ISM's Southwest Forum Receives Excellence Award

FOR RELEASE: May 9, 2006

Media Contact:
Jean McHale
ISM Public Relations
800/888-6276, extension 3143

TEMPE, Ariz., May 9, 2006 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) recently honored the Southwest Forum as Group or Forum of the Year at the 91st Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Minneapolis on May 9, 2006.

"We are thrilled to have been awarded the ISM Groups and Forums Excellence Award," said Forum Chair Sharon Malkovicz, C.P.M., "I am proud of the consistency and dedication of our leadership to maintain and improve our educational offerings, most apparent in our own Southwest Purchasing Conference."

As found on the Southwest Forum's Web site,, the intent of the forum is to provide supply management professionals with the opportunity to discuss and exchange information on a cooperative basis as well as to assist in the professional development of its members. ISM's Southwest Forum is comprised of members working in the supply management field representing the five states of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. The forum's volunteer leaders are dedicated to providing educational value to its membership as well as leading the supply management profession.

The Groups and Forums Excellence Award is an opportunity for ISM to recognize a group or forum that demonstrates excellence in professional operations, educational offerings and recruitment, training and retention efforts, while at the same time communicating the value and prestige of ISM and the supply management profession.

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).