Leadership Team  2014-2015

Annual Election Ballots have been sent to all members. Please participate and share your support for our volunteers.

Annual Program Planning Meeting June 13

All ISM Columbia Basin members are cordially invited to participate in ISM Columbia Basin’s 2015’-16’ summer planning session

  • What: A working lunch- Burgers & dogs provided, bring your favorite sides (beverage, salad, chips, etc.)
    When: June 13, 2015 from 11:00AM until 1:00PM (Hard Stop 1:30PM)

Your input in keeping ISM Columbia Basin relevant is absolutely necessary.
The summer planning session takes your ideas and suggestions and uses them to directly impact the coming year of programs. This is also a great time to catch up with people you know and an opportunity to meet some great local people in our profession.

If you are interested in participating contact Bryan ; and RSVP by June 10,

Important: even if you can’t participate in this planning meeting – we want to hear about topics that are important to you.  Send program and speaker suggestions to Bryan.

Message from Outgoing President Michelle Ochweri

As I reflect back on the past couple of years I’m completely proud and optimistic that as an affiliate we are heading in a positive direction to support procurement professionals in our area. This is something we should be proud of as leaders of this organization because without the involvement that each of you have given we could not have this success.
I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity of being president of the Affiliate the last couple of years and working alongside such wonderful individuals. I’ve seen many of you dedicating your time and energy to help re-establish ISM – Columbia Basin and recognize without that dedication we would not be where we are today.
As a team we are offering networking that works, educational programs for all levels of members, and an environment that is welcoming to new members. As we look to the future it is my hope that we all continue to reach out to those who may not understand the benefits of becoming involved and mentor them so that they are able to experience all of the benefits of the affiliate.
Thank you so much for your continued support as board members and leaders in our profession.
One last thing: we will not be having a board meeting tonight because everything for this year is wrapped up. Mike will be sending out election information and more to come on the planning meeting scheduled for June.

Michelle Ochweri
Manager of Contracts & Purchasing
Benton PUD

Editor's Note: Michelle has done a great job of leading our management team for the last few years. I really appreciate her time, effort and enthusiasm. Take a look at our photo gallery and you'll find Michelle actively involved, including photos of Michelle receiving an ISM National Award. http://www.ismcb.org/images/gallery.htm 

Thanks Michelle!

ISM Leadership Workshop

We are just back from the ISM Leadership Workshop in Phoenix. The Leadership workshop brought together 140 affiliate leaders from around the country to discuss programs and improve our management skills.
Here are some snapshots of our leadership team participating in programs and networking with other leaders.

ISM has posted the workshop programs in the members only area of the ISM web site at

The workshop was held on Friday and Saturday prior to the ISM International Conference. The ISM Conference attracts over 2000 people in our profession and suppliers from all over the world. The ISM Conference is  an important educational and networking event.  ISM posted a series of video newscasts from the 4 days of the Conference on YouTube. Check out ISM Leading News items # 1-6.  https://youtu.be/Mf6M4nU41cY 

IMO (in my opinion....):  Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

A very timely GAO report that ties directly to some of the topics we discussed at the May 12 dinner program.

NARA, in consultation with other stakeholders, produced a plan to move agencies toward greater automation of records management. However, it did not include metadata requirements in its guidance, as required.

OMB was in the process of updating its Circular A-130 to include records management requirements for agencies when moving to cloud-based services or storage solutions. The agency expects to release the updated circular by December 2015.

Bottom Line:

As we discussed, there are risks in adopting new technologies. We can help our organizations mitigate those technology risks when we write contracts and purchase orders.

We'll talk more about this subject at the Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference in Portland - (see below)

Hot off the press!  Registration Brochure & Program Information

Read more on the NAPM-Spokane web site

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.

American Society for Quality :  

For more information about ASQ Section 614: http://www.asq614.org.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center.

Washington PTAC - February Government Contracting Opportunities, News, & Events

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

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.

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 , Big Data, Cloud Computing, and Electronic  Discovery -
What is it & why should we care?  Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

June 13 2015  – Annual Business & Planning Meeting

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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