2014-2014 Programs

September 9, 2014:“Table Topics – Roundtable Networking”

October 14, 2014  Understanding Incoterms2010,  Heather Allen & Ian Hizzey

November 11, 2014  Suspect Counterfeit, Rick Warriner CHPRC

December 5, 2014  - Holiday Networking Social , Barnard Griffin Winery
Invite your friend and colleagues to join us for a holiday networking social. RSVP please 

January 13, 2015   Status of the local Economy, Ajsa Suljic
Regional Labor Economist, Employment Security Department, Washington State

February 10, 2015  Negotiations, Pete Braun

March 10, 2015   Boise Cascade - Plant Tour Hosted by Bryan Tinnin

April 16, 2015  4-Corners of a Contract - Legal Seminar, Richland Library

May 12, 2015 , Regulations and How They Flowdown, Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

June 2015 (date tbd) – Annual Business & Planning Meeting

 ISM 2015 International Conference

Register early for the ISM2015 Annual Conference and save $300, or better yet, register by November 30, 2014, for a chance to win two tickets to the "Big Game" at the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, on February 1, 2015.

It’s a huge milestone for ISM: 100 years of inspiration, education and networking. The ISM2015 Annual Conference promises to be the biggest and best of them all, beginning with our distinguished keynote speaker, Robert Gates. Come be inspired, exchange best practices with your peers and continue to build your network with over 2,400 professionals.

•   7 Educational Learning Tracks and more than 100 sessions

•   10 New Signature Sessions featuring distinguished presenters

•   Endless networking events that will expand your global reach

Keynote Speaker,
Robert Gates

Robert Gates’ distinguished career includes serving as our nation’s 22nd secretary of defense. Among his many accolades are the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the National Security Medal and the Presidential Citizens Medal. He has authored two memoirs, with his latest, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War (2014), currently on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

ISM-CB Experience Exchange - building a professional network.

Personal Value Strategy: Share educational opportunities and the benefits of an expanded professional network with your colleagues.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

PTAC (or partner) free events in and around the Tri-Cities:

Ashley Coronado
PTAC Government Contracting Assistance Specialist
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce
Kennewick, 509.736.0510

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)

 NCMA web site: http://ncmacolumbiabasin.com/index.html

American Society for Quality

.  ASQ web site: http://www.asq614.org.

Institue For Management Accountants

 IMA web site: http://ima.labworks.org/

ISM-CB professional network exchange is our way of encouraging communication and discussion among our members. Sharing information, expertise and experience are just some of the many benefits of membership. Networking with other members is a great way to build a professional support team.

Who Are we?

Contact ISM-CB:  President / Membership Chair / Information   / Web Site

ISM-Columbia Basin is the regional affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management a not-for-profit educational organization of over 40,000 Purchasing Agents, Buyers and Supply Chain Professionals. www.ism.ws  Local membership represents companies from Moses Lake to Walla Walla including food processing, government contractors, educational institutions, utilities and manufacturing. New members and business professionals are always welcome at ISM-CB events. Visit the ISM-CB web site at: www.ismcb.org

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