ISM Names 2004 Persons of the Year Award Recipients at 90th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit

FOR RELEASE: May 10, 2005

CONTACT: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276 ext. 3143
  jmchale@ism.ws

TEMPE, Ariz., May 10, 2005 — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) has announced its 2004 Persons of the Year Awards, honoring affiliate members who make outstanding contributions to ISM and the supply management profession. The 2004 Persons of the Year Award winners are officially honored at ISM's 90th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in San Antonio. Now in their fifth year, the awards recognize excellence in Education/Learning, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership, Marketing/Communicating and Volunteerism. Recipients of ISM's 2004 Persons of the Year Award are:

Education/Learning Person of the Year — Rich Flanagan, NAPM—Columbus, Inc.
Rich Flanagan is honored for contributions that advance educational and training opportunities through continuous improvement of ISM products and programs. He promotes the profession, lifelong learning and the value of certification to students, to fellow members and to the business world. Flanagan is a professor at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, where he has received numerous awards, including the Robert L. Bailey Teaching Award. He has served as NAPM—Columbus, Inc.'s academic advisor for 14 years and is a founding committee member of the affiliate's scholarship program. A gifted seminar planner and leader, Flanagan developed a popular two-day Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) review session. He has been invited to conduct C.P.M. classes to employees at numerous businesses throughout central Ohio. Flanagan assists his affiliate with the local delivery of ISM Satellite Seminar broadcasts and is a popular presenter at affiliate meetings.

Innovation/Creativity Person of the Year — Andrew Russell, NAPM—Southern Colorado, Inc.
Andrew Russell is honored for his innovative approaches and success as a "change" agent for his affiliate. Over the past two years, he transformed the NAPM—Southern Colorado, Inc. Web site into a valuable affiliate resource. In addition to new graphics and audio visual features, Russell made extensive content enhancements and introduced a one-stop membership center, online e-invites and meeting registrations, and expanded job search tools. Russell also demonstrated creativity in his volunteer role as programs vice president and president elect. He sought to promote an interactive environment and used the first dinner meeting of the affiliate fiscal year to engage members in brainstorming and networking discussions that generated member-relevant meetings and professional development ideas that carried forward for the remainder of the year. Russell is procurement manager for Compassion International in Colorado Springs.

Leadership Person of the Year — Cynthia Trainer, C.P.M., NAPM—Western Washington, Inc.
Cynthia Trainer, C.P.M., is honored as a member who has been a visionary for the advancement of ISM and the supply management profession. She actively promotes the supply management profession at the local and national levels. Her willingness to manage and encourage change has steered the affiliate through Web site enhancements and improvements to the software used to maintain affiliate records. In addition to spearheading a new affiliate marketing initiative, Trainer reorganized and promoted the affiliate's business plan and continually works to insure that the goals of NAPM—Western Washington, Inc. align with the mission and strategic goals of ISM. Trainer serves as a mentor and resource to board members and committees volunteers. Her service on ISM committees also provides opportunities for contributing to positive changes in the supply management profession. Trainer is an SAP trainer for the City of Tacoma, business information systems department, specializing in materials management. She is a former member of ISM's Ethical Standards Committee and was recently appointed to the ISM Affiliate Support Council.

Marketing/Communicating Person of the Year — Barbara A. Shepard, C.P.M., NAPM—Columbus, Inc.
Shepard is president of Global Supply Management, Inc. - Group Purchasing (GSM), a consortium purchasing company in Columbus, Ohio. GSM enables small- to medium-sized companies to receive discounts normally only available to large companies due to their size. Shepard was formerly employed with Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. Throughout her professional career, Shepard has maintained an extensive committee service record with NAPM—Columbus, Inc. She continually demonstrates the value of membership to her supply management colleagues and the business community at large. Shepard works with each featured program speaker to insure that attendees can take clearly summarized values back to their jobs. In addition to her outreach to the news media, Shepard is a frequent speaker to professional and student audiences. Her interest in membership growth and professional development has resulted in high quality orientation materials. She launched NAPM—Columbus, Inc.'s "Value of Membership" initiative and also spearheaded a "Winning with Participation" program. Shepard is a member of ISM's Women in Leadership Group.

Volunteer Person of the Year — John R. Bird, C.P.M., A.P.P., NAPM—Western Wyoming, Inc.
John R. Bird, C.P.M., A.P.P., is honored as a member who most exemplifies the spirit of ISM and the supply management profession. A member since 1989, Bird was instrumental in the formation of NAPM—Western Wyoming, Inc., in 1998 and served as the affiliate's first president. He has held most affiliate volunteer and elected positions and also served at the national level. From 2003-2005, Bird was a member of ISM's Affiliate Support Council and from 2001-2003 he served on ISM's Summer Leadership Committee. In addition to serving as membership chair for many years, Bird led the committee that developed and implemented NAPM—Western Wyoming, Inc.'s strategic plan. He remains a key participant in affiliate fundraising efforts. Bird has earned Lifetime Certification in both Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) and Accredited Purchasing Practitioner (A.P.P.) professional designations. He is stores team leader for FMC Corporation in Green River, Wyoming.


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