About Us

About ISM-Fort Worth, Inc. 

ISM-Fort Worth, Inc.
P.O. Box 205
Fort Worth, Texas 76101

Mission Statement

Our mission is to serve Supply Chain Management (SCM) professionals in our regional area by offering educational and leadership opportunities that enhance personal and career development.

What is ISM-Fort Worth?

ISM-Fort Worth (formally NAPM-Fort Worth) is a local association of Supply Management professionals who are affiliated with the national organization the Institute for Supply Management (ISM).  Celebrating a 90 year anniversary, the local association’s roots go back to 1920 when purchasing professionals at the time (Purchasing Agents) got together to exchange ideas and network.  Since that time “purchasing” as a profession has grown dramatically in the world of business and academia.  Just since the late 1970’s most major corporations have moved away from vertical integration to focus their resources on their primary strengths.  This change in business philosophy evolved into dramatic outsourcing programs during the 1980’s and 1990’s which subsequently created the need for more purchasing professionals who would need to procure and maintain more materials and/or services, especially those that were being outsourced.  Basically, purchasing moved from being a subset of the accounting office to become a major critical function of the total organization.  The increasing importance of Supply Management as a cost reduction strategy is seen by the change in percentage of purchased materials and/or services within most organization’s Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) over the past 30 to 40 years.  This percentage has typically increased from 20 to 30 percent in the old days to as much as 60 to 70 percent in many companies today.  Along with this evolution has come an expectation from business management for Supply Management professionals to be college graduates, experienced in a variety of business areas, technically knowledgeable, legally knowledgeable, good negotiators, builders of supplier relationships, and certified by a professional organization.

ISM-Fort Worth seeks to promote the Supply Management profession and assist purchasing professionals as they move toward the highest levels of professional performance by providing Supply Management professionals with opportunities for networking, education, and individual achievement of professional certification, Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM).  Membership in ISM (national organization) and ISM-Fort Worth (local affiliate) is beneficial for all types of Supply Management individuals, from the person in a small business who may wear many hats (including buying responsibilities) to the highly specialized Supply Manager in a large corporation.   Membership is primarily available for those in the Supply Chain Management field who have responsibilities in any of the following areas .

  • Purchase and/or maintain supplies or services
  • Administrate purchase orders or sub-contracts
  • Work strategically with suppliers in developing or maintaining relationships

Sales and Marketing professionals are welcome as members but active selling at meetings or within the membership based on membership information provided is strictly prohibited

Why be a member of ISM and ISM-Fort Worth?  

There are several advantages in being a member of ISM-Fort Worth:

  • Career Development Opportunities
    • Specialized Groups & Forums
    • Certification – Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM)
    • Leadership Volunteer Opportunities
  • Information and Education
    • ISM Web Site Information
    • ISM’s ISM Report On Business® (ROB)
    • Inside Supply Management
    • Discounts for the Annual International Supply Management Conference
    • Discounts on multiple types of Educational Seminars
  • Networking
    • Local Monthly Member & Guest Meetings
    • Exclusive access to LinkedIn Group
    • Semi-annual Plant Tours
  • Employment Opportunities – Online Career Center at ISM Global


Monthly networking & Educational Meetings

ISM-Fort Worth schedules networking and educational meetings for their members and guests from September to May.  Normally scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month, this may vary as conflicts arise on certain Tuesdays.  Each upcoming month's meeting event details and registration will be displayed on the Home page.  The monthly meetings are typically held at a location in or near downtown Fort Worth but may occasionally be held at other locations. (directions to each meeting can be found in the meeting notice).