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ISM-Memphis, Inc. is pleased to announce the November Professional Development Event for November 18. Martha Perine-Beard will be speaking about the Federal Reserve and its influence. She will discuss local economic policies, conditions and assessments from a Federal perspective. Invite your colleagues and coworkers in the procurement and finance fields to this informative event.

Martha Perine Beard

Martha Perine-Beard is the regional executive of the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, which includes western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and eastern Arkansas. Branch activities include sponsoring and hosting community-development seminars, providing economic education, conducting regional economic research and gathering monetary-policy input from business leaders within the local community.

Mrs. Beard joined the Federal Reserve Bank as a management trainee and has served in a number of management and official positions during her Fed career. Mrs. Beard transferred to the Memphis Branch in 1997.

Mrs. Beard is active in Memphis business and civic organizations and currently serves on several boards in Memphis, including Memphis Tomorrow, Greater Memphis Chamber, United Way of the Mid-South, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the Baptist Health Care Corp. and the Mid-South Minority Business Council. Mrs. Beard was a member of the 1998 class of Leadership Memphis and the 2000 class of the New Memphis Institute.

Mrs. Beard has been profiled in the Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Business Journal and Grace Magazine.

A native of Mobile, AL, Mrs. Beard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta and a master's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Mrs. Beard is married and the mother of three children.

DATE: Tuesday November 18, 2014

TIME: 5:30 p.m. – Registration & Networking

6:00 p.m. – Meal Service

6:30 p.m. – Presentation

8:00 p.m. – Adjournment

LOCATION: Hilton Memphis

939 Ridge Lake Blvd

Memphis, TN 38120

COST: $5.00 – Students

$20.00 – Members

$Free – Registered Guests & Non-Members with an accompanying member (limit one per member)

REGISTRATION: To register for this event, click on the following link and please indicate if you are bringing a guest - ISM-Memphis Event Registration 

Remember – If you reserve a meal and you're unable to attend, please let Steve Lane know. He can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

History of ISM Memphis: 1944 to Present
The original group of purchasing practitioners convened at some time during the early years of World War II and called themselves the Shelby County Purchasing Agents Association. Records indicate that the majority of those members were women, apparently because of the war. The first president of this group was H. R. (Pappy) Graves of the National Fireworks Company. click here for a complete timeline of the development of the ISM Memphis affiliate
ISM-Memphis, Inc. Purpose
ISM-Memphis is a not-for-profit corporation organized and operated not for pecuniary profit, but exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section (501 (c)(3)) of the Internal Revenue Code (hereinafter referred to as the "Code"), and in the connection, the purposes for which ISM-Memphis shall be organized and operated are as follows:
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Members of the Institute for Supply Management are recognized world class professionals. ISM and its affiliates serve as centers of excellence in establishing and maintaining best-in-class professional standards of competency and conduct for its members, and matters pertaining to research, education, and certification.
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If you had to miss this year's Conference in Dallas, you won't want to miss next year's Conference! Make plans now to attend ISM's 98th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Educational Exhibit in Las Vegas and set aside the dates for future ISM Conferences:

  • 2014:  May 5-7 — Las Vegas, NV
  • 2015:  May 3-6 — Phoenix, AZ
  • 2016:  May 16-18 — Indianapolis, IN
ISM-Memphis, Inc. Offers Student Scholarships
The ISM-Memphis affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management intends to award two (2) $500.00 scholarships each year to qualified applicants. The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support outstanding academics in supply management by those students who show promise in these areas and to encourage the training of supply management professionals for eventual employment in the field and this region.
Scholarship Award Guidelines & Application link>>
Past Presidents and Charter Members of ISM-Memphis, Inc.
Memphis Association of Purchasing Agents (M.A.P.A.) CHARTER MEMBERS
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