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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:
ISM Vision
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.
ISM's Annual Conference
Future Conference Dates
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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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