The Institute for Supply Management™'s 88th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit To be Held May 18-21, 2003 in Nashville, TN

FOR RELEASE: February 10, 2003

CONTACT: Kristen Kioa
  ISM Media Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3015

(Tempe, AZ) — There's never been a better time to reinforce skills, learn about best practices, and discover new trends in the supply management field. The Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) 88th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, May 18-21, 2003, in Nashville promises to provide what supply management professionals need to take their organizations into the next era.

The five distinct learning tracks offer a symphony of topics and allow each supply management professional to focus on what needs to be done to succeed. Whether it's supplier relationships, financial analysis, contract management, strategic leadership, or business ethics, this year's Conference is sure to have what it takes to move careers, organizations, and the profession up the charts.

Keynote speakers for the 88th Annual Conference include Tony (Thomas K.) Brown, vice president, Ford Global Purchasing who will present "Expectations: What OEMs and Suppliers Can Expect of Each Other in Today's Environment." "New Trends in Supply Management Today," will be offered by Allan Z. Loren, chairman and CEO, The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation (D&B), and Theresa Metty, senior vice president and general manager, Worldwide Supply Chain Operations, Motorola Personal Communications Sector (PCS) will present the "Next-Generation Supply Management." The closing keynote address, "U.S. Marine Corps Materiel Command…Ensuring the Readiness of the Corps through Intelligent Business Practices," will be given by Major General Bradley M. Lott, USMC, Commander, Marine Corps, Materiel Command.

ISM's semiannual Economic Outlook Presentation will be given by Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M, chair of the ISM Manufacturing Report On Business® and group director, strategic sourcing for Georgia Pacific Corporation and Ralph Kauffman, Ph.D., C.P.M., chair of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Report On Business® and assistant professor, University of Houston Downtown. Special economic keynote presentations will be given by Kathleen Cooper, Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, U.S. Department of Commerce and Donald Ratajczak, Ph.D. Regent's Professor Emeritus of Economics (retired), Georgia State University.

In addition to these phenomenal keynote presentations, the Conference offers over 100 workshops to maximize training dollars. A special Conference highlight this year is the offering of the C.P.M. and A.P.P exams at half-price. Register for the complete Conference or a 2-day pre-Conference seminar to take advantage of this outstanding offer.

ISM understands the importance of "staying connected" while out of the office, and will for the first time offer the ISM Cyber Café which allows Conference attendees the opportunity to stay connected to the office, projects, and e-mail will attending the ISM 88th Annual Supply Management Conference.

Register for the Conference now to take the first step in discovering emerging trends and hot topics in supply management as well as innovative ideas that can be easily translated into practical solutions. Register for the Conference online at

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