ISM-Arizona, Inc.

A Chapter of the Institute for Supply Management working together to advance the profession of supply management.

Arizona's Leading Supply Management Professionals 

About ISM-Arizona, Inc.

Originally founded as PMAA—the Purchasing Management Association of Arizona in 1951, ISM-Arizona has served purchasing and materials management professionals in Arizona for well over 65 years. ISM-Arizona is a not-for-profit professional educational association that offers seminars, workshops, plant/DC tours, and networking meeting programs specifically geared toward the ever-changing environment of procurement, materials management, and planning.

ISM-Arizona is the Arizona chapter of the Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) which through its network of over 50,000 professionals and over 70 chapters worldwide. Members enjoy the latest in professional development opportunities, literature and material references, and benchmarking studies (conducted by CAPS Research).

With over 200 members, ISM-Arizona offers its members an excellent opportunity for both networking and education. As a member of ISM-Arizona, you will receive many benefits and services.

ISM-Arizona was honored with the Affiliate of Excellence Award in 2007, 2013, 2015, and 2017. The ISM Affiliate Excellence Award was for those chapters that meet or surpass core competencies.

OUR MISSION:  Provide members with opportunities for professional and personal development through supply chain management education, advocacy, and public awareness programs.

OUR VISION:  A business environment in which supply chain management is recognized as an area of specific expertise and where supply chain practitioners are viewed as professionals.

OUR VALUES:  ISM-Arizona members maintain high professional standards of competency and ethics as supply chain professionals.

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Suppliers are from Mars, Customers are from Venus: Solving issues with Relationship 360s

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 11:00 AM MST

Speaker: Molly Louthan, CEO - Vericlude

CEHs: 1.0 Hours

What is a Relationship 360?

Why should organizations run 360s?

What are the key aspects of running a successful 360?

Case Studies on outcomes from 360s

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Webinar: Negotiating with Videoconferencing Tools

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 4:00 PM MST

Speaker: Graham Crawshaw

CEHs: 1.0 Hours

In the COVID-19 world, supply management professionals are more reliant on videoconferencing to conduct negotiations.

Graham will cover best practices, tips, and strategies for effective negotiations via tools like WebEx, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams. 

At EMI, Graham regularly supported major artists, including The Beatles, Queen, and Pink Floyd, in developing and sourcing their unique packaging requirements, and subsequently worked on the company’s first music streaming contract.  

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Webinar: Finding Your Next Career Challenge

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 11:00 AM MST

Speaker: Mark Holyoake 

CEHs: 1.0 Hours

A Fireside Chat With Mark Holyoake

Join us for an hour with one of the premier procurement staffing professionals in the trusted area as we discuss the current market for procurement professionals.

Mark Holyoake, Owner and Managing Director of Holyoake Search, is a great resource who can help show the skills most sought after by employers.

Hosted by: David Johnson, Head of Supplier Management, Zoetis

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Webinar: Stop $$$ Leaking Through the Supply Chain, Draining the Bottom Line

Wednesday, October 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM MST

Speaker: Jane Tierney, MBA, CPSM, CPSD, President - Purple Link

CEHs: 1.0 Hours

Many organizations struggle with poor supplier performance or strained supplier relationships. Managers lose sleep over the discovered and unknown risks in their supply chain and fret that the current staff lack skills to tackle strategic objectives needed to improve year over year results.

To concerned executives, these sound like a faucet leaking money from the supply chain, draining the bottom line. This session presents a model for supplier management which includes:

  • Four aspects of supplier management
  • Four levels of organizational maturity
  • Five key skills for supply chain professionals
  • Five steps to robust supplier management
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Welcome to ISM-Arizona's new website! 

The last couple of years have been an unprecedented time for our chapter. We've successfully transitioned from in-person meetings to a virtual presence.  The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to an exciting slate of events for the 2021-22 year. 

In case you missed it, ISM-Arizona was featured in July's Inside Supply Management magazine.  

Additionally, I'm happy to announce we've partnered with ISM-New Jersey to provide webinars and CEH opportunities at no cost to current ISM-Arizona members.  These webinars will start August 11 and cover various Sourcing and Supply Chain topics.

Our 2021-22 chapter year starts off in August with the Annual Business Meeting on August 25.  We will share our financial and member statistics, give some exciting updates about ISM and ISM-Arizona, and also present our annual Harry B. Wiggins Scholarship to an accomplished ASU Supply Chain Management undergrad.

Along with our outstanding Board of Directors, I'm looking forward to the coming year.  It wouldn't be possible without your continued support and membership.

David Sebesta, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M., A.P.P.

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Your membership in ISM will provide a powerful path to stay connected, engaged, and up-to-date with everything happening in supply management. Serious procurement and supply chain professionals are dedicated to staying in the know about their profession and staying at the top of their game. An ISM membership will provide you with that and more.

More than 100 years of experience speaks for itself – ISM can help you succeed. It's our mission.

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