The Institute for Supply Management™ Presents Affiliate of the Year Honors to NAPM - Florida Gulf Coast

FOR RELEASE: May 7, 2002

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(Tempe, AZ) - The Institute of Supply Management™(ISM) presented to NAPM - Florida Gulf Coast the highest distinction of Affiliate of the Year at the ISM 87th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in San Francisco, CA on May 7, 2002.

The Affiliate of the Year Award was established to recognize the affiliate that has best demonstrated an awareness and distinction in their professional operations; educational offerings; and ability to recruit, train, and retain members, while communicating the value and prestige of the Institute for Supply Management™.

NAPM - Florida Gulf Coast was chosen winner of this prestigious award based on its accomplishments in affiliate growth, membership offerings, and contribution to supply management professionals in the Florida Gulf Coast region. "Winning the Affiliate of the Year award is the greatest honor. We at NAPM - Florida Gulf Coast are elated that our efforts to improve and succeed have been recognized on a national level," states Eileen E. Byrne Halczyn, Ph.D., President, NAPM - Florida Gulf Coast. "NAPM - Florida Gulf Coast has come a long way in just two short years. We have grown from 65 members to 202, developed educational seminars to meet the need of each individual member, regardless of their level, and we have utilized resources provided by ISM and have succeeded."

Halczyn continues, "As NAPM - Florida Gulf Coast celebrates this award, the officers and board of directors are committed to further enhancing the educational opportunities provided to its members and to continuing to strategically position the organization as the resource for all purchasing and supply management professionals."

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