Competitive Edge - Monthly E-Newsletter             Volume XXXVIII-IX
June, 2016 - In This Issue:

Attention ISM-New York Members
This is the final issue of the Competitive Edge for the 2015-2016 programming year. While we are not sending the Competitive Edge this summer, be on the lookout for other ISM-New York communications or visit our website 

Have a wonderful and safe summer. See you in the fall at our next membership meeting.

Newly Installed President Remarks
James E. Martin

As the new president of ISM-New York, my first function is to pay well-deserved recognition to  our
outgoing president, Ms. Nancy Murray.  And let me emph asize well deserved.  Just under a year ago, Nancy found herself as the president of our affiliate.  Nancy transitioned into he r role in a smooth and seamless manner while overseeing the transition of the Executive Director role.  Through her  even-keeled approach and commitment to h earing all side s  of a discussion, Nancy presided over a complex and challenging year but the results were admirable.  It was a banner year for our affiliate and we owe her a debt of gratitude for keeping us on course through so much transition.

For those who do not know me, I currently am a Vice President of IT Sourcing & Contracts at MUFG Union Bank, a global Japanese bank.  I have been part of ISM since the late 80's and I have been serving as a board member this past year as 1st Vice President, and then for several years as a director in various roles.

I am happy to assume the role of President of the affiliate I have been part of since the mid-1990's.  As President I would like to share my vision and goals I hope to achieve in the next year.  I have three "ambitions" for this upcoming year.

The first is to be focused on our core mission.  I want to take a look at all our activities and ensure they are aligned with ISM-New York's mission - which is found on our web site - and that mission is as follows:  to educate, develop, and advance purchasing and supply chain management.

My ambition is to ensure we are meeting this statement and to focus our activities to it and away from anything that does not fulfil that objective.  I want to ensure all of us are gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to remain relevant at our jobs, at our organizations, and within our profession.  ISM-New York's goal is to strengthen your skills and knowledge against these misconceptions and make you all better in your roles.

My second ambition is to show membership growth for the coming year.  It is no surprise that our affiliate's membership number has declined since its high point in the mid-2000's.  This stems from a combination of the Great Recession, a generational shift in thinking on membership organizations in general, and a smaller pool of professionals in our New York geographic area.  The lifeblood of our organization is membership. 

In order to remain attractive to current and future members, as well as welcoming back past members who may have drifted away, I am going to ask our board to continue to transform our affiliate in its operations.  These transformations include how we meet and the fo rmat of those meetings, how we share information and best practices, and why our membership is a valuable to you as perhaps an up to date résumé.  

In the next year I am hoping to have more web-based meetings to adjust to modern work arrangements and out-of-office demands, to re-establish our Sourcing Groups on a more frequent basis, and provide as much support to those who find themselves in transition within our profession.  Having experienced job loss myself, I cannot reiterate the importance of having my ISM-New York membership and how I was able to work through to my next position.  I think those ideas will strengthen our value proposition, bring in new members and bring back past ones, while retaining our current membership base.

My third and final ambition is to receive affiliate excellence recognition from ISM.  Ideally, affiliate of the year would be our ultimate prize and it is something I believe we can achieve.  I look forward to strengthening our relationship with national ISM and striving to be the premier affiliate in the ISM universe.

This upcoming year we are operating with a slightly smaller Board of Directors but we are always in need of volunteers.  This organization lives not only because of members but because of members who go above and beyond in their service to all of us.  Please give this idea of volunteering above and beyond normal membership status serious consideration as you will find it rewarding and gratifying in your professional career.

On a side note, I want to welcome new members from the Long Island affiliate that have recently moved under ISM-New York.  I am hopeful they will remain part of our affiliate and see the benefits and vibrancy of an active organization.


James E. Martin
ISM-New York President

How about getting together with fellow ISM-New York members for a fun night of socializing? 

Bring a friend you think would also  benefit from becoming a member!

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

181 Front Street
New York, NY 10038
Take the 4,5, or 6 subway to Fulton St, then walk  towards 
the South Street Seaport)

Free Drink (wine or beer)
for the first 50 Attendees!
Complimentary Appetizers too!

Upcoming Professional Development & Certification Review

Click here to download a 

The 2016-2017 Professional Development Calendar is coming soon! 
Keep your eye on ISM - New York's Website to see our our new seminars!

Stacy C. Ferrara 

Dear Fellow ISM-NY Members null

At long last, the days are getting longer bringing warmer tem peratur es with them. Thoughts turn to summer vacations and taking time to enjoy some carefree days. It's been a great year at ISM-NY with valuable discussion topics, and all the new people I've had the op portunity  to meet, or catch up with, at membership eve nts.
Before heading off for that needed break, I always try to wrap  up last minute items so I can return with a clear head and not a mound of waiting work. One of those items will soon be your ISM-NY Membership renewal for the coming year. Those will go out via email starting in June. Getting that taken care of quickly will ensure you don't miss a minute of all the benefits your membership brings. We're well underway in planning the next timely topics and speakers that will be part of your membership resources in the coming year. I look forward to seeing you again soon!
Have a wonderful summer!
A Special Thanks to our Volunteers  

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped made our 
2015- 2016 events and programs a success.   We couldn't have done it without you!

If you  are interested in volunteering and would like to find out you can develop your skills while contributing to ISM-New York's success, please contact:
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Go ahead & tag yourself too!

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