Jami Bliss, CPSM, CPSD
Joe Cavinato, Ph.D.
Thunderbird School of
Ric Freeman, C.P.M.
Jerry Miller, CPSM, CPSD
Union Bank & Trust
JDA Software Group
Brian Schulties, C.P.M.
University of San Diego
Meghan Truchan, CPSM
Ron Wilson, CPSM, C.P.M.
Wilbur Curtis Company
EMPOWERING HIGH PERFORMERS
Over the past couple of decades, supply management has evolved from a tactical,
back-office function focused on cost reduction to a highly strategic role with an
emphasis on adding value through innovation, top-line growth and risk mitigation.
It’s no wonder supply professionals have earned
the respect of the C-suite: Their work affects their
companies’ brands, competitive positioning, sales and
overall financial performance.
Identifying and mitigating risks are crucial aspects
of the role of today’s supply professional. This issue
of Inside Supply Management® highlights several
areas of risk, including use of technology, supply
chain financing, supplier financial risk and talent
management. With the surge of retirees, talent
management — attracting, developing and retaining
top talent — is one of the biggest challenges our
Organizations’ health and vitality — indeed, the
strength of our economy — depend on having
outstanding people in supply management positions.
One of the ways Institute for Supply Management®
(ISM®) is helping to address the talent shortage is
through the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars
program, in partnership with ThomasNet.com. Not only
has this program helped raise awareness of supply
management as a viable and rewarding career for
future generations, it has provided great insight into
working with and retaining young professionals.
Today’s supply management professionals are looking
for roles where they can make an impact across an
organization and throughout the value chain — they
want meaningful work. I have found that people
are truly engaged when they are empowered, feel
they are part of the solution and clearly understand
If you want to retain top talent, it’s critical to
demonstrate that you value them as individuals and
that you, as a leader, have a vested interest in helping
them achieve career goals. The best way to do this
is to invest in their professional development and
recognize their achievements through such programs
as the 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars.
For more information and to check out previous
winners, visit thomasnet.com/30under30. ISM
BY M.L. PECK
Chief Content Officer
Institute for Supply Management®