The Institute for Supply Management™ Announces the 2003 Persons of the Year and Affiliate Excellence Awards

FOR RELEASE: April 27, 2004

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143

(Tempe, Ariz.) — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) has announced the recipients of its 2003 Persons of the Year Awards, honoring affiliate members who make outstanding contributions to ISM and the supply management profession. The 2003 Persons of the Year Award winners were officially announced at ISM's 89th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Philadelphia on April 27, 2004. Now in their fourth year, the awards recognize excellence in Education/Learning, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Marketing/Communicating and Volunteerism.

Education/Learning Person of the Year — Thomas Williams, Jr., C.P.M., NAPM—Kansas City, purchasing specialist for Hallmark Cards Inc. Williams is honored for the quality and variety of learning opportunities he has brought to the affiliate. In addition to an excellent "Economic Panel" of four top researchers from the area's top business schools, Williams also organized a highly popular tour of the Kansas City Harley-Davidson plant. He is an avid activist for Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) certification in his company and promotes C.P.M. certification to colleagues overseas in China and at his company's Hong Kong office.

Innovation/Creativity Person of the Year — Eddie Burton, C.P.M., NAPM—Tulsa, Inc. Burton is a master at recruiting new leaders and encouraging fresh ideas. He was part of the ad hoc committee responsible for re-engineering the governance structure of the Southwest Supply Chain Forum (SWSCF). Under Burton's leadership, the SWSCF introduced several conference-related enhancements including tabletop exhibits and reception, a golf tournament for suppliers and soliciting sponsorship dollars to cover the cost of conference meals and breaks.

Leadership Person of the Year — Barbara A. Shepard, C.P.M., NAPM—Columbus, purchasing coordinator for Honda of America Manufacturing Inc. Shepard was instrumental in the creation of a five-year strategic plan for the affiliate and made sure it included ISM goals in its strategic planning. In addition to drafting detailed descriptions of officer roles and responsibilities, Shepard developed a board member orientation program and encouraged committees to submit activity plans to help them achieve their goals.

Marketing/Communicating Person of the Year — Michael Dills, C.P.M., A.P.P., NAPM—Western Washington, purchasing manager for Sea-Dog Corp. Dills wrote and disseminated news releases, designed marketing materials and developed a three-year marketing plan for the affiliate. His networking skills and enthusiasm enhance new member outreach efforts and inspire members to set and maintain high standards for the affiliate.

Volunteer Person of the Year — J. Michael Forman, C.P.M., A.P.P., NAPM—Diablo Valley, Inc., equipment supply management manager for Wells Fargo Services Co. In his 30-plus years in purchasing and supply management, Forman has gained a vast amount of knowledge and skill which he has always been willing to share. He mentors others, especially those on the affiliate board of directors. Forman has been recognized on numerous occasions over the past 13 years for his contributions and leadership at the affiliate and national levels of ISM.

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