August 2017 Print

Executive Director's Message

Wow!  This summer has flown by and we are quickly moving into an exciting fall season.  Apologies for being so silent over the summer months and especially not planning a social get-together.  Even though we've been silent we have been working on a total make-over of the leadership and making plans to enhance the value of ISM-Fort Worth for each member.  As the Executive Director, I believe this fall and spring season will be one of our busiest packed with opportunities for education, training, and networking with members.  Here are a few of the things that we have been working on to provide our members a real value.

  • 21st Annual Roy Anderson Golf Tournament - Our sponsors have been fantastic returning each year and new sponsors but we need players.  If you or someone you know would like to play in this tournament please contact me. Maybe your company could sponsor a tee or green sponsorship?  Remember it is funding scholarships at the three local universities.
  • Septmeber meeting - Dallas Federal Reserve, golf tournament sponsors, networking and more!
  • CPSM Training - We are coordinating a training class with Tarrant County College to begin this fall that should be a great value so that members can prepare to ace each of the CPSM module tests.  More to come on this soon!
  • Meeting location change - ISM-Fort Worth has been meeting at the Petroleum Club for over 25 years but due to the rising expense of membership and meals we have had to move our meetings to another venue.  Our new meeting location will be the Norris Conference Center on Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. 
  • Plant tours - Electricity is vital to all of our businesses and homes.  Oncor is a major player in the delivery of electricity in our area.  We are working on a plant tour to a Microgird facility and a speaker from Oncor for one of our meeting events.  This will be very interesting and informative for each of us. 

There is more in the works as we get moving for the fall and next spring. 

Thank you,

Steve Ballenger, CPSM  (972-603-9233)

Executive Director, ISM-Fort Worth

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President's Report

There is a new President in town!  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.  Please help me welcome Charlotte into her new leadership position!

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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

September Networking and Educational Event - Our next meeting will be Thursday, September 21.  Please see the event notice at the homepage of our website.

Roy Anderson Memorial Golf Tournament - September 25th, see our website for more details.



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Roy L Anderson Golf Tournament

On September 25th 2017 our association will host the 21st Annual Golf Tournament and we will need all of our members to help support this scholarship fund raising event.  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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