Competitive Edge - Monthly E-Newsletter - Volume XXXIX - VI

        "Life is inherently risky.  There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, 
        and that is the risk of doing nothing."  
                                                                                                                          Denis Waitley
February 2017 - In This Issue:
President's Message
James Martin
  Dear Members:
As we start the month of February, our organization is in full preparation mode for our annual conference. For me, this year marks my tenth consecutive conference that I have participated in. Over the past 10 years, some of the best information I have obtained in the supply chain field has come of it as a direct result of attending the conference.  I urge you to spend the day learning and networking.
When you consider the cost some other organization sponsored conferences or events, the value that ISM-New York offers is beyond comparison. If you haven't already taken the opportunity, I urge you to visit our website at and learn more information about this year's conference.

Another great event that's coming up later this month is our annual economic review meeting. Once again we're going to be hosted by NYU.   We feature a panel-led discussion on the economy and the  ISM-New York Report on Business. This meeting is one of the best attended  of the year and gives a picture of the local New York metro area and the business conditions around us.  Don't miss it!

There always is the opportunity to participate in our professional development program. Once again, I  encourage you to visit our website where information is posted for the month of February and March on our current offerings.

Lastly, we begin our search for ISM-New York members who may be interested in participating as volunteers on our Board of Directors. If you have an interest and want to participate and give back to an organization that gives so much to its members, please contact our Executive Director, Julienne Ryan via email or call the ISM-New York office at (800) 975-0725 and indicate your interest. 

Coincidentally, I am serving in my 10 th year as a Board Member or support staff.   The experience I've had far exceeded my expectations. I  met many people over the years, that  I may not have known otherwise. It is a worthwhile endeavor.

I hope to see you at the February meeting and our Annual Conference in March.

Jim Martin
President, ISM - New York 
Vice President, Enterprise Spend Management - IT Sourcing and Contracts 
Financial Operations of the Americas / FMA
Upcoming Professional Development & Certification Review

ISM- New York Website

Utilize the ISM-New York Website to view:  Job Postings , ISM -New York Home Page     Resources  like the  3rd Quarter Commodity Report

Find out about "The Story of the Numbers - The January 2017 Report on  Business." 
 LinkedIn &  and Podcast.

ISM - New York
Sourcing Circles (SIGS) 
Are you interested in participating in one of ISM-New York's Special Interest Sourcing Circles? To find out more contact:
Retail & Consumer Goods
"Break Out of the Pack:
Advancements in Managing Complexity"
Date: March 27th  Noon - 1:30PM
Location: KPMG's NYC Office
Melissa Drew
Click Here to Register  

Contingency Labor
Frank Sands at

Health Related
Lucreta Ay at

Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility
Issac Fang & Robert Kuhn at &
 For: Technology, 
Human Resources, 
Health Care,
Marketing & Advertising & Print

Email with your Sourcing Circle interest in the subject line to sign up and find out more information.

First Vice President
Tandra Davis

Dear ISM-NY Members,
As we look around, there are many companies, big and small, that are creating web-based tools to make working more efficient, effective and smart.    To name a few, Workday is an upcoming ERP platform that has gained lots of traction with small, mid-size and large firms, offering a suite of software including Financial, HR and P2P.   Additionally, there are many start-up firms which are entering into the payroll services space.  One of the traditional based US firms, Ceridian, offers a highly sophisticated web-based platform,  Dayforce HCM, that  offers a variety of features and global adoption.

There are so many innovative products that are entering the technological space. At times, you may ask yourself how do I keep up with them?  
  ISM-NY is a great reference point where you can gain perspective by attending the webinars/meetings, reaching out to fellow member or joining a committee.   
Networking is the key to a successful career.    As the year goes on, I hope that you will take advantage of ISM-NY and all the offerings that it provides to its member.    I hope to see you at a function real soon!
Tandra Davis
Senior Vice President, North American Procurement & Administration - Ipsos

Get engaged! We are seeking members to assist with planning member meetings, the ISM- New York Annual Conference and the Supplier DiversityEXPO & Member Member Meetings!

 Volunteer and develop your leadership skills, network and have some fun in the process.

ISM-New York is in need of volunteers to assist as photographers, social media gurus and support at meetings and events to name just a few categories.

