Leadership Team  2015-2016

ISM-CB Program: Professional Networking

Cory Miller, Contract Specialist, CH2M PRC
 September 15,  Applebee's, Kennewick
5:30 p.m. networking, 6:00 dinner, 6:15 program 
(no charge to participate, order from the menu and pay server)

RSVP please:   RSVP@ismcb.org

Welcome to the 2015-2016 ISM Year

After months of planning, ISM-Columbia Basin is ready to embark on the 2015-2016 ISM year. The first meeting of the new year will be a great opportunity to meet new members, connect with existing members, and be introduced to your new Board. This dinner meeting will focus on Professional Networking and will be a great opportunity to meet other local Supply Chain Professionals. ISM-Columbia Basin is growing and the membership is very diverse; whether you work in government, state, agriculture, utility, or private industry you are welcome to come and share your ideas and experiences and hopefully have some fun along the way.

Professional Networking - September 15, 2015 Applebee's, Kennewick
People start gathering around 5:30 p.m. Dinner is paid on your own - order from the menu. No charge to attend, invite your interested colleagues to join us. RSVP@ismcb.org 

In Memory of Roland J. (Jerry) Baker (1938 – 2015)

We mark the passage of an important contributor to our profession. Jerry Baker was an active member in ISM Western Washington before becoming the ISM [NAPM at that time] Chief Operating Officer in 1979. I first met Jerry in San Francisco at a District 1 workshop in the summer of 1981 Jerry had a Vision for the organization and moved us forward in many ways. During his tenure, Jerry presided over the headquarters move from New Jersey to Arizona, the implementation of the Purchasing Managers economic Index and the creating of the Center for Advanced Purchasing Studies (CAPS).  Jerry retired from ISM in 1998 and continued teaching adjunct classes in Seattle. We last heard Jerry as the Keynote speaker at the conference in Portland in 2011, where he also received the Sid Brown Award of Excellence see photo

Here is the ISM-WW Tribute


Attention ISM-Columbia Basin Members

 We’d like to invite you and your colleagues to the 2015 Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference in Portland, Oregon.

Attached is the newest release of the Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference Brochure. Registration Brochure & Program Information

We are also looking for exhibitors to participate in our Supplier Showcase. Here is the exhibitor invitation and registration information. You’re help is appreciated to fill the spaces we have left.

Time is running out to register with the early-bird discount.  We hope to see many of you in Portland! Don’t miss this opportunity for a great, affordable educational experience.
Thank you!
Laurie Hitchcock
Communications Chair,  ISM Spokane Host Committee

Read more on the NAPM-Spokane web site

CPSM Study Class -

Offered by ISM Spokane and available as a remote GoTo Meeting event. Location: Classes will be held in the Conference Room at Gonzaga University, Plant Services building at 1004 N Ruby and via GoTo Meeting with a conference call at (509) 313-5648.  GoTo Meeting access codes will be sent to registered attendees on the Tuesday before each class.

Time: 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM on Wednesday nights beginning September 30, 2015

Cost: $99 for the 7 week session. Register with Thea Prince at (509) 625-6403 or tprince@spokanecity.org 

Materials: CPSM Study Guide from ISM is required. CPSM Exam Self-Study Workbook from ISM is optional. CPSM Diagnostic Kit from ISM is optional but recommended. These materials can be ordered from ISM at www.ism.ws.

Those of you who have already e-mailed me that you are interested can consider yourselves REGISTERED!  Just let me know how you wish to pay… your options are: 1) check on the first night of class 2) mail check to me at ISM-Spokane, Attn: Thea Prince, 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane WA 99201 or 3) I can invoice you through Paypal for a small fee (to cover PayPal fee) of 2.9% plus $.30.

If anyone else decides they are interested… let me know! 

Thanks and have a GREAT day!

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

Great article about the attitudes and preferences of Millennials. One eye popping statistic: By 2025, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Millennials will account for 75 percent of the global workforce.


Author cites some very interesting observations about these younger folks. Here are a few of my favorites:

Those intangibles are still definitely important to them,” said Shreffler, “but they’re starting to realize that having a plastic palm tree in the office isn’t necessary to have fun.

This generation is highly collaborative, often researching and checking with friends before making a purchase, “even before buying a cup of coffee,”

How not to use email:

ISM-CB Education Exchange - building a professional network.

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

NIGP Workshop –Tools for Ensuring Contractor Performance
Instructor, Mike Purdy, Michael E. Purdy Associates, LLC
September 30, Kennewick; more information

Pacific NW Public Purchasing Association (PNPPA) Workshop
coordinator: Cathy Robinson, Purchasing Manager, City of Richland
October 1-2Hampton Inn, Richland

American Society for Quality :
August 2015 ASQ Section 0614 newsletter
ASQ Section Meeting September 8, 2015
Choosing Wisely:  Recognizing and Avoiding The Control Paradox
Joe Estey,  Manager, Engineering Safety & Training
Advanced Technologies and Laboratories Intl, Inc.

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.

Contracts Position Open

This is a new position reporting to Doug Akers within the Contracts Division, EMSL/FCSD Contracts Group.

We've begun a search to fill the position listed below. In order to reduce cycle time, this position is posted both internally and externally. If you would like to be considered, apply online for Job ID#304573 on our internal job website: https://myhr.pnl.gov

ISM-CB 2015-2016 Education Opportunity Calendar

September 15

ISM-CB Program Professional Networking
Cory Miller, Contract Specialist, CH2M PRC
5:30 Applebee’s, Kennewick

September 22

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact Bryan Tinnin

September 30

NIGP Workshop –Tools for Ensuring Contractor Performance
Instructor, Mike Purdy, Michael E. Purdy Associates, LLC

October 1-2

Pacific NW Public Purchasing Assoc. (PNPPA) Workshop,
Hampton Inn, Richland
coordinator: Cathy Robinson, Purchasing Manager, City of Richland

October 13

ISM-CB Program; Professional tools & resources on the ISM Web Site
Mike Taylor, C.P.M. Supply Chain Specialist, CH2M PRC
5:30 Applebee’s,  Kennewick

October 20

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact Bryan Tinnin

October 26-28

Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference,  Portland
 Registration brochure

November 10

ISM-CB Program; Senior Management Panel
John Robinson, Manager acquisition Planning
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

November 17

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact Bryan Tinnin

December  (tbd)

ISM-CB & NCMA Networking Social 
Location tbd
Coordinator: Angie Gagnon

December (tbd)

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact Bryan Tinnin

January  12

ISM-CB Program: Regional Economic Report Card
Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist, Washington DOL
Location; Applebee’s, Kennewick
coordinator: Cathy Robinson

January 19

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact Bryan Tinnin

February 9

ISM-CB Program Professional Profile Development & Exchange
Kyle Root, Contract Specialist, CH2M PRC
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

March 15

ISM-CB Seminar; Mitigating Risk in Purchase Orders & Contracts
Richland Library

April  (tbd)

Plant Tour

May 10?

ISM-CB Program;  Strategic Sourcing
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

May 13-14, 15-17

ISM Leadership Training & International Conference, Indianapolis

May 15-17

ISM International Conference, Indianapolis

June (tbd)

ISM-CB Annual Business and Planning Meeting


 updated July 7, 2015


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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