Leadership Team  2015-2016

ISM-CB Program:
  • Seminar: April 6
  • Member Questionnaire
  • Plant Tour April 12


Seminar: Mitigating Risks in Purchase Orders & Contracts

Only a few spaces left - register now to reserve your place.

Account Executives Scott McGilvray and Nick Montera from Parker Smith & Feek will kick off our seminar with a discussion about Bonds and Insurance. Bonds and insurance are important tools for mitigating risks is some types of purchasing and contracting situations - but what is the difference? Why would we specify one product over another in a solicitation? How do we collect?  Scott and Nick have spent many years helping contractors select bond and insurance products so they will bring a unique perspective  to our seminar.

Parker Smith & Feek is one of the top 100 risk management and brokerage firms.  http://www.psfinc.com/

Our expert speakers  will discuss strategies to mitigate the risk of failure when contracting for products and services.  Speakers will cover important topics, including; bonds and insurance, warranties, payments and options, vetting potential contractors and communication. Fee for the all-day seminar includes snack, a box lunch and handouts. Participation is limited to the first 40 paid registrants.

April 6, 2016, Richland Community Center.  Registration form and more information

Member Survey - We want to know what YOU think...
Please take a few minutes now to complete a short survey. [Thanks to member Naila Prieto for preparing the survey]


Would you like our organization to bring a regional educational event to the Tri-Cities?  We can being world-class educational opportunities and networking in our own local venue. Why?

  • Offering a great set of programs for our members is the reason ISM-CB exists
  • Bringing National speakers on topics important to your business is a notable ROI for your company’s support
  • If we select speakers – we can accommodate your business needs
  • Direct participation in planning an event such as this has personal professional benefits.
  • Here is an example of one event we hosted here.  conf.pdf
  • This was the last event in Portland -  conference2015

Do it again? Do it here?   It's up to all of us....

Plant Tour:  Manufacturing Services, Kennewick 

Manufacturing Services, Inc. is a full-service electronic design and manufacturing company located in Kennewick, WA. Since 1979, we have been delivering quality products and services for our clients. From product design through box build and test, we have the expertise and resources to move your products to market.

April 12;  We'll meet there and start the tour at 4:30 and then move to a local pizza restaurant for dinner. No charge - but RSVP is required for the tour.  RSVP@ISMCB.org Contact member Scott Williams with questions.

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

Contract Negotiation Suggestion
Experienced supply chain specialists know that the total cost of acquiring (TCA) a product or service goes way beyond just the purchase price. We also know that the purchase price is influenced by many factors, some of which are in our control [e.g. purchase timing or competitive specification]. World-class organizations appreciate TCA and leverage all the many ways a supply chain organization can add value. Some ideas:

  • Expand organizational training so that everyone (including the end-user) understands TCA and how acquisition costs can affect budgets, profitability and company success
  • Enable cross-functional collaboration by providing informal opportunities for staff in various organizations to meet and build professional networks\
  • Expand supply-chain staff and management training to include negotiating internally, establishing long-term supplier relationships and reducing the costs of products or services
  • Rewrite supply-chain procedures, case-file documentation and process checklists to address valued–added actions at a big-picture level, not just price negotiations

Here is a partial list of elements to consider in reducing TCA when acquiring products and services: http://www.mltweb.com/tools/articles/what.htm 
Find more articles and comments about supply chain negotiation and costs on this page: http://www.mltweb.com/tools/tools.htm 

More of my opinions here: http://www.mltweb.com/tools/imo.htm

ISM-CB Education Exchange - building a professional network.
Share educational opportunities and the benefits of an expanded professional network with your colleagues.

American Society for Quality : 

ASQ Section 0614 Dinner Meeting
February 9, 2016
Data Analytics:
The Good, the Bad and the Challenges

Toni Austin
Manager, IS&T Systems Engineering
Bechtel National, 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

The Institute For Internal Auditors, Mid-Columbia Chapter

National Contract Management Association (NCMA)
 NCMA web site: http://ncmacolumbiabasin.com/index.html

Institute 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.

ISM-CB 2015-2016 Education Opportunity Calendar

June 13

ISM-CB Annual Business and Planning Meeting

July 21

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Contact Bryan Tinnin
5:30 p.m., Round Table, Kennewick

August 18

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact Bryan Tinnin

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 4

ISM-CB & NCMA Networking Event 
Combined Social and program with NCMA. -
Meadow Springs Country Club,  Coordinator: Angie Gagnon
More details and RSVP instructions

December 4

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;  Country Gentlemen,   Kennewick
Program starts at 5:45;  networking and dinner 4:30
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

April 6

ISM-CB Seminar; Mitigating Risk in Purchase Orders & ContractsRegistration form and more information  
Richland Community Center

April  12

Plant Tour, Manufacturing Services

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

Oct. 17-19, 2016 Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference - Seattle
Save the date flyer


 updated December 2015

Who Are we?

Contact ISM-CB:  ISM-CB President / ISM-CB Membership Director/ISM-CB 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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