ISM Presents the Preeminent International Supply Management Event May 6-9 in Las Vegas

FOR RELEASE: January 16, 2007

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

ISM Customer Service:
800/888-6276, extension 401

Supply professionals gain a competitive advantage from inspirational keynotes, economic outlooks and face-to-face networking.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) January 16, 2007 — Thousands of supply management professionals from all disciplines and industries will gather in Las Vegas on May 6-9, 2007 for the 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. Hosted by Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), this premiere educational forum attracts the best and the brightest from around the globe. This year's event, "Continuity of Supply — Future of Supply Management," showcases four days of training, education and networking opportunities.

Don't miss sessions presented by winners of the Second Annual ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation. Conference educational sessions focus on supplier relationships, recruiting and keeping talent, holding down costs, strategic sourcing, innovation and more. Specialized, extended sessions focus on the hot topics of business continuity and project management.

Sunday, May 6, bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell opens the Conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center with his program, "Successful Decisionmaking — Sharing Ideas from BLINK." Business pundit and Fortune columnist Stanley Bing will address attendees on Monday, May 7. On Tuesday, May 8, keynote speaker Paul Laudicina will identify and interpret trends shaping tomorrow's business strategies in his program, "Succeeding in a Dynamic World: Supply Management in the Decade Ahead." Author, comedienne and motivational speaker Dr. Bertice Berry will speak Wednesday, May 9, on "Importance of Social Responsibility and Community Involvement."

ISM's Semiannual Outlook Presentation will be delivered Tuesday morning, May 8. Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., chair, of the ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, releases the committee's Manufacturing Semiannual Economic Forecast. Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M., CFPM, chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, releases the Non-Manufacturing Semiannual Economic Forecast.

Featured speakers for the Economic Outlook Presentation include: John E. Silvia, Ph.D., chief economist for Wachovia Corporation; and R. Keith Schwer, Ph.D., director of The Center for Business and Economic Research at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

For the complete Conference event schedule, a list of educational exhibitors or to register online, visit

Media credentials to attend the 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference must be obtained in advance by contacting ISM Public Relations. Please direct requests for media guidelines and registration to 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 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 and related capabilities 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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