March 2018 Print

Executive Director's Message

Greetings Members!  

Apologies for this being only the first newsletter in 2018.  Better late than never?  Anyway, so much has transpired in just the last week or two.  We will have multiple opportunities for our members and guests to network and obtain Continuing Education (CEH) credits over the next few months.  Here are just some of the events planned.

  • March 8 - networking/educational dinner meeting at Pappadeaux of I-30.  (see the website for more information)
  • April 3rd - Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams as guest speaker, dinner meeting at TCU in conjunction with the TCU Global Supply Chain Conference.  (see the website for more information)
  • May 17th - professional development and networking meeting meeting featuring Dr. Dean Kashiwagi, recongnized professor and researcher in the subject of Best Value.  (more information is coming soon) 
  • CPSM Certification Training - We are still coordinating with Tarrant County College to start a formal CPSM training class which should begin in April 2018.  Stay tuned to find a great value in preparation for each for the three CPSM module tests. 
  • Decrease in association dues.  The Board of Directors is considering a decrease in the annual dues structure base on last year's changes to meeting and event charges.  We will be announcing changes to the dues structure by the end of February 2018.

Don't forget renewal of membership for regular members as you should receive renewal notices from ISM national headquarters.  If you have not then please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Steve Ballenger, CPSM  (972-603-9233)

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 Regular members renewing through ISM.

Multiple renewing regular members and we welcome each of them for another year!


Elbit Systems America has renewed memberships in ISM-Fort Worth for the following personnel in their subcontracts/supply management organization.  WELCOME ALL!

Billie Williams

Linda Mathis

Kerri Williams

Kimberly Smith

Sandra Schrock    

Ben Ellis

Chris McCaskill

Lund Christian

Cheryl Schreck

Tina Ward

Doug Norman

Shelton Cunningham

Fabian Galvan 

Gregg Rupkalvis

Jill Suarez

Jeff Rhodes

Corbett Walther

Jeff Roark

Wes Samples      

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

April and May 2018 Social/Networking Event - Information and registration will be available soon!



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Roy L Anderson Golf Tournament

The 21st Annual Golf Tournament was a great success!  Our golf committee has officially begin working on the 22nd Annual tournament which is scheduled for September 24th 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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