The Institute for Supply Management™ Announces the 2001 Person of the Year Awards

FOR RELEASE: May 7, 2002

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

(Tempe, AZ) - The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is proud to announce the 2001 Person of the Year Awards recognizing excellence in Education, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Marketing/Communication, and Volunteerism.

Education/Learning Person of the Year - Kevin M. Merriman, C.P.M., NAPM Rochester, manager of strategic procurement, Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. Merriman has made significant contributions for advancing educational and training opportunities through continuous improvement of ISM products and programs.

Innovation/Creativity Person of the Year - Yvonne J. Ventimiglia, C.P.M., NAPM Kansas City, division manager of leverage purchasing, Layne Christensen. By exhibiting an innovative approach to the work of the profession, and through the use of initiative and creativity, which improved performance, Ventimiglia is named Innovation/Creativity Person of the Year.

Leadership Person of the Year - Ellen A. Berry, C.P.M., NAPM Kansas City, negotiator, Utilicorp United. Berry has been a visionary for the advancement of ISM, the profession, and the public at large. She has been a member who shows willingness to manage change in work priorities, procedures, and organization.

Marketing/Communication Person of the Year - Douglas S. Gwin, C.P.M., NAPM Kansas City, negotiator, Sprint. Gwin has made the most effective use of marketing and communication tools for the advancement of ISM and the profession. He shows a superior ability and willingness to work positively and effectively both up and down the line with peers and the public.

Volunteer Person of the Year - Ken E. Guiles, C.P.M., A.P.P., NAPM Tenneva, procurement manager, Eastman Chemical Co. Guiles most exemplifies the spirit of ISM and the supply management profession by his continuous contributions to the profession, his affiliate, and ISM.

The Institute for Supply Management congratulates these individuals for their hard work, dedication, and excellence. 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