OUR PERSONAL INVITATION
Please consider the many benefits of membership in the Cooperative Utilities affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (formerly the National Association of Purchasing Management).
Just a little about us…
In 1992 several cooperative materials management employees petitioned ISM (then NAPM) to form an affiliate. They recognized that enhanced purchasing impacted a cooperative's bottom line and felt that linking with ISM would provide additional professional development, access to resources and speakers, and networking opportunities not otherwise found in their rural areas.
Since then, our affiliate has gained national recognition for itself and its members. It has repeatedly garnered awards for having the largest percentage membership growth, exceeding C.P.M. (Certified Purchasing Manager) certification goals, and being a "best in class" affiliate. Its members have gained individual national recognition for their sustained commitment to professional development. Our own Carl Liles (Western Farmers Electric Coop ~ Anadarko, OK) and Dick Rich (Seminole Electric Coop ~ Tampa, Florida) have served as ISM board members. Dick recently served as ISM President.
Our affiliate truly represents the cooperative principles of education, training, information sharing, community concern and most importantly, cooperation among cooperatives. It is critical that we now receive the support of cooperatives nation-wide by allowing their materials management employee(s) access to this effective affiliate. There is no travel involved (annual business meeting optional) or additional expenses of any kind and at only $190 per year, it's a real bargain! ($35 dual membership if you already belong to another affiliate).
We sincerely hope that you will apply for membership and let us be your affiliate. We look forward to hearing from you!