ISM Names Persons of the Year

FOR RELEASE: May 8, 2007

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Supply Chain Professionals Are Honored for Their Contributions to Supply Management

(Tempe, Ariz.,) May 8, 2007 — Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) has announced its Persons of the Year Awards, honoring those who have made significant contributions to ISM and the supply management profession. Each winner was officially recognized for their contribution at ISM's 92nd Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, held in Las Vegas, May 6-9, 2007. In its seventh year, the Persons of the Year Awards program recognizes excellence in Education/Learning, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Marketing/Communicating and Volunteerism. The 2006 ISM Persons of the Year recipients are:

Education/Learning Person of the Year — Jim Gomes, C.P.M., ISM—Dallas, Inc.
Jim Gomes, C.P.M., employed by Nokia, exemplifies the ISM spirit through his contributions to the profession. As second vice president of education for ISM—Dallas, Inc., Gomes is responsible for providing programs for dinner meetings and pre-dinner meetings, implementing satellite seminars, maintaining the library and working with the scholarship program as well as career fairs. Gomes also is involved in both the planning and teaching of seminars, and he coordinates two five-day training sessions per term of office. In addition, Gomes works with the director of the student affiliate at University of North Texas. He often speaks at their monthly meetings. Gomes is also the recipient of the 2005-06 Presidential Citation Award, an award given to a member that has shown exceptional work and dedication to the ISM—Dallas affiliate.

Innovation/Creativity Person of the Year — Robert VanNiel, NAPM—Rochester, Inc.
Robert (Bob) VanNiel, an active member of NAPM—Rochester, Inc. for more than eight years, has played a vital role in innovation and creativity within his local affiliate. Currently employed by Utility Shared Services and Home Depot, VanNiel consistently thinks outside of the box in order to provide new and innovative approaches to the profession. VanNiel currently serves as president and through his direction, his local affiliate has strengthened its connections to APICS with joint meetings and increased contact. VanNiel has also played a significant role in developing programs with Monroe Community College with training and seminars. Throughout his years with NAPM—Rochester, VanNiel has held several positions including director, vice president and president.

Leadership Person of the Year — Edward Riggie, C.P.M., NAPM—Binghamton, Inc.
Ed Riggie, C.P.M., has played an integral role in the success of the Binghamton NAPM affiliate. With only two years of membership under his belt, Riggie assumed the position of president, a position he has now held for the past three years. In recent months, Riggie has demonstrated his gift of leadership by pulling his affiliate through rough times. Seeing a recent decline in local affiliate membership, Riggie rallied for a change in rebuilding their membership base. As a result of his efforts, membership has risen by approximately 13 members and finances within the affiliate are at an impressive level. Certification efforts are also reaping results, as the affiliate has seen four new certified A.P.Ps and one new C.P.M. Riggie has been a much-needed agent for change during a time when solid leadership was needed the most.

Marketing/Communicating Person of the Year — Monte Rider, C.P.M., Nevada Association of Purchasing and Supply Management, Inc.
Monte Rider, C.P.M., has effectively used marketing and communications tools in his affiliate for the advancement of ISM and the profession. Rider shows a superior ability and willingness to work positively and effectively with both peers and the public. After seeing a need in his company to educate employees in procurement practices, Rider was instrumental in convincing management that NAPSM/ISM would help achieve that goal. Through his recruitment effort among his company, Newmont Mining, Rider has recruited 22 new members — a major percentage of the affiliate's membership. Utilizing the NAPSM/ISM newsletter, Rider encourages various programs and membership recruitment efforts.

Volunteer Person of the Year — Katherine S. Uchman, ISM—Sacramento Valley, Inc.
Katherine Uchman, an ISM member since 1997, promotes the ISM mission through her contributions to the profession. Uchman has prospered in supply management and demonstrated the value of belonging to ISM through her volunteerism and enthusiasm. She participates in most activities of her affiliate including outreach to local businesses and universities. Uchman has made significant contributions in advancing educational and training opportunities through continuous improvement of ISM products and programs. Since becoming the education chair in 2003-04, she has been working to establish a training program for the Sacramento Valley affiliate. She is currently working on her third year of educational development. Uchman has also been involved in organizing and teaching the C.P.M. Test Review Program for the Sacramento Valley affiliate working to promote the importance of certification in the profession by heading up C.P.M. study groups and review classes. Uchman is also currently serving a five-year term on the Permanent Conference Committee and works with other board members to organize students' chapters at various colleges in her area.

As the 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 is proud to recognize professional excellence in supply management with awards such as the ISM R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management and the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. 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).

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