Leading-Edge Speakers and Sessions Highlight ISM's Supply Network Conference

FOR RELEASE: September 29, 2003

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

(Tempe) — This year, the Institute for Supply Management ™ (ISM) has designed a supply management network conference to exceed all others. Based on the four cornerstones of business: finance, information, relationships, and physical, the ISM Supply Network Conference: Extending Your Influence for Even Better Performance in Your Supply Network being held in Scottsdale, Arizona, November 17-19, 2003 offers insightful and strategic sessions.

Conference highlights include dynamic educational sessions presented by industry leaders representing manufacturing, educational providers, retail, financial management, technology, and non-manufacturing services. The Conference kicks off with a keynote address from Timothy D. Larson, C.P.M., CPIM, CPP, vice president of purchasing for Michael Foods, who presents a framework for developing a strategic supply management plan. Larson will also focus on how to extend procurement's influence in nontraditional areas and how to implement change for better supply management performance.

In addition, other keynote presentations will be given by Joseph L. Cavinato, Ph.D, C.P.M., director of ISM's Center for Strategic Leadership (CSSL), ISM professor of supply management, Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, who will offer CSSL research findings related to key imperatives that senior management expects from supply management this decade. He will also provide a second session focusing on 21st Century supply leadership. Navi Radjou, analyst from Forrester Research, will present a keynote on transforming static supply chains into adaptive supply networks. A final keynote presentation will be given by Michael R. Katzorke, former senior vice president of supply chain management for Cessna Aircraft Company. Katzorke will address the significance of achieving improved service levels to get the right products to the right locations resulting in increased sales volumes.

The ISM Supply Network Conference will also feature workshops that focus on lessons learned and real-world successes with new perspectives and proven strategies to give each organization a competitive edge. Workshop speakers from organizations such as Dell Computer Corp., Microsoft, Alcoa, Forrester Research, Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, Cooley Godward LLP, Fujitsu Transaction Solutions, Inc., SBC Communications, Rockwell Collins, Lear Corporation, and Cessna represent decades of experience and dedication to a successful supply management framework.

For additional information on this Conference, or to register, contact ISM's Customer Service Department at 800/888-6276 or 480/752-6276, extension 401. Register online at www.ism.ws, and receive a $25.00 discount. Complimentary media passes are available as well. Contact Kristen Kioa at 800/888-6276, 480/752-6276, extension 3015, or at kkioa@ism.ws.

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