ISM-Twin Cities, Inc.

A Chapter of the Institute for Supply Management working together to advance the profession of supply management.

Leading Supply Chain Management Professionals

Welcome to our ISM—Twin Cities website. It should be your first stop for registering for meetings and learning what we are up to!

In the Twin Cities chapter, we have close to 400 sourcing professionals in our membership, and we strive to bring everyone significant value in their professional and personal development.

We offer a mix of events using both in-person and virtual approaches. Our virtual events are conducted on Zoom so you can access them from anywhere.

If you have not already done so, bookmark this site so it is handy for you when you are looking for information about ISM. Please reach out to us at org with any input or questions you have.

Upcoming Events




Chapter Webinar

ISM-Twin Cities June Professional Development Meeting - Mexico Sourcing

“Best-In-Class Sourcing Process:
Grow Your Sourcing in Mexico”

Zoom link sent when registration closes

Sponsor: 700 ISM—Twin Cities, Inc.
Maria Llama Esteinou, Drew Sheffield





Quarterly State of Risk Update

Join the executive leaders from ISM and Resilinc as they come together as part of a quarterly series to discuss the latest and emerging risks and disruptions impacting global supply chains. ISM CEO Tom Derry and Resilinc CEO Bindiya Vakil will also provide insights based on respective data and research from both organizations.





Chapter Meeting

ISM-Twin Cities: July Pro Dev Meeting - SRM & Lifecycle Mgmt

Supplier Lifecycle and the power of Supplier Relationship Management.

At our July 17th meeting, Protiviti will present an update on Supplier Lifecycle Management and Supplier Relationship Management.

They will cover the following:

• How to increase revenue generation and cost reduction through increased supply chain visibility and reduction in supply disruption
• Supplier performance management and score carding
• Increased business development and innovation driving competitive advantage for New Product Introduction
• Third Party Risk Management

If you are interested in learning more about driving increased efficiency, improving availability, better operational execution, and increased accountability within your supply base, you will not want to miss this presentation!  Dinner will be served.

Sponsor: 700 ISM—Twin Cities, Inc.
Graco Headquarters (North Minneapolis)
Greg Scharine

Welcome from the President

On behalf of the board, thank you for visiting our website.

ISM—Twin Cities is a non-profit organization, run primarily by volunteers, focused on education, professional development, and networking for those in sourcing and supply chain. Our chapter has monthly membership meetings where we discuss topics relevant to today’s professionals and networking opportunities. We’d love to see you online or in person!

Look for information on the Fall Conference. This two-day seminar is packed with speakers focused on ideas to take back to the workplace. The conference is a great value for the amount of information provided and close to home.

ISM—Twin Cities offers courses to assist participants to earn CPSM® certification. This certification is a great tool to have in any position, just starting a career or towards the end of a career. The courses help attendees prepare to pass each section of the exam.

Not a member of ISM—Twin Cities? Please join us. Consider this a personal invitation from myself and the board to join as a member. Becoming a member offers many benefits at the local and global level. Members can find many options to help become leaders of their careers.

If you need more information, please contact the office for further information.  You may e-mail or call 952.564.3045.

Kent Kolstad, CPSM, C.P.M.
President, ISM—Twin Cities, Inc.

Supply Management News & Reports

The Changing Hospital Procurement Prognosis

May 08, 2023

Product and labor shortages still abound — and cost is still paramount — but health-care systems are realizing the value and opportunities their supply chains can bring in other ways. 

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ISM—Twin Cities, Inc. Fall Conference!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE ISM-Twin Cities 2023 Fall Conference!

Our 2023 annual fall conference will be held October 9-10, 2023 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Plymouth, MN.  SAVE THE DATE NOW so you don't miss this opportunity to grow professionally, build your local network and hear from industry leaders.

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Your membership in ISM will provide a powerful path to stay connected, engaged, and up-to-date with everything happening in supply management. Serious procurement and supply chain professionals are dedicated to staying in the know about their profession and staying at the top of their game. An ISM membership will provide you with that and more.

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Member Testimonials

I consider ISM to be an integral part of what keeps me current in today’s business world! I’ve been a member of ISM since earning my Certified Professional of Supply Management in 2014, and through that set of classes I’ve been able to broaden my understanding of supply chain issues, network with other professionals, advance my career and my earnings to a much greater extent than I could have without ISM and the CPSM credentials. The CPSM course is robust for the topics it covers and depth of coverage. Once I earned it, I became motivated to keep it with the 20-hours per year CEH requirement. With that incentive in place, I’ve learned even more to help accelerate career growth. It’s been the best professional move by far. Staying current and relevant in today’s business world takes effort of some sort, ISM makes that easy and rewarding with the ISM Twin Cities fall conference and monthly meetings. Lessons and insights learned in ISM training opportunities are immediately applicable in my job, continually providing credibility in my role.

- Cindy Jerome
Production Director
Lerner Publishing

ISM and the local chapters provide access to networking, professional development, conferences, leadership opportunities, best practice benchmarking and lifelong connections. This applies to supply management professionals who are at any stage of their career. It’s really a no-brainer for anyone who is serious about their career in supply management and would like to continue their education on a reoccurring basis.
I’ve had the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors at ISM-Twin Cities for 5 years which has accelerated my leadership development and networking as a young professional. This active role in the organization has created excellent benchmarking opportunities which I can utilize at my existing employer and beyond. My network has drastically expanded in this short time and will continue to grow as I stay involved in ISM throughout my career.

Corey Gustafson, CPSM
Commodity Manager


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