Ensure a Fresh, Safe Supply Chain

FOR RELEASE: August 4, 2006

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

Real-world success stories and case studies bring the hospitality supply chain into focus

TEMPE, Ariz., August 4, 2006 — Join Hospitality Supply Management, an Institute for Supply Management™ Forum, for its 2006 Fall Conference at the Doubletree Hotel, Campbell Centre, October 17-19, 2006, in Dallas. Take this opportunity to find out what's new and what's on the horizon. This is a chance to ensure you have a fresh, safe supply chain that delivers quality at the right price.

Don't miss Robert J. Engel, C.P.M., national director of client services for Resources Global Professionals, as he presents Market Trends and the 10 Fundamental Strategies and Best Practices of Supply Chain Organizations. This session explores current market trends in goods and services as well as addresses how world-class organizations are dealing with the changing marketplace.

Find out where the markets will take us in the next 12 months when William C. Lapp, president of Advanced Economic Solutions, offers his wit and wisdom about commodity costs and economic prospects for the coming year. Lapp will present Economics and Commodities: Looking Back at 2006, Looking Forward to 2007.

Join Gerry Fernandez, president of Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance (MFHA), in a discussion on supplier diversity. Supplier Diversity — A Challenge for the Future presents the business rationale for a supplier diversity effort, the benefits of partnering with Minority Business Enterprises (MBEs) and the future implications for supply chain management in light of an increasingly more diverse America.

All sessions will focus on supply management in the hospitality industry. Take this opportunity to network with the best and the brightest in the industry, access powerful take-away tools, and get the latest market updates and economic outlook.

The price for attending is $349 for ISM members and $449 for nonmembers. For more information, visit ISM at www.ism.ws and select Education - Seminars, Conferences, or call 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401.

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of 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 www.ism.ws/About/MediaRoom.