April 2018 Print

Executive Director's Message

Greetings Members!  

What is your definition of Supply Management? 

What is your definition of Supply Chain Management? 

How does your job or career fit into the overall function of Supply Chain Management? 

Is there a desire or need to learn more about other areas of Supply Chain Management that are not directly related to your job function?

ISM-Fort Worth will be working to transition into more of an overall Supply Chain Management association that includes members from the various functions of SCM - purchasing, operations, contracts, logistics, materials management, and warehousing!  Our leadership will be coordinating with other SCM associations to provide one local Fort Worth synergized association.   

Some recent events in review:

UNT ISM Student Chapter - Did you know that the University of North Texas has an ISM student chapter?  I attended a recent meeting where approximately 30 students heard a presentation from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics representatives.  It was great to see that the student chapter is alive and well.

ISM-Fort Worth April Event - The April meeting was held at TCU in conjuction with their annual two day conference.  Mayor Jeff Williams was our guest speaker who gave an excellent presentation on all the opportunities coming with the new Texas Ranger stadium, Texas Live, Arlington downtown development, and a new General Motors distribution facility.  Much thanks to TCU for allowing us to join the conference 

Opportunites to look for soon:

  • CPSM Certification Training - We apologize for the delay in getting this training opportunity available.  There have been several delays in coordinating with Tarrant County College.  Additionally, the CPSM testing material has been updated by ISM with the new training and testing material to be released in August of 2018.  So, starting a training class must be delayed until the fall of 2018.  We will have everything worked out with TCC to begin a formal CPSM training class in the fall. 

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 Brenning is the current President of ISM-Fort Worth.  She works at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control and has previously served on the Board of Directors for ISM-Fort Worth for over a year as Treasurer. Charlotte is also serving as a committee member on the Golf Committee.

Charlotte welcomes you to ISM-Fort Worth and invites each member to participate in the various events and leadership opportunities available with the local supply management association.

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Welcome New Members

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

May 15, 2018 Educational/Social/Networking Events:

  • Half Day Educational Seminar - on the afternoon of the 15th we will host a professional development seminar prior to the evening dinner meeting.  Dr. Dean Kashiwagi will lead a session on Supply Chain Management in the Age of Information and Automation.  This session is very reasonably priced and the seminar price that includes the dinner meeting ticket. 
  • May Dinner Meeting - professional development and networking meeting featuring Dr. Dean Kashiwagi, recongnized professor and researcher in the subject of Best Value.  Check out the registration link on our website!

Roy Anderson Memorial Golf Tournament - September 24th:

Mark your calendars for this special tournament that provides proceeds to fund scholarships at local universities.  There are multiple ways to support the success of the tournament by helping the golf committee find sponsors, players, donation items, and volunteering the day of the tournament.  It's a great way to network and just have fun!

Summer Socials:

Be on the lookout for invitations and notices about social/networking gatherings this summer.  More to come!

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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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