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 new and improved ISM-Twin Cities website!  We have built this new site to better coordinate all your ISM benefits between the local and global ISM organizations.

In the Twin Cities, we have over 300 active sourcing professionals in our membership, and we strive to bring everyone significant value in their professional and personal development.

Presently, we are offering a mix of events and training using both virtual and in-person approaches. Our virtual events are conducted on the Zoom platform and can be accessed from any device at any location.

If you have not already done so, please bookmark this new site and delete any references you have to our old site.  We look forward to serving you in 2022!

Upcoming Events

  • June



    For Group rates, call 612.801.8796

    Check out what your peers are talking about! Join us as we discuss supplier price increases and tactics on how to work collaboratively.

    Course Summary                                                                                                             

    Defending Against Supplier Price Increases

    ·        General principles for handling supplier price increase requests

    ·        Three-tier matrix of specific techniques to consider when developing your negotiation strategy (Price Increase Defense Tool) when a supplier increase  is requested

    ·        Case studies to apply the “Price Increase Defense Tool”

    Collaborative Cost Reduction with Suppliers

    ·        Characteristics of a best-in-class cost reduction process

    ·        Launching a successful cost reduction process with suppliers

    ·        Cost reduction “checklist” for driving out cost of a part or assembly

    ·        Case studies to apply the tools


    Sponsor: 700 ISM-Twin Cities, Inc.
    Minneapolis, MN
    Randy J. Christoffersen

Welcome! from the President

Welcome! Thank you for visiting our website. On behalf of the board, come on in. Explore our site and stay a bit.

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.

Find the great periodic seminar offerings on the web site. There is probably one coming up soon! The topics are related to the core work done in our industry every day.

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.

Save The Date for the Fall Conference!

ISM-Twin Cities will be holding our annual conference on October 10-11, 2022. We will be meeting again this year at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Plymouth, MN.  Mark your calendar now for the year’s premium event for Supply Management professionals.  More details and registration information will be available this summer.  You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to grow professionally and personally, and build your local network.  Block your calendar NOW!

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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.

More than 100 years of experience speaks for itself – ISM can help you succeed. It's our mission.

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Member Testimonial - ISM-Twin Cities, Inc.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining ISM?
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.

What do you value most about your ISM membership?
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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