ISM to Hold International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit April 25-28, 2004, in Philadelphia

FOR RELEASE: February 4, 2004

(Tempe, Ariz.) — The Institute for Supply Management™ 89th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit will be held April 25-28 in Philadelphia. This year's Conference theme, "Knowledge is the Key," promises purchasing and supply professionals a vibrant mix of keynote speakers, economic forecasts, workshops and networking opportunities.

Five Conference learning tracks provide both focused approaches to knowledge as well as broad overviews of the entire supply arena. More than 100 workshops and in-depth extended sessions will address topics in the areas of financial analysis, supplier relationships, contract management, strategic leadership and business ethics.

Keynote speakers for the 89th Annual Conference include Dick Conrad, senior vice president, Hewlett-Packard Global Operations, Supply Chain, who will present "Our Future Supply Management Lies in Today's Corporate Consciousness." J.T. Battenberg III, chairman, CEO and president of Delphi Corporation, will speak on "Collaboration, Partnerships and Success." David K. Foot, professor of economics at the University of Toronto, will present a fresh and compelling perspective on "It's All in the Demographics." The closing keynote address, "Winners Get Up Faster," will be delivered by Olympic medalist, writer, speaker and athlete Bonnie St. John.

The ISM Semiannual Economic Outlook Presentation will be delivered by Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., and Ralph G. Kauffman, Ph.D., C.P.M. Ore is chair of the Manufacturing ISM Report On Business® and group director, strategic sourcing and procurement for Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Kauffman is chair of the Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business® and associate professor at the University of Houston-Downtown. Economic keynote speaker Mark Zandi, Ph.D., is chief economist and co-founder of, an independent provider of economic, financial and industry research. Brian S. Wesbury, also a special economic keynote speaker, was named The Wall Street Journal's number one U.S. economic forecaster in 2001. Wesbury is first vice president and chief economist for Chicago-based investment bank Griffin, Kubik, Stephens & Thompson, Inc.

Visit ISM's Web site at for registration, hotel and travel information.

Founded in 1915, the Institute for Supply Management™ is the largest supply management institute in the world as well as one of the most respected. ISM's mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities and education. ISM's membership base includes more than 45,000 supply management professionals with a network of domestic and international affiliated associations. ISM is a not-for-profit institute that provides opportunities for the promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.

NOTE: Complimentary media passes are available.

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