ISM Presents 91st Annual International Supply Management Conference May 7-10, 2006

FOR RELEASE: January 24, 2006

Jean McHale
ISM Public Relations
800/888-6276 ext. 3143

Supply management professionals will fine-tune career skills, develop business relationships and gain a year's worth of insight in just four days

TEMPE, Ariz., January 24, 2006 — Supply Management professionals will have the opportunity to network with the best and the brightest in the field and gain a competitive edge during Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) 91st Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, May 7-10, 2006, in Minneapolis, Minn.

On Sunday, May 7, leadership virtuoso Dr. Stephen R. Covey will open the Conference at the Minneapolis Convention Center with his program Leadership is a Choice! Not a Position. Covey is co-founder/vice chairman of the global professional services firm Franklin Covey Company. He is the author of numerous books, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, which Forbes magazine named one of the top 10 most influential management books ever.

Award-winning journalist and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs will address attendees on Monday, May 8. Dobbs, most popularly known as anchor for CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight, also anchors the nationally syndicated radio report, Lou Dobb's Financial Report, and writes columns for both Money magazine and U.S. News and World Report.

Global business leader Marilyn Carlson Nelson, chair and chief executive officer, Carlson Companies, will present Travel, Tourism and Tomorrow to supply professionals on Tuesday, May 9. Nelson is head of Carlson Companies, a global group providing travel, marketing and hospitality services whose brands are present in more than 140 countries.

Kevin Carroll, self-proclaimed "Katalyst" for change, successful author of Rules of the Red Rubber Ball and diehard playing advocate will address attendees at the Wednesday, May 10 brunch. Carroll has made a career of demonstrating the importance of playing both in and out of the workplace.

ISM's Semiannual Outlook Presentation will be delivered Tuesday, May 9. Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., chair, ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, and group director, strategic sourcing and procurement, Georgia-Pacific Corporation, releases the committee's Manufacturing Semiannual Economic Forecast. Ralph G. Kauffman, Ph.D., C.P.M, chair, ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, and associate professor of management and coordinator of the supply management program at the University of Houston - Downtown, releases the Non-Manufacturing Semiannual Economic Forecast.

Featured speakers for the Economic Outlook Presentation include: Diane Swonk, senior managing director and chief economist for Mesirow Financial, a diversified financial services firm based in Chicago; and Jason Cummins, Chief U.S. Economist for Brevan Howard, an investment fund with $9 billion of assets under management.

ISM this year continues to extend its Conference special half-price offer on written certification exams. For complete Conference event schedule, list of educational exhibitors, or to register online, visit

Media credentials to attend the 91st Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit may be obtained in advance by contacting ISM Public Relations. To request a complementary media pass, contact Jean McHale at 800/888-6276 or 480/ 752-6276, extension 3143 or e-mail

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM). Visit ISM's Media Room at, Quick Search: QS130.


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