If you are interested in volunteering email

 Get Connected. 
 Share Perspectives.
Connect with your ISM-New York Colleagues View on Instagram and  join the conversation Follow us on Twitter :
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 For more information, contact 

Join us on Wednesday, February 22nd from 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

2017 Economic Report on Business Panel Presentation 
& Membership Meeting Wednesday, February 22nd

 "Creating Procurement Value in Uncertain Times -   
 Five Key Topics for 2017"
A Panel Discussion
presented by

Kelly Barner, ROB Business Survey Chair, ISM-New York
Jonathan Basile, ROB Survey Senior Advisor, ISM-New York
New York University's Faculty Member
Bill Walter, Associate Professor & Author

Kelly Barner, ROB Chair, Jonathan Basile, ROB Senior Advisor & Economist will lead a panel discussion with NYU faculty members, and provide a top-down overview about the most important macroeconomic and financial market stories. Tailoring their insights for the audience, they will provide key economic drivers for supply managers.

About Our Presenters

Kelly has a   unique perspective on procurement, having worked as a practitioner,  a consultant, and now as a blogger and podcast host. She has practical skills in strategic sourcing program design  and management, opportunity assessment, knowledge 
management, and custom taxonomy design and implementation.

Kelly has her MBA from Babson College as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She was recognized as a Supply & Demand Chain Executive 'Pro to Know' every year from 2012 through 2106. In 2013, Kelly was also recognized as on of S&DCE's 28'Top Female Supply Chain Executives'. 

In 2014, Kelly co-authored Supply Market Intelligence for Procurement Professionals: Research, Process, and Resources and in 2016 she released her second co-authored title, Procurement at a Crossroads: Career Impacting Insights into a Rapidly Changing Industry. Kelly hosts the popular BMP Radio podcast series, where she interviews procurement, supply chain, and business thought leaders. In 2016, Kelly became the Business Survey Chair for the ISM-New York Report on Business.

Jonathan Basile, ROB Senior Advisor, AIG Investments
J o nathan Basile carries over 25 years of Street experience in     global macroeconomic research and financial market strategy.  A 2016 restructuring brought him from AIG Global Economics  to AIG Investments'  Global Macro desk where he monitors major developed and  emerging economies and key asset classes, like rates, credit, currencies, commodities,  equities and real estate.

He has established himself as a trusted, strong thought leader and collaborator with an eye for innovative, out-of-the-box perspectives. His goal is always to bring a forward-looking view to every conversation. He steers a monthly Global Macro discussion that sets the table for the outlook on rates, growth, inflation and unemployment across the US, Euro Area, UK and Japan. As part of this discussion, Jonathan sets the goalposts in a Bear-Base-Bull exercise for AIG portfolio managers across public and private
asset classes, and his ability to distill signals from noise allows him to determine which way the risks are leaning. 

To read Jonathan Basile's complete bio go to's ROB Meeting icon.

William T. Walker, CFPIM,CIRM, CSCP,CLTD Author, AdjunctProfessor of Supply Chain Engineering at NYU Tandon School of Engineering  

His industrial experience as a practitioner and international supply chain architect spans thirty-three years with Hewlett-Packard/Agilent, a large company and seven years with  StarTrak Information Technologies,LLC, a small company. Bill is the author of Supply Chain Construction: The Basics
for Networking the Flow of Material, Information , and Cash plus two other books. He served ten years as an elected APICS society level board member in several positions overseeing matters related to supply chain education strategy and research. Bill holds BSEE and MSIE degrees from Lehigh University. 

                  Click Here to Register 



 Register now  for other  
ISM - New York Member Events:

2017 ISM-New York Annual Conference
Procurement Risk Management - 
Balancing Change & Innovation
Thursday, March 16th, 2017

2017 Supplier Diversity EXPO & Member Meeting
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Click here to register as a Corporate Exhibitor, Diverse Supplier, Guest or Member Attendee. Become an Event SponsorClick here to learn more about Carla Harris , this year's guest speaker.
Check the ISM -New York website for these and other Member Event Updates! Contact to obtain more information. 

Award Nominations

We are accepting your submissions for
The Davis - Kassa Scholarship and
J.H. Leonard Awardees.

Please submit your nominations for the:
Davis - Kassa Scholarship
J.H. Leonard Award 
For more information about this prestigious awards go to the ISM-New York website.
Board Nominating Committee

If you are interested in serving on the Board Nominating Committee please contact the ISM-New York Executive Director at  
Call For Proposals: Professional Development 2017 - 2018 Program

If would like to recommend an instructor or a topic, please complete the attached form and contact the ISM-New York Executive Director at  

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