ISM-AL/MS Gulf Coast, Inc

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


Leading Supply Chain Management Professionals

ISM—Alabama/Mississippi Gulf Coast, Inc. is a not-for-profit association that strives to provide professional growth and networking opportunities to supply management practitioners within our community.  We serve Mobile, Baldwin, and Washington counties in Alabama state; Jackson and George counties in Mississippi state. 

Our monthly, educational meetings give us the opportunity to learn about industry trends and surrounding businesses, while growing our local network. New members and visitors are always welcome.

Upcoming Events





Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) Annual

ISM®'s Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) Annual Conference is recognized as one of the premier educational events within the utility supply chain industry. Given the current environment and the impact to supply chain, this virtual event will focus on resilience. Working with our executive committee of utilities professionals, suppliers and thought leaders—and pulling from our continued research data on the impact of COVID-19—we have put together a focused virtual event packed with education, and yes, connection with other supply chain professionals and suppliers within the utilities industry. LEARN MORE AT





ISM Supply Chain Trailblazers Awards Gala

The ISM Supply Chain Trailblazers Awards Gala is the culmination event to celebrate the organizations and teams that demonstrated excellence, created innovative solutions, and set the bar for the supply chain management profession across key categories in the last year. The event includes an hour reception followed by a dinner and awards gala ceremony. Entertainment, networking and celebrating some of the best in the profession will be a highlight of the evening.


Member Only

Ace the Proof-of-Concepts, Champion New Roll-Outs

Servicization of business offerings have increased choices and opportunities for buyers but have also challenged their skillset. Whether it is procurement of emerging technologies like cloud based software and data science services or buying through leasing, financing and rental models or sourcing novel solutions from start-ups, the success of service increasingly lies on how well the proof-of-concept or pilot run was conducted, lacunae identified and risks assessed before full-fledged implementation. It applies to both strategic and tactical purchases. This session will share rules of thumb on how to get it right based on our own experience of buying and implementing new services across a range of categories like IT, supplier financing and cargo vehicles.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion, participant will be able to list steps to follow to plan a successful proof-of-concept.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to define skills required for buying emerging technologies and novel solutions & services and become more confident of doing first-time-ever deals for the organization.
  • Upon completion, participant will be able to describe importance of customer-centricity and cross-functional skills as pillars of growth in future.

Welcome to Our New Website

ISM-Alabama/Mississippi Gulf Coast, Inc. has supported the supply chain profession for over 50 years.  We are growing and invite you to particpate with our chapter to meet other professionals in various industries to expand your network and continue your professional growth.

Our new website brings supply management to your fingertips with up-to-date research, articles, events, and connects you with ISM Global. In addition, Continuing Education Hours (CEHs) are automatically recorded to your transcripts and can be accessed under My Account. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Valeri Wager, CPSM

Chapter President

Supply Management News & Reports

ISM Annual Membership Vote

July 06, 2022

Cast your ballot for the next members of the ISM Board of Directors.


Notice of ISM Annual Membership Meeting

Notice is given that the Institute for Supply Management, Inc. (ISM) Annual Membership Meeting will be held on August 25, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. ET at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA, USA. At any meeting of the members, every eligible member may vote either in person or by proxy. Each such proxy should be filed electronically with the Secretary before or at the time of the meeting.

Join ISM

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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Women’s Supply Management Community

This is an inclusive and welcoming group, and all who wish to celebrate and empower women practicing within the supply management profession are invited. This group is for creating connections, networking, celebrating successes, sharing news, tips, stories, job opportunities, ideas and empowerment for women within the supply management field.

We encourage you to share your supply chain questions, thoughts, ideas, and comments with ISM and other group members.

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