Leadership Team  2016-2017

ISM-CB Program:
  •  Regional Economic Report Card
  • Feb 15, 5:30pm.
  • RSVP@ismcb.org
  • RSVP required, ISM-CB members $15, nonmembers and guests $25.

our January program was moved to February due to inclement weather.

2017 ISM annual dues - last call
ISM dues are due and payable for 2017.
 If you have not already done so, please renew your membership
You can pay via check,  or a credit card
via our paypal link on this web page
Regional Economic Report Card, Ajsa Suljic

Join us on Wednesday,  February 15 [note the date change] for our annual Regional Economic Report Card. This is one of our most popular meetings of the year.

Our returning speaker is Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist, WA State Employment Security Department who will provide us information on the State of the Labor Market in the Kennewick Metro Area (Benton and Franklin Counties). See the PowerPoint from last year’s presentation here .

. As the regional labor economist covering Southeastern Washington, Ajsa provides labor market information and analysis to local economic planners, administrators, businesses and residents. Currently serving as local labor market and economic expert on multiple organizations.  
Here is the latest Benton County profile prepared by Ajsa  &  Franklin County 

Due to the large attendance for this meeting, it will be held at the County Gentlemen in their large Event Center. To coordinate this large meeting, a buffet dinner will be offered with no host bar drinks available for ordering.

This year your ISM-CB Board voted to support our members by covering a portion of the cost for the buffet dinner and room rental and thus reduce the dinner fee for ISM-CB members. This is our way of saying “Thank You” for being a member of the ISM-Columbia Basin Chapter.

  • When:  Wednesday, February 15
  • Where:  County Gentleman Restaurant, 9921 W Clearwater Ave., Kennewick
  • Time:   Buffet starts at 5:30 pm Program starts about 6:15 to 6:30 pm.
  • Menu:  Buffet Dinner- Marinated Tri Tip w/Demi Glaze, Herb Crusted Chicken, and sides.
  • Cost:  $15 for members $25 for non-members
  • RSVP early – A head count has to be provided to County Gentleman no later than February 7 .
  •  You may pre-pay using a credit card via the PayPal link on the ISM-CB website 
    RSVP to RSVP@ismcb.org  and pay cash or check at the door.
  • Questions: Please send any questions to Cathy Robinson, crobinson@ci.richland.wa.us  or admin@ismcb.org

Either way, we need to know if you are going to attend as early as possible.

ISM-CB Seminar - March 27 - CBC Richland Health Science Center
 Expect more details and registration information soon.

 Daniel Wong   read more about Daniel Wong
Undergraduate SLM Program Director
Interim Graduate GSCM Program Director
Portland State University

Seminar Learning Objectives:

1. Asia Business Landscape and its dynamics ( 45 mins - 1 hour)
a. China is still World’s factory but with rising cost
b. Vietnam is emerging as the next Asia Tiger
c. Challenges for MNC to enter, operate and source in China Market
i. Discuss most Glaring Supply chain risks besides cost
d. Real intent behind TPP
i. Should your company continue to source exclusively or majority from China?
2. Global Trade Logistics Speaker dependent via Video conference (1 hour)
a. Changing tariffs
b. Important regulations to know
3. Supply chain sourcing (6 hours)
a. Ethical Sourcing
b. Value of strategic vs. tactical buyer
c. Procurement framework comparison
d. Category management
e. Pareto Analysis 80/20 example
f. Make Vs. Buy management framework
g. Supplier selection matrix
h. Pricing
i. Legal contract and its choices
j. Negotiation

Education Opportunity

ISM offers 1-hour web seminars on current topics. Use this link to  register for upcoming seminars and view recordings from some of the previous seminars.  Most are free. https://www.instituteforsupplymanagement.org/education/content.cfm?ItemNumber=6135

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

Contract Price Increases - Are You Prepared?
IMO (in my opinion....)  Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

As Supply Chain Specialists, it’s our job to think strategically about issues that will affect our contract prices. Contract prices for critical supplies and services are affected by market pressures, shortages, transportation disruptions, global competition, sustainability policies, environmental regulations, lower-tier human rights concerns, etc. In the news lately is a major supply chain cost-pressure we can’t overlook; minimum wage increases.   more...

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

What's your company policy?

DOE order 541.1C , Jan 17, 2017. Appointment of Contracting Officers. Rewrites the old order. Does not apply to contractors – but I think is a good example of a policy statement describing procurement authority and required training.

CPSM Review Modules

Good Afternoon - It is time once again to start planning for the CPSM Study Review Classes for Module 2 & Module 3 which will be held in January and February of 2017. Classes will be available for remote access via GoToMeeting.

Check your calendars and determine whether you are interested in participating in either of these sessions. The Module 2 Study Review Class is scheduled to start January 4th so don’t wait to decide if you are interested.

Contact Thea Prince at ISM Spokane ASAP tprince@spokanecity.org. She will send you a copy of the registration information.   Payment can be made by check or by Paypal for a small fee to cover the Paypal fee.

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Earning your CPSM shows commitment providing personal momentum and future success. The all new CPSM practice exam is designed to support your success!

Go to Amazon.com, type in STURZL or use this link: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=sturzl to purchase a copy.

Written by the former ISM vice president, certification, ethics and CSR (Scott R. Sturzl, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M.),

Website: https://www.srsgandassociatesllc.com/

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 :  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

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/

WSU  Tri-Cities Professional Education https://tricities.wsu.edu/cepd/leadership-academy/

Emerging Tri-Cities http://www.emergingtricities.com/

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 2016-2017 Education Opportunity Calendar


July 12

ISM-CB Planning Meeting


ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

September 13

ISM-CB Program: Tour of WSU Wine Science Center - 4:00pm. Professional Networking

September 20

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson  

October 11

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

October 12-13

Washington State APWA workshop,
Kennewick - details

October 17-19

Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference,  Seattle
 Registration information

November 8

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

November 15

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

December  2

ISM-CB Networking Social 
details TBD

December 13

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

January  11
Note Date change


Postponed due to weather. 
Rescheduled for Feb 15.

ISM-CB Program: Regional Economic Report Card
Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist, Washington DOL
Location;  Country Gentleman, Kennewick
buffet Dinner @$15 for members /$20 non members
Coordinator: Cathy Robinson


ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

February 15Note Date change

ISM-CB Program: Regional Economic Report Card
Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist, Washington DOL
Location;  Country Gentleman, Kennewick
buffet Dinner @$15 for members /$20 non members
Coordinator: Cathy Robinson

February 21

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

March 27

Seminar: Daniel Wong
Academic Director, Undergraduate Supply & Logistics Management Program Instructor – Portland State UniversityBio.

April 21

Plant Tour; LIGO facility
Friday April 21 @ 3:00 p.m.

April  18

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Location: tbd
Contact President Todd Johnson

April 26 Seminar, Portland
Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

May 9

ISM-CB Program Professional Resources Online
Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

May 17 - 19

NIGP Conference, Pendleton


June (tbd)

ISM-CB Annual Business and Planning Meeting


Oct. 16-18 

Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference, Seattle



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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