Leadership Team  2016-2017

ISM-CB Seminar:
Supply Chain Sourcing
  • Daniel Wong,
    Undergraduate SLM Program Director
    Portland State University
  • March 27 - CBC Richland Health Science Center 
  • Space limited to 40 -
    Registration form

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

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ISM-CB Seminar -


The supply chain field can be a challenging career with an ever changing global economy, emerging technologies and geopolitical shifts throughout the world. There are very few things we buy that do not have components that are manufactured in other parts of the globe or are impacted by global supply chain issues. Our sourcing strategies can have profound impacts on the success or failure of our projects as well as impact our ability to control costs and ensure our company is competitive. It is critical that we meet the needs of our business models and ensure we are sourcing quality suppliers and achieving a good value. In this constant changing landscape, it is important to understand our supply chain models, how we can improve upon them, and how they can be impacted by outside forces.

Our speaker for this seminar is Daniel Wong , Academic Director of the Undergraduate Supply & Logistics Management Program at Portland State University. Daniel has over 20 years of expertise in transportation, supply chain management, business systems and strategy consulting. His background also includes studying the impacts of globalization, information technology development, and business management frameworks. He has extensive experience in the Supply Chain industry as most recently he worked for Vestas as a Global Category Sourcing Manager and prior to that he was the Vice President of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at North Pacific.

This seminar seeks to take a broad approach at identifying supply chain sourcing concepts, utilizing the most current academic theories so that we can arm ourselves with tools to improve our supply chain sourcing. Daniel Wong will bring a fresh look at the supply chain profession from the perspective of someone who is on the front lines of the industry with the most up to date insight into the business world. Come join us to have a fresh perspective on the industry.

Meals will be provided and catered by Country Gentlemen. We will have Coffee, Tea, Water, & Serve Breakfast with Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, Home fries, biscuits and gravy. For Lunch we will have a Taco Bar with Seasoned beef & chicken, refried beans, flour tortillas, lettuce, tomato, onion, olives, cheese, jalapeños, sour cream, salsa, Spanish rice & tortilla chips, Fruit Tray, and refreshments.

The event will be March 27th at the Richland Health Science Center Room HSC 249A/HSC 249B Lecture Hall. This is a beautiful facility and we are excited to have CBC host the event his year.

Please forward this message on to colleagues and anyone else you feel may be interested. Participation is limited to the first 40 paid registrants.


Join us on April 21 for a tour of this cutting-edge research facility in our area.  RSVP is required. 
Tour limited to the first 25 people who RSVP - RSVP@ismcb.org
Tour Flyer  LIGO Web site

  • What time and where exactly do people meet?
    Enter in the visitor parking entrance and meet in the main building (first building to the left). They will be waiting for us at 3pm sharp, with a 5 minute grace period for stragglers. Presentation is about 30-35 minutes in their auditorium.
  • Is there required dress code?
    Wear comfortable shoes for walking.
  • Required ID or access controls?
  • O.K. to be late?
    Once the tour beings, about 3:30pm it will be too late to join the tour.
  • Are camera’s allowed?
    Cameras and pictures are allowed throughout the tour.
  • Food?
    After the tour those that are interested will move to White Bluff Brewery for some no-host networking.

What's it al about [Alfie...]? Here are a couple of interesting videos that talk about what LIGO is doing and how.

IMO:  Purchasing Card Program Audit M Taylor, C.P.M.

Is your organization worried about purchasing card program fraud and abuse? If this topic is on your management dashboard then I recommend you review GAO report 17-276. This new audit looks at micropurchases transactions (<$3500) using purchasing cards in a number of government agencies. The auditor was seeking evidence of fraud and abuse and evaluating compliance with OMB control requirements. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-17-276   Why do I think it is worth reading?  Read more....

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

Contract Price Increases - Are You Prepared?

 Ajsa Suljic, Regional Labor Economist, WA State Employment Security Department shared information at our February program about the status of the regional labor market.  Her slides are posted here. The data covers the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) primarily Benton and Franklin Counties.  http://www.ismcb.org/programs/econ2017.pdf

Slide 2 says a lot….. non-farm employment growth compared to the rest of the State and the U.S. growth by 3.6% last year.

References to government employment include public agencies and education slide 9 shows employment at Hanford is stable but below other non-farm employment. NOTE – Hanford is still a huge economic impact because of high wages but job growth continues to be primarily in education and health care.

Unemployment slide 16 – she says our high rates are typical because seasonal agriculture workers are shut down in winter.

I asked specifically about the new minimum wage. Slide 18 looks at that and as expected will primarily affect agriculture.


Job Posting:   https://jobs-sealaska.icims.com/jobs/1964/subcontract-administrator/job

Seminar: Selecting a Responsible Supplier & Writing Service Contracts and PO’s (Two 4 Hour Classes)  Speaker: Mike Taylor, C.P.M. Click for more info 

Seminar: Strategic Contracting. March 2 & 3, 2017. Two full days of instruction! Speaker: Mark Trowbridge, Strategic Procurement Solutions. ISM-AK Spring 2017 Training Flyer.pdf

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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.
registration:  www.ismcb.org/programs/seminar_2017.pdf  

April 21

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

April  18

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

April 26 Seminar, Portland;  Click for more info
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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