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Institute For Supply Management™ Opens Call for 2007 Conference Presentations

FOR RELEASE: April 1, 2006

Media Contact: Jean McHale
ISM Public Relations
800/888-6276, extension 3143
jmchale@ism.ws

ISM Educational Development
800/888-6276, extension 3056
mkuhns@ism.ws


Submit proposals by July 1, 2006 for the opportunity to inspire and inform the best and the brightest in supply management.

TEMPE, Ariz., April 1, 2006 — Each year, Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) presents the premier supply management event — the Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. ISM today opens the 2007 Call for Presentations for its 92nd Annual Conference to be held May 6-9, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"The 2007 Conference theme, 'The Future of Supply Management and Continuity of Supply,' typifies the strategic nature of the presentations that we will assemble for Las Vegas in 2007," says ISM Permanent Conference Committee Chair Jerry L. Sanburg, C.P.M. "We are seeking presenters who will deliver insight, strategies and the latest information at the industry's largest leadership and learning event."

Each year, ISM's Annual Supply Management Conference attracts more than 2,000 supply professionals who gather for networking and to reap the benefits of knowledge and best practices shared by their colleagues. ISM Conference attendees represent the entire spectrum of experience including corporate executives, entry-level and seasoned professionals and student scholars, as well as representatives from industry trade, business and international media outlets.

ISM will accept up to three proposals from a single presenter. Tips for online Presentation Proposal submission and a timetable are available from ISM's Web site at the 2007 Conference link at http://www.ism.ws/Education/Call2007.cfm.

The deadline for proposals is midnight, July 1, 2006 (MST). ISM's Permanent Conference Committee will review all proposals and notify all of their status by early September 2006. Selected presenters will be awarded one complimentary full-Conference registration upon receipt and acceptance of a Conference Proceedings paper. Questions may be directed to ISM at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3056, or by e-mail to mkuhns@ism.ws.

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. 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).

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. Further, supply management is: future oriented, senior-management critical, strategic in relation to the competitive imperatives of the organization, and a significant contributor to marketplace intelligence and profitability. Components included under the supply management umbrella are: purchasing/procurement; strategic sourcing; logistics; quality; inventory control; materials management; warehousing; transportation/traffic/shipping; disposition/investment recovery; distribution; receiving; packaging; product/service development and manufacturing supervision.


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