October 2017 Print

Executive Director's Message

Greetings Members!  So far this fall here is a brief summary on events gone by:.

  • 21st Annual Roy Anderson Golf Tournament - Now in the history books!  We believe it was a success and we should be reporting on the actual numbers soon.  Of course, our sponsors were fantastic and our volunteers helped make it a true success.  The weather was fantastic allowing all to have a great time.
  • Septmeber meeting - our guest speaker was from the Dallas Federal Reserve and had some interesting economic data to share.  We also recognized a few of our golf tournament sponsors and of course there was networking and good food!

Notice our plans to complete the year:

  • Plant tour - See the home page and get the details for the visit to the Oncor Technology Demonstration & Education Center.  Meet for lunch (optional) and head for the Oncor TD&E Center on Thursday, 9 November.  Register for this tour of the Microgird facility.  This is a great opportunity for a interesting and informative tour. 
  • December meeting - we are planning an event for 5 December for good food, networking, and then have a theater group lead us in solving one of the great murder mysteries of the century.  It is guaranteed to be a great evening of fun and entertainment!
  • CPSM Training - We are coordinating a training class with Tarrant County College to begin this early next year.  Stay tuned to find a great value in preparation for each of the CPSM module tests. 

Don't forget renewal of membership for regular members as you will receive renewal notices from ISM national headquarters.

Thank you,

Steve Ballenger, CPSM  (972-603-9233) steve.c.ballenger@lmco.com

Executive Director, ISM-Fort Worth

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President's Report

Charlotte Brening has been elected by the ISM-Fort Worth Board of Directors to assume the role of President through the end of this current term.  Charlotte works at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and has served on the Board of Directors for ISM-Fort Worth for over a year as Treasurer. 

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Welcome New Members

ISM-Fort Worth welcomes our new members.
  • Chris Joslin with CBRE
ISM-Fort Worth welcomes our Regular members renewing through ISM.
  • Daniel Castelli, C.P.M.
ISM and ISM-Fort Worth has various types of memberships available Regular, Corporate, Associate, and Student.  Please check our website and the ISM website for more information or contact Steve Ballenger at 972-603-9233.

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Calendar of Events

October meeting event - There will be no event planned in October.

November Plan Tour - Please see the event notice at the homepage of our website for this special opportunity to tour the Oncor Microgrid facility in south Dallas.  Register Now!

December Meeting Event - Plans are to have a great dinner meeting with a Murder Mystery Theatre group to provide entertainment.  Registration will be available soon!



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Roy L Anderson Golf Tournament

On September 25th 2017 our association hosted the 21st Annual Golf Tournament and it was a huge success!  Our golf committee will begin working on the 22nd Annual tournament early 2018.  Tee and Green Sponsors, players, donations for raffle, auction, and goodie bags, and volunteers will all be needed.  Ask us how you can support! 

Go to the ISM-Golf Tournament website for more information or contact Howard Hudler at 817-271-5573 for more information.

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Current Forum 6

What is Blockchain?

It's a technology that was conceived by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 - bitcoin, a secure digital currency.  Blockchain provides the technology that allows bitcoin to be a secure transaction ledger database that is shared by all parties participating in an established, distributed network of computers. It records and stores every transaction that occurs in the network, essentially eliminating the need for “trusted” third parties such as payment processors. Blockchain proponents often describe the innovation as a “transfer of trust in a trustless world,” referring to the fact that the entities participating in a transaction are not necessarily known to each other yet they exchange value with surety and no third-party validation. For this reason, the Blockchain is a potential game changer.

This new technology and its claim of a ultimate secure transfer of data is being reviewed by banking institutions, Wall Street, and now the Supply Chain world.  SAP, Dun & Bradstreet, and many other key supply chain technology companies are quickly trying to understand and possibly develop ways to apply this technology.  I'm sure we will hear much more about Blockchain in the near future.



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