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FOR RELEASE: March 13, 2008

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UPMG 77th annual conference September 14-16, 2008 offers educational programming and peer-to-peer networking in San Francisco.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) March 13, 2008 — Join supply management professionals in the utility industry for the 77th annual Utilities Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) conference, September 14-16, 2008 at the San Francisco Marriott. UPMG is affiliated with Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM), one of the largest and most respected supply management associations in the world.

This year's event, "Next Generation Supply Chain," features 11 hours of educational programming and opportunities for peer-to-peer networking. Sessions highlights include:

  • CPO Roundtable — Find out what's on the minds of the chief procurement officers of some of the largest utilities in North America.
  • Future Expectations for Chief Procurement Officers — A futuristic look at the professional development that will be required to meet the challenges of the near future.
  • Living in Exponential Times — an interesting look at the impact our companies have today on our children tomorrow.
  • The Future of Supply Chain Management — a study showing the changes brought about by global sourcing, management trends and the greening of the supply chain.

According to UPMG Chair Edward J. Sampson, "Next Generation Supply Chain" promises to continue UPMG's legacy of sharing best practices and philosophies to improve supply chain management. "Our conference is now in its 77th year and we are proud to be able to continue our record of being the preeminent utility industry source for the sharing of information, ideas, concepts and best practices," Sampson says. "The San Francisco Marriott is a great venue for our lineup of informed and influential speakers."

Other session topics will include green supply chain practices and topics related to coal and nuclear power generation and transmission and distribution.

Online registration for the UPMG conference and online hotel reservations are available at the UPMG Web site. For complete information on fees, sponsorship opportunities and networking events, visit www.upmg.org/Conference.html.

About ISM Utilities Purchasing Management Group (www.upmg.org)
The UPMG exists as a professional organization to implement industry-wide programs focused on the education and personal development of its membership, the sharing and development of best practices with a special emphasis on the strategic contribution of the supply chain, and the support and advancement of the supply chain management profession in accordance with the policies and guidelines established by the Institute for Supply Management™.

About Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) www.ism.ws
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).