Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) Announces the Retirement of Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee Chair

FOR RELEASE: June 2, 2006

Media Contact: Rose Marie Goupil
  ISM, Media Relations
  Tempe, Arizona
  800/888-6276, Ext. 3015

New Chair to assume position beginning with the June Non-Manufacturing Report On Business®

TEMPE, Ariz., June 2, 2006 — After more than 12 years of service, Ralph G. Kauffman, Ph.D., C.P.M, will retire as ISM's Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee chair. Kauffman's replacement, Anthony S. Nieves, C.P.M, A.P.P., CFPM, will assume responsibility of the ISM Non-Manufacturing Report On Business® effective June 5, 2006.

Prior to stepping into the Non-Manufacturing Business Survey Committee chair position in 1997, Kauffman served as chair of the Manufacturing Business Committee from 1994 to 1996. After a career change from the oil industry to his most recent role as associate professor of management and coordinator of the Supply Chain Management Program at the University of Houston-Downtown, ISM asked Kauffman to lead the initiative to develop the Non-Manufacturing survey and the affiliated Non-Manufacturing Report On Business®.

Kauffman's dedication to the field of supply management was not limited to his volunteer role with ISM. He has published numerous articles in management journals including the Academy of Management Journal, The Journal of Supply Chain Management and the Journal of Business and Industrial Marketing. He has presented papers at national and international academic and professional conferences, including the ISM Annual International Supply Management Conference. He is also co-editor of the current edition of The Supply Management Handbook.

Nieves, in his new role, will write the monthly Non-Manufacturing ISM Report On Business® based on the survey results of approximately 370 supply management professionals. Nieves is currently senior vice president of supply management for Hilton Hotels Corp. In this capacity, Nieves oversees the supply management of goods and services for all properties within the Hilton family of brands, as well as the formulation and implementation of corporate procurement policies and procedures. He also served on the ISM Board of Directors for six years and served as Board Chair from 2003 to 2005.

As the oldest and largest supply management institute in the world, the mission of Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) is to lead supply management. 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).