Leadership Team  2016-2017

Program planner
  • ISM-CB Annual Program Planning Meeting June 13
  • Applebee's Kennewick
ISM-CB 2017-2018 Annual Program Planning Meeting  - Cory Miller

Date: June 13, 5:30pm-7:30pm,  Location: Applebee’s – Kennewick

While the monthly programs, plant tour, and seminar have all wrapped up for the 2016-2017 year, it’s about time to begin planning the schedule for the 2017-2018 year. We have some ideas for topics for our monthly programs, but what we’d really like, and what is most important to us and most valuable to our members, is to identify the topics that you are most interested in. Our goal is to provide our members with a great value for being a part of ISM. To do this, we want to tailor the monthly meetings to the topics and issues that most affect the work you do day in and day out.

We will be holding a planning meeting on the evening of Tuesday, June 13th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the Kennewick Applebee’s. This will be an informal discussion to brainstorm program topics, identify potential speakers, and discuss our schedule.

In addition, as we will be holding the elections for our 2017-2018 Board of Directors in early June, this planning meeting will also confirm the results of the election and give us an opportunity to welcome any new Board members.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join in on the planning. If you’ve ever sat through a dinner program and thought, “This really doesn’t apply to the work I do”, please join us so your voice can be heard and we can make the 2017-2018 year as valuable as possible. If you are unable to attend, send your program comments and suggestions to admin@ismcb.org  and we will distribute to our leadership team.

President's Message - Todd Johnson

Every season of the year brings change to our lives, change is inevitable, change is something to be embraced, we may not like it and we may not want to embrace it, but no matter how we feel about it, it happens. So it is with our organization, change comes in the form of election and the seating of a new President, VP and Board of Directors for the upcoming year. The election of the new Board of Directors takes place this month and it brings opportunity and change to the face of ISM CB. Here is an opportunity to make a change in your life and not only vote for the new Board but to step up and make a difference. If you have an interest in serving and becoming part of the leadership core that will provide direction for this organization through these changing times now is the time to make that known. Yes it is work and yes, it requires a couple of hours a month extra, but the return on your time investment is more than compensated for in new friends and associates, new business contacts and a wide and varied list of potential opportunities. Think about it, and make the call to make a difference.

We have accomplished much this year and had a lot of fun doing it. It has been a long time since we have had 2 successful plant tours (WSU Wine Science Center in Sept. and LIGO in April) and seen some faces we haven’t seen in a while. In a single year we have been able to put on a seminar with a nationally recognized speaker in Mr. Daniel Wong, recognized from our meeting in February with Ajsa, Regional Labor Economist, that we live and work in a community and area that is growing and outperforming not only much of the State of Washington, but much of the rest of the United States. Cyber Security is very scary and a little depressing but we learned about that too. The weather didn’t always cooperate but Cathy stepped up and made sure we were organized and prepared when it did and finally we were presented with options and ideas related to online professional resources that are available. Each organizer and each presenter did an excellent job.

It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with the current BOD and I offer my thanks and appreciation for their dedication to the cause of promoting Supply Chain Management. It is the dedication of each member of the Board that makes this organization what it is today. If the Board is strong and active the President looks good, and we have looked good this year. Thank you, not only to the current board members, but to every board member vice president and president for the last 20 years that has taken the mantle of leadership and made this organization what it is today. You have all set the standard for us to follow. Now the face of ISM CB changes again and I hope that you will support the incoming leadership team with the same enthusiasm and energy that I have felt.

Best People are the Busy People- Mike Taylor, C.P.M.

Managers depend on the best performers to get the difficult and high-priority work done. Many managers and team leaders will tell you, "If you really want it done, assign the work to the busy person." Of course, that often means the busy person keeps getting piled on with a lot of important work.

It’s also a fact that priorities for an organization change like the weather. So the work changes and tomorrows priority will be different than today's. Frustrating! Unfortunately, it is also a fact that organizations can’t afford to employee excess resources. Idle time or slow-paced productivity, is an excess-cost target for budget cutting.

