R. Gene Richter Awards to Honor Signal Achievements in Supply Management Leadership and Innovation

FOR RELEASE: July 14, 2005

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

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is accepting applications for the R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management. Organizations of all sizes and geographic locations, domestic and international, are invited to apply free of charge. The first annual awards program, by ISM, will recognize innovative supply organizations that, through strong leadership, demonstrate critical and strategic contributions to business success.

"During his career, Gene helped elevate the profession to world-class stature," says ISM Chief Executive Officer Paul Novak, C.P.M., A.P.P. "These unique awards capture the spirit of this visionary leader."

ISM is accepting entries to the awards competition through an online submission process. Multiple entries are welcome via the ISM Web site at www.ism.ws/richterawards/. Judges will review entries in four primary categories: Process, Technology, People and Organization/Structure. Awards will be granted to projects that address big challenges for which new solutions have had wide organizational and/or supply chain impact. Top award contenders must show truly innovative solutions, and entries must be supported by rigorous data on real-world performance. The deadline for entries for the 2006 awards is September 20, 2005. Projects submitted for consideration under one or more categories must have been completed and/or implemented within the 12-month period prior to the submission date.

Award recipients will be publicly announced and honored on Monday, May 8, 2006 during ISM's 91st Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Minneapolis. Corporate supporters for the 2006 awards include ADR International, Ariba, Inc. and Eclaro International. Applicants need to agree that, if selected, they will make two presentations at Conference sessions the Tuesday afternoon following the Monday Awards Dinner. For additional information on the four awards categories, the judging process and online submission, visit the ISM Web site at www.ism.ws/richterawards/. Questions regarding the R. Gene Richter Awards for Leadership and Innovation in Supply Management can be directed to Scott Sturzl, C.P.M., at 800/888-6276, extension 3105 (or, for callers outside the United States, 480/752-7890, extension 3105), or by e-mail at RichterAwards@ism.ws.

About ADR International
ADR International (www.adrna.com) is an experienced, specialist purchasing consultancy. ADR applies their considerable knowledge and expertise to help clients improve every aspect of their supply management function, providing solutions that have a positive and lasting effect. By using modern techniques and tools along with traditional skills and strategy, ADR's highly flexible approach delivers effective results. ADR is highly respected for their quality of work and commitment to customer needs.

About Ariba, Inc.
Ariba, Inc. is the leading provider of Spend Management solutions to help companies realize rapid and sustainable bottom line results. Successful companies around the world in every industry use Ariba Spend Management software and services. Ariba can be contacted in the U.S. at 1.650.390.1000 or at www.ariba.com.

About Eclaro International
Eclaro International (www.eclaroit.com), a certified MBE, is an IT staffing firm which has become an integrated part of its clients' supply chains by delivering innovative, flexible high-quality services, across geographic boundaries in a timely manner, and at the right price. Eclaro offers: IT Staffing; Telco Specialists; Cleared Personnel; Professional Payrolling; and Diversity Vendor Consolidation.

About Procuri
Procuri (www.procuri.com), the leader in OnDemand Enterprise Supplier and Contract Management solutions, empowers more than 300 customers of all sizes, industries, geographies and spend categories, including Eastman Kodak, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Newell Rubbermaid, Rio Tinto and U.S. Steel. Procuri's OnDemand solutions accelerate bottom line savings and drive top line performance throughout organizations with comprehensive yet user-friendly solutions that control costs, manage performance, ensure compliance and quickly deliver more value.

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. ISM defines supply management as the identification, acquisition, access, positioning and management of resources the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence, influence building and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM continues to extend the global impact of supply management. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals in 75 countries. Supply management professionals are responsible for trillions of dollars in the purchases of products and services annually. ISM is a member of the International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management (IFPSM). Visit ISM's Media Room at www.ism.ws, Quick Search: QS130.

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