NAPM—St. Louis Changes Name

FOR RELEASE: March 30, 2007

Susan Vollmer
ISM—St. Louis Director of Marketing
636/349-7387 (phone)
314/378-7678 (cell)

A new name often means a change in trends or the way that things are done. This is the case with an organization that had previously been known as the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM)—St. Louis. The group has changed its name to match the parent organization and is now known as the Institute for Supply Management (ISM)—St. Louis. ISM—St. Louis has also officially changed its name with the State of Missouri, which became effective in March of this year.

Purchasing professionals are evolving beyond the traditional roles of purchasing to encompass more critical roles as partners in strategic sourcing. This involves working with business units, also known as stakeholders, to identify their needs from the beginning of a concept. Then the supply management professional with input from the stakeholders identifies potential suppliers and works with every aspect of a product or service, including all the legs of the transportation, warehousing and distribution.

Educational events and meetings held by ISM—St. Louis are open to the public. Business members include those from not for profit corporations, university faculty, government employees, Fortune 500 companies and organizations / business of all sizes. ISM—St. Louis is open to all industries and those working in a supply management capacity, plus those studying to join the field.

The board of directors for ISM—St. Louis include: President Kay Givens, C.P.M., of Des Peres Hospital; President-Elect Kimberly Butts, C.P.M., CPPB, of the City of Kirkwood; Vice President Julie Wulff, C.P.M., of Supplywise Solutions; Director of Education Don Sante of Tubular Steel; Director of Finance Ardith Angelbeck, A.P.P., of Correctional Medical Services; Director of Marketing Susan Vollmer of UniGroup Worldwide UTS; Director of Membership Eugene Kattak, C.P.M., of Tyco Healthcare and Director of Professional Development Marty Rutkovitz of Monsanto.

For questions or for more information about ISM—St. Louis, check the Web site -- -- or contact: or phone: 314/646-7442.

ISM—St. Louis is an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management™ (ISM) -- ISM defines supply management as: "the identification, acquisition, access, positioning, and management of resources and related capabilities the organization needs or potentially needs in the attainment of its strategic objectives."