Leadership Team  2014-2015

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Facility Tour
Wallula Paper Mill

March 10, 2015 - details...


Facility Tour: March 10

Welcome new members:
Michael Voss from WRPS
Andrea Durant-Borden from Schweitzer Engineering


Facility Tour: Wallula Paper Mill

The Wallula Mill and Fiber Farm operates in an unusual environment, creating a number of unique procurement  opportunities from a supply chain management perspective.

  • Creating a forest in the desert… the ultimate make or buy decision
  • JIT from harvest to finished product
  • Commodity purchases - potato’s and corn in your paper
  • Supporting a 24 hour/365 day manufacturing site
  • Converting biomass to energy
  • What’s the turn on $9 million in MRO inventory
  • What does $3,000,000 in wood chips look like
Legal concept: 4-Corners of a Contract

What do Lawyers mean when they refer to the 4-corners of a contract?  Here is a visual example:

From a legal perspective, the enforceable parts of a contract, are those that are written within the 4 corners of the document.

“Stuff” that isn’t written into or addressed in the contract might be interesting… but isn’t going to win in court.
[unless of course you have created an ambiguous contract or left out something important...etc.]

Our challenge as buyers is to make sure that all the important “stuff” gets written into, the contract or added to the contract by a properly executed change.

Want to hone your skills at writing purchase orders and contracts?  Join us at our April ISM seminar. see below

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… 

Writing Skills Up To Snuff?

How do you use "will" or "shall" when writing contracts and purchase orders?  Will your language stand up to a legal challenge? Or.... will lawyers argue that the sentence structure doesn't really mean what you thought?  There have been court cases worth millions of dollars, that were argued based on the placement of a single comma in the contract document.   Here is a short example.

Want to hone your skills at writing purchase orders and contracts?  Join us at our April ISM seminar. see above

Benton and Franklin Counties: 2014 in review & 2015 outlook

Economic conditions for Benton and Franklin Counties in 2014 showed significant growth in nonfarm employment and improvement in the labor market. Economic conditions are showing movement in business confidence for hiring, as well as, more workforce confidence to get hired. The two county area total nonfarm payroll employment increased for 21 consecutive months, reaching a 5.1 percent growth in December, with unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, according to preliminary not seasonally adjusted estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Ajsa Suljic is Employment Security’s regional labor economist for Asotin, Benton, Columbia, Garfield, Franklin and Walla Walla counties. Here is a copy of Ajsa's January presentation to ISM-CB

Strategies for Personal Growth Become a valued member of your organization

A huge advantage of participation is the opportunity to meet and trade advice with professionals from many different organizations.  Like this question I received from a colleague I met at ISM Western Washington.

Hi Mike!
I’m hoping you can offer some direction in my search for a reasonable rate increase from my Janitorial service and supply supplier for Redmond, Kirkland and North Bend facilities.  We have been working with this supplier for several years with annual increases of 2-3%. I’m wondering how I can find out what’s reasonable.

One resource I’d suggest – if you haven’t already is the DOL - If they have issued a wage determination for that area, you can find it online at  http://www.wdol.gov/sca.aspx 

Just follow the questions until you get to the end - if a determination exists – then you will at least know what they think the going rate for that type of job would be. You can also find archived versions – usually they update annually – so you find a history.

You could also try http://www.salary.com/  

The other option would be to contact the State Employment Security office and find out who the ESD analyst is for that area. The ESD publishes detailed economic activity for each county. Our local analyst [Ajsa Suljic] has spoken to our group and has a wealth of knowledge. They probably don’t know exact wages, but they can tell you about employment trends, business growth/decline, etc. which would lend some substance to evaluating a wage proposal.

Check out the published county profiles on this page:  https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/home 

Best of luck to you.


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

In my opinion.... Ethics violations and business fraud can create personal liability.

Obviously a person who steals money from a company should realize there is personal liability involved. But what about a person who’s job includes selecting contractors for disposal of hazardous materials or who authorizes money transfers. People who are just doing normal and day-to-day work sometimes don’t realize that their actions can create personal liability.    Read the full article...

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.

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

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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