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Institute for Supply Management™ Announces Call for 2008 Shipman Award Nominations

FOR RELEASE: July 31, 2007

Media Contacts:
ISM Public Relations
Lindsey Yentes
800/888-6276 extension 3087
lyentes@ism.ws

Jean McHale
800/888-6276 extension 3143
jmchale@ism.ws

Call for prestigious award to open August 1, 2007.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) August 1, 2007 — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) announces that beginning on August 1, 2007, nominations will be accepted for the J. Shipman Gold Medal Award. The J. Shipman Gold Medal Award is presented annually to those individuals whose persistent efforts have aided the advancement of supply management.

Johnson Shipman was a pioneer member of the New York affiliate of the National Association of Purchasing Agents, well-known for giving liberally of his time and counsel. The award was established in 1931 to commemorate the contributions of Shipman, a man known for his vision, intellect and influence on important issues. The award is presented to those individuals whose modest, unselfish, sincere and persistent efforts have aided the advancement of the supply management field. Those chosen for the award have also assisted and guided members of the supply management profession in their endeavors.

If you wish to nominate someone who has performed distinguished service for the cause and advancement of supply management as an innovator, community leader, mentor and teacher, please contact Judy Waters at ISM after August 1, 2007: 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3034; jwaters@ism.ws. Nominations are due by January 31, 2008. Nominees do not have to be ISM members.

For more information on previous Shipman medalists, visit the ISM Web site at www.ism.ws. Select About ISM/J. Shipman Gold Medal Award.

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).

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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