Top Lineup of Keynotes Announced for 2008 ISM Conference

FOR RELEASE: February 4, 2008

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

Lindsey Yentes
800/888-6276, extension 3087

Award-winning authors, business leaders and industry innovators will inspire and inform supply management professionals in St. Louis, Missouri May 4-7.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) February 4, 2008 — Retired Brigadier General Nick Halley, best-selling author Daniel Pink, strategic purchasing executive Gerd Hofmann and Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Dawes are the keynote speakers for Institute for Supply Management™'s 93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit. This year's Conference will be held May 4-7, 2008 at the America's Center in St. Louis. The four-day educational forum consistently attracts supply management professionals at all stages of their careers who seek critical information, new strategies and a competitive edge.

Brigadier General Nick Halley (U.S. Army, Retired) is the opening keynote speaker at the Sunday General Session. Halley, author of Leadership Under Fire!, will discuss leadership lessons learned from his experiences in both military and corporate sectors. Halley's compelling and entertaining "war stories" will help you be a successful leader, both today and in the future.

Hear from one of the best and brightest on innovation, competition and the changing world of work when Daniel Pink keynotes the Monday General Session. Pink's articles on work, business and technology appear in many newspapers and magazines. His latest book, A Whole New Mind, charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and explains the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced and automated world.

Conference attendees won't want to miss the Tuesday Luncheon keynote by Gerd Hofmann, head of strategic purchasing at Hugo Boss AG. Learn how Hugo Boss, a global market leader in superior fashion, has incorporated sustainability into is philosophy and corporate culture. Hofmann will address sustainability in procurement and the supply chain for both private and public sectors.

Olympic Gold Medalist and television analyst Dominique Dawes rounds out the high-profile lineup when she delivers the Wednesday keynote at the Closing Brunch. A member of the U.S. Gymnastics team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, Dawes garnered Olympic medals in both team (Gold) and individual (Bronze) events. Hear from "Awesome Dawesome," the first African-American to win an individual gymnastics medal, as she presents "Success is a Journey, NOT a Destination".

Visit ISM's Web site at for information on the complete Conference experience, including workshops and educational tracks, Exhibit Hall, Economic Outlook, networking opportunities, Pre- and Post-Conference Seminars, Career Center, CPSM Exams and more.

Media credentials to attend the 93rd Annual International Supply Management Conference must be obtained in advance by contacting ISM Public Relations. Please direct requests for media guidelines and media registration to Jean McHale at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3143, or e-mail

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).