Does this sound like your manager?

  • Employee: How can these assignments all be my highest priority? That’s an impossible contradiction.
  • Manager: Each assignment was your highest priority at the time I gave it to you. The fact that you let them all pile up is your problem. If you had accomplished each one as I gave it to you, there would be no conflict.
  • Employee: The pace that you are assigning projects is fast than I can finish them.
  • Manager: You are correct. You should strive to complete the highest priority project; before I assign another highest priority project.
  • Employee: This doesn’t make sense, how can these all be your highest priority.
  • Manager: These are not my highest priority, I said they were your highest priority. My highest priority is helping you demonstrate your extraordinary skills and ability to accomplish high-priority tasks in a very short period of time.
  • Employee: So you are saying that because I’m a good employee; I am assigned more high priority work at a faster pace?
  • Manager: Exactly

Irksome, I know – but consider the alternative. Maybe you’ve never had the feeling that your manager was assigning you too many high-priority or critical assignments. Why? Maybe your manager (and your organization) is more dependent on other people. That's not a good thing when it comes to budget cuts.

As one of my insightful management mentors told me once;  ...All employees in your group can't be the best employees.."  So true! Unfortunately, managers end up depending on the best employee to handle to biggest challenges. 

The good news;  If you feel like you are getting more work than some of your peers... that might be a good thing.

More of my comments and 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 :  www.asq614.org/
May Newsletter May 2017 ASQ Section 0614 newsletter

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 Education Opportunity Calendar 2017-2018
planning calendar - send program suggestions to President@ismcb.org

June 13, 2017

ISM-CB Annual Business and Planning Meeting

July 25, 2017

ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Contact Cory Miller
5:30 p.m., Round Table, Richland

Aug. 22, 2017 ISM-CB Planning Meeting
Contact Cory Miller
5:30 p.m., Round Table, Richland

September 12, 2017

ISM-CB Program: Professional Networking
Mike Taylor , Naila Prieto, Procurement Supply Specialist
5:30 Applebee’s, Kennewick

September 19, 2017

ISM-CB Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

October 10, 2017

ISM-CB Program; Fraud Identification and what to look for in an accounting system
Speaker, Bill Craven or Don Stewart CHPRC Cost/Price Analyst
ISM-CB Champion: Cory Miller
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

October 15-18, 2017

Pacific Northwest Purchasing Conference -
hosted by  ISM Western Washington

Seattle, WA

October 24

ISM-CB Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

November 14

ISM-CB Program; Suspect/Counterfeit items, identification and issues
Speaker, Rick Warriner, 
ISM-CB Champion: Kyle Root
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

November 21

ISM-CB Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

December 12

ISM-CB Program; Attracting and Retaining Suppliers
Coordinator: Dustin Wittman

5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

December 19

ISM-CB Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

January (19th)

ISM-CB Program; Networking Social
planning stages, comments and suggestions to Cory Miller

January 16, 2018 ISM-CB Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
February 13, 2018 Regional Economic Impact
Speaker Asja Suljic, Washington State Employment Security Department Regional Economist
location: (TBD)
ISM-CB Champion: Scott Williams
February 20, 2018 ISM-CB Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
March 13, 2018 ISM-CB Program; tbd
Location tbd
ISM-CB Champion:: tbd
March 20, 2018 ISM-CB Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
April (tbd) ISM-CB Program; tbd
Location tbd
ISM-CB Champion:: tbd
April 17, 2018 ISM-CB Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
May 2018 Plan Tour; Preferred Freezer Services
ISM-CB Champion: Brian Hersch
May (tbd) ISM-CB Program; tbd
Location tbd
ISM-CB Champion:: tbd
May 15, 2018 ISM-CB Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
June (tbd) ISM-CB Program; tbd
Location tbd
Coordinator: tbd
June (tbd ISM-CB Business & Planning Meeting
All members invited & welcome

Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
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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