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Gain Food for Business Thought at Hospitality Supply Management Spring Conference

FOR RELEASE: February 15, 2007

Media Contact: Jean McHale
  ISM Public Relations
  800/888-6276, Ext. 3143
  E-mail: jmchale@ism.ws

All sessions during May 16-18, 2007 learning and networking event focus on supply management in the hospitality industry.

(TEMPE, Ariz.) February 15, 2007 — Join Hospitality Supply Management (HSM) an Institute for Supply Management™ Forum, for its 2007 Spring Conference at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Chicago. Choose from a smorgasbord of educational sessions on a range of topics from food safety to fuel surcharges to contract negotiations. Session topics include:

  • Trends to Watch
    Review foodservice industry trends to help you manage your business whether you're in the commercial or non-commercial sectors.

  • The Economic and Commodity Outlook for the Coming Year
    Economist Bill Lapp offers his views on what to expect in the coming year — from surging energy costs to rising corn costs.

  • Food Safety: It's More Than Checking the Expiration Date
    Discover surefire supplier approval and monitoring processes, brought to you by professionals from the frontlines of today's food safety issues.

  • Using Social Responsibility as a Corporate Advantage
    This session is co-presented by the executive director of purchasing for Chipotle Mexican Grill and the conservation programs manager at the John G. Shedd Aquarium. Discover how a progressive chain leverages social responsibility practices to their advantage. Also, hear how you can take simple steps to protect your customers with safe seafood-buying practices, while keeping the oceans healthy for generations to come, and saving money!

"Our semiannual conferences allow our members to come together to learn about the latest trends in the industry and access collective knowledge and experience from their peers," says Karen Settlemeyer, HSM chair and senior vice president of procurement at California Pizza Kitchen. "The HSM Conference is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with other professionals, suppliers and industry leaders."

Registrations fee is $349 (USD) for ISM members and $449 (USD) for nonmembers. Information on early registration discounts and team discounts is located online at www.ism.ws. Select Education — Seminars, Conferences. Or download a registration form and submit by fax or mail. To register by phone, contact ISM Customer Service at 800/888-6276, or 480/752-6276, extension 401. Please have your credit card number ready.

ISM Forums are comprised of members who are employed in a specific sector and come together for the sole purpose of exchanging information and ideas about supply management in that specific sector. Hospitality Supply Management Forum membership is limited to supply management professionals, including foodservice purchasing managers in the hospitality sector.

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).


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