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

                    "We're  making our 2017 List and checking it twice!"                                                                                                                              
December 2016 - In This Issue:
President's Message
James Martin
Dear Members:
2016 is ending on a different note than is typical in most years. The post-election response to Donald Trump's victory is rippling through all corners of our country and it's expected to continue for quite some time.  It's challenging to predict how this leadership change will impact the business world for the coming years so I cannot emphasize enough the importance of staying current in your position and organization.

2017 will bring more challenges to the status quo in government than we have ever seen. Watch for the private sector, which has always done this, to make this challenge more public and results driven. Each one of us will be challenged to bring value to anything we manage and results will be expected. Be sure you are prepared for the uncertainty and challenges that are to come.

I wish you all a happy holiday season, Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing everyone in 2017.

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: 
Home Page &  Resources

Find out about "The Story of the Numbers - The November 2016 Report on Business"   

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 : Melissa Drew

Sustainability & Corporate Responsibiltiy
Issac Fang & Robert Kuhn at &
  • 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.


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 Recognized.
 Become an ISM-New York

 ISM -New York offers a variety of creative  sponsorship opportunities.
 For more information, contact 

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

and connect with your members 
on LinkedIn View our profile on LinkedIn

and on our 
 For more information, contact 


Put y ourself on your 
Holiday list!

Register now for these upcoming Member Webinars & Events:

Retail Sourcing Circle Presents -
a Lunchtime Webinar
Wednesday, December 14th 2016

2017 ISM-New York Annual Conference
Procurement Risk Management - Balancing Change &  Innovation
Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Interested in becoming a Presenter? Complete this worksheet. 

2017 Supplier Diversity EXPO & Member Meeting
Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Become an Event Sponsor
Click here to learn more about Carla Harris, this year's guest speaker.

Webinars: Bravo Solution
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.

Nominate an Industry Leader. 
ISM National is accepting nominations for the prestigious J. Shipman Gold Medal Award.
Board Nominating Committee

If you are interested in serving on the Board Nominating Committee please contact the ISM-New York Executive Director at  

First Vice President
Tandra Davis
  Dear ISM-NY members,

Member Participation!
As we close out 2016, I would like to thank each member for your participation and attendance at the ISM-NY events thus far.  It's being an exciting start from the kickoff of the season with the Virtual Webinar in September to the outstanding membership meetings held in October and November.  It's been great to see you, and hope you're even more excited about the events in 2017 as I am.   Our goal is  to ensure members are gaining valuable insight from the webinars, speaker series and social events that will provide you with though leadership needed in your current jobs and enable you to build your professional network by interacting with such a dynamic group of individuals.  Networking is a key element in professional career growth.  I was able to land my current role by leveraging my network.
We're planning interesting and fun events in 2017 which I hope you'll be able take time from your busy schedules to attend.  If there are topics or other interesting suggestions that you have that will help us elevate the new year, please contact Julienne Ryan, ISM-NY's Executive Director.
We wish everyone a happy, healthy and joyous holiday season and look forward to a great New Year!
Best Regards,
SVP - North American Procurement 
& Administration -Ipsos 

ISM-New York

Bring Value To Our Members.