The Institute for Supply Management™ to Welcome the Largest Gathering of Supply Management Professionals in the World, May 5-8, 2002

FOR RELEASE: March 26, 2002

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

(Tempe, Arizona) — The past year has been a difficult one for many businesses. At the Institute for Supply Management™'s (ISM) (formerly NAPM) 87th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit, find out what global business leaders are saying about where the economy is headed, discover how to compete in the new high-tech global economy, and develop skills that emphasize the value of supply management and its effect on an organization’s bottomline.

On May 5-8, 2002, more than 3,000 supply management professionals from around the world will attend the ISM 87th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in San Francisco. The Conference offers educational, networking, and skill-building opportunities in a four-day period. Economic outlooks and keynote addresses presented by renowned business leaders and expert speakers are the highlights of the Conference. This year’s Conference will again offer ISM's Conference Career Center for those members and organizations looking for cutting-edge leaders in the supply management profession.

To kick off the Conference, on Sunday, May 5, Hau L. Lee, Kleiner Perkins, Mayfield, Sequoia Capital Professor, Graduate School of Business and School of Engineering, Stanford University, will discuss the daunting challenge, as well as the dynamics, of the changing technology and product life cycle, and managing procurement in a supply chain. Given the complexity of the supply base and product structure, Lee will emphasize how the Internet facilitates the procurement process and will highlight the great efficiencies that have been achieved as well as the untouched opportunities.

Joining Lee as Conference keynotes are Robert M. Gates, former director, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and Maureen Merkle, vice president, strategic sourcing, SBC Communications, Inc. On Monday, May 6, Gates will present a review of world trouble spots and problems from an insider's perspective, contrasted with emerging markets and promising global economic developments. The closing brunch on Wednesday, May 8 will feature Merkle. She will examine the elements of a professional procurement organization, and will discuss how a successful organization functions and how all of its elements interact. Merkle will define success within the supply management profession and offer insights on what an organization needs to do to measure up and be competitive.

A timely and annual feature at ISM’s Conference is the Economic Outlook Presentation hosted by Norbert J. Ore, C.P.M., chair, ISM Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, and group director, strategic sourcing and procurement, Georgia-Pacific Corp.; and Ralph G. Kauffman, Ph.D., C.P.M., chair, ISM Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, and assistant professor of management and coordinator of the Purchasing and Supply Management Program at the University of Houston–Downtown. This presentation on Tuesday, May 7, will also highlight presentations regarding the future state of the U.S. economy by Scott F. Grannis, director and chief economist, Western Asset Management Company, and Rosanne Cahn, economist, eCAHNomics.

The five educational Conference tracks offered this year are Supply Management: A Strategic Approach, Making the Most of Supplier Relations, Tools for the Effective Supply Manager, Making Sense of the E-Commerce Revolution, and Professional Growth: The Key to Your Future. In addition to educational opportunities, ISM has arranged many networking opportunities during the four-day event to allow attendees a chance to interact with others in the supply management profession.

For more information, or to register for ISM’s 87th Annual International Supply Management Conference, contact ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401. Press seeking a complimentary media pass should contact Kristen Kioa at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 3015, or

The Institute for Supply Management™, established in 1915, is the world’s leading educator of supply management professionals and is a valuable resource for decision makers in major markets, companies, and government. In May 2001 the membership of NAPM voted to change the association’s name from the National Association of Purchasing Management to the Institute for Supply Management™ to reflect the increasing strategic and global significance of supply management. For further information, see the ISM Web site at

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