About Us
Purchasing Management Association of Cleveland
About Us

Our History

In the fall of 1914, a small group of energetic purchasing agents assembled in downtown Cleveland to formulate plans for the organization of a “Purchasing Agents Association of Cleveland.” The resulting organization has become one of the best and most progressive local purchasing associations in the national.

This organization was originally conceived by S. Holmes Mansfield and H. J. Richards. Present at the first meeting were S. H. Mansfield, President; H. E. Harmer, Vice President; H. J. Richards, Secretary; J. P. Selig, Treasurer; and Charles Messner, Assistant Secretary. Also present were D. C. Freer, A. E. Homan, D. G. Miller, George Beilstein and E. C. Williams. The ideas and guiding principles upon which this organization was founded were Loyalty to his/her company, Justice to those with whom he/she deals and Faith in his/her profession. In the fall of 1914, a small group of energetic purchasing agents assembled in downtown Cleveland to formulate plans for the organization of a “Purchasing Agents Association of Cleveland.” The resulting organization has become one of the best and most progressive local purchasing associations in the national. Later, on June 1, 1968, the organization changed its name to the Purchasing Management Association of Cleveland Inc.

In the fall of 1915, officers of the Cleveland Association learned that the National Association of Purchasing Agents was being formed in New York. By the end of 1916, Cleveland had affiliated with the National Association which by this time was composed of eight local associations with a total membership of 250 people. Today, Institute for Supply Management (ISM), which replaced the National Association of Purchasing Managers (NAPM) as the National organization on January 1, 2002 has 171 affiliated associations across the nation with a membership of over 40,000.  Today,  ISM-Cleveland, Inc. (formerly The Purchasing Management Association of Cleveland, (PMAC)) has a membership of over 300. Cleveland has made significant contributions to help facilitate the development of the National Association, and has also provided three NAPM presidents.

In 1919 at the NAPM International Conference in Philadelphia, Frank L. Kulow, Purchasing Agent for Willard Storage Battery Company, was elected President, and during his term as National President, he was instrumental in the formulation of the Executive Committee which supplanted a Board of Directors in guiding the day to day progress of the National Association. During 1924, when the National Convention was held in Boston, A. G. Hopcraft was elected NAPM president, following many years of excellent work and ideas he gave to the Purchasing profession.

At the 1973 NAPM International Conference held in New York, Richard H. Sheppard, Manager of Purchases for Cleveland-Cliffs, was elected President of NAPM. During his term as President, Dick was the driving force behind the Certified Purchasing Manager (C.P.M.) Program, as well as a promoter of Commodity Committees. In addition, the Cleveland Association has hosted four NAPM Conferences in Cleveland in 1923, 1934, 1950, and 1956.

The local Association coordinates the interests of its members and provides services and personal contacts that no other group can duplicate. Through ISM, this coordination of interests is expanded internationally to permit the development of services and activities which no local association could afford to adequately support. ISM activities follow broad fundamental lines; are of general interest and value to the members of all local groups and are available to all members who elect to participate in them.

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: Why Risk Monitoring Matters July 26, 2017 @ 1:00 PM
Webinar: Why Risk Monitoring Matters
Webinar
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September Dinner Meeting September 21, 2017 @ 5:30 PM
September Dinner Meeting
Embassy Suites Hotel
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd
Independence, OH 44141

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Members - Share Your Successes!

We all work hard and need to remember to buoy ourselves & support each other! ISM-Cleveland, Inc. wants to celebrate your successes - those from work and elsewhere. Please consider sharing news of promotions, position changes, employer changes, process improvements implemented, significant cost savings accomplished and other recognition you may earn. Remember, your success today may help a ISM-Cleveland colleague be successful tomorrow.
If you are interested in sharing your good news, or even some corny purchasing jokes, please email communications@ism-cleveland.org

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