Leadership Team  2017-2018
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  • ISM-CB Networking Discussion
    March 13, Applebee's Kennewick
    5:30 p.m. No-host dinner & networking
Roundtable Dinner Discussion

Join us on Tuesday, March 13th for a Roundtable Dinner Discussion with your fellow ISM-CB members and guests. As there will be no speaker for this program, you are encouraged to bring your knowledge, questions, and opinions to share with the group.  

Is there a particular issue you are struggling with at work? Share with the group! There’s a good chance one or more others have dealt with this same issue before and may be able to answer your questions or lend some advice to get you on the right track.

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Where: Applebee’s located at 606 N Columbia Center Blvd, Kennewick, WA 99336
Time: No host networking and dinner at 5:30 pm
Cost: Free! - please RSVP so we can provide facility with a count.
Questions: Please send any questions to president@ismcb.org

CPSM exam preparation

Our colleagues at ISM Spokane continue to offer CPSM examination classes. Classes are affordable, available to us remotely via GOTOmeeting and instructed by an experienced professional.  Here is a notice about the latest class.  If you want to get involved and start working on your CPSM, contact ISM Spokane to get on board.

Good Morning -  If you haven’t already signed up….. Please find attached the syllabus for the CPSM Review Class for Module #3 that ISM-Spokane will be offering starting February 28, 2018.  This review class will be offered “in person” at the Gonzaga University Purchasing office or via GoToMeeting.  If you are interested in taking this class, please reply to this e-mail and I will add you to the list.   The cost is $99 and can be paid via PayPal for a small fee to cover the PayPal fee, by mailing a check to ISM-Spokane, Attn:  Thea Prince, 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, WA 99201 or by bringing a check to the first class.

Please pass this information onto anyone you may know that would be interested in this review class.


Thea Prince
Senior Procurement Specialist
City of Spokane   (509) 625-6403   tprince@spokanecity.org

Contract Communication

We communicate with suppliers and contractors on a regular basis. Training [and auditors] have taught us to communicate in writing to build a contemporaneous record in the contract file. That’s important! However, when written communication is vague, unclear or ambiguous; the net effect may be adverse.

Unfortunately most of us developed writing skills in school where complex prose, building suspense and long paragraphs were praised. Likewise we have generally been exposed to legal documents from a lawyer’s perspective – with circumspect, over-qualified and long run-on sentences which sound official – but can only be deciphered after lawyers spend hours wrangling in front of a judge. And that is a problem. We are not writing for the Hugo award, we are not writing letters to our Grandmothers nor are we writing legal briefs. We are writing to communicate clearly to the reader.

In my opinion, written communication with contractors can be better. Fortunately, there are some simple changes we can make in our writing style to be more direct, understandable and effective.

Read more:

Here is a copy of my discussion handout.  Contract Communication

Here is a great example of our tax-dollars at work - providing very helpful advice from the government:


Here is an older article of mine on the same subject

Read more from Taylor at: www.mltweb.com  / Articles / Toolbox

Find more of my opinions and articles  at www.mltweb.com

Confirming our Telecon

Do you send a confirming email or letter after each important telephone conversation with your contractors? It's a good habit to develop. Why go to the trouble of sending a confirming note?  Here are a few reasons:

  1. A note documents the communication - for the record
  2. It establishes the facts - who, when and what
  3. It documents failures, problems and errors
  4. It precisely states directions and instructions
  5. By writing yourself, as soon as the conversation has ended,
    you get to include everything that is important to your contract, in your own words
  6. Unless - refuted; it becomes strong supporting evidence

Read more: http://www.mltweb.com/tools/imo.htm#Confirming

Career Development Challenges/Opportunities?

Thinking about growing your supply chain career into a senior position with an international company?  Admiral goal, with potentially big rewards ($$$) and significant challenges. However, just like skiing at the Olympics;  moving into a world-class career requires a lot of preparation.  Professional associations can help you prepare with training resources, programs and networking.   Here is a handout showing some of the benefits available to members of ISM.

Did I mention significant challenges? Here is a recent news article about an unsuccessful supply chain contractor change. If you aspire to play in the big leagues, and someday want to manage a global supply chain - caveat emptor.


Somewhere in this fiasco is a supply chain manager who thought the contractor was ready to perform. If you were the buyer; could anything have been done differently to prevent the problem? Could there have been a mitigation plan? Who will take responsibility for the lost revenue and adverse publicity? What will be done differently in the future?  All valid questions.   If a high-visibility job in international supply chain management sounds like an exciting goal for your personal career, network with our local members who use international supply chains (you met some of them at our January meeting) and plan a personal professional development path to your goal. Here are some ideas about how to get started

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

Seminar:  Introduction to Public Procurement

05/23/2018 - 05/25/2018 ;   8:00 AM -5:00 PM
Location: 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd,  Spokane, WA 99201
Instructor: Christine O. Weber, CPPB, C.P.M.
Hosted By: Washington State Chapter of NIGP
registration information

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/

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
BOD Planning calendar - send program suggestions to President@ismcb.org

June 13, 2017

ISM-CB Annual Business and BOD & Planning Meeting

July 25, 2017

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

Aug. 22, 2017 ISM-CB BOD & 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 BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

October 10, 2017

SM-CB Program; Fraud Identification and what to look for in an accounting system
Speaker, Bill Craven 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 BOD & 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 BOD & Planning Meeting, all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,

December 12

Program cancelled

December 19

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

January 9, 2018

International Sourcing Panel Discussion
Speakers): Scott Williams, Brian Hersch and Nick Cino from Lamb Weston Trade Compliance.
5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick
ISM-CB Champion: Brian Hersch
January 16, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & 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
5:30 p.m. CG Public House, 9221 W Clearwater, Kennewick
ISM-CB Champion: Scott Williams
February 20, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
March 13, 2018

ISM-CB Program;
Round Table Discussion & Problem Solving
No-host dinner & networking 5:30 p.m. Applebee’s, Kennewick

March 20, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
April (tbd) ISM-CB Program; ISM-CB networking social Location tbd
ISM-CB Champion:: tbd
April 17, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
May 9, 2018
& repeat
May 10
Plan Tour; Preferred Freezer Services
ISM-CB Champion: Brian Hersch
Tour participation limited to 15 each day 
May 15, 2018 ISM-CB BOD & Planning Meeting,  all members welcome
Location: tbd  Cory Miller,
June (tbd ISM-CB Business & BOD 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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