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Future Meetings and Events

Negotiation Seminar - October 26th - Please note the seminar is cancelled this month

Risk Management
Tuesday, November 13th - 5 to 6:30 PM - Liberty Hall 

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How to Write Contracts for Procurement Professionals
Tuesday, December 11th - 12-1:30 pm - Webinar (access will be sent in a link)

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Board Member of the Month

The October board member of the month is Shawn Gross. Shawn joined the board this year. We sat down with him to ask him a few questions about himself and why he decided to join the board.

How long you have been in the sourcing profession? What positions you have held?  My current employer is J.J. Keller & Associates.  I’ve been employed for 4-1/2 years with roles of Sr. Buyer and my current role of Sr. Strategic Buyer.  I’ve held previous positions of MRO Buyer, Commodity Manager and MRO Purchasing Manager.

What is your degree in?  I have a Technical Degree in Electro-Mechanical Technology.  I also have Certificates in Lean Enterprise and Principles of Management along with many other trainings.

Why you are a board member?  I have been a member of ISM for 4 years.  During this time, I’ve seen several members volunteer to help keep ISM an effective learning tool for its members.  I’m at a time in my life that gives me the extra time to give back and help make a difference.  It’s also a great experience to become a board member and I enjoy the collaboration with others.

What are you most excited about?  I’m excited to be involved with decisions that affect our local ISM chapter.  I look forward to the challenges of keeping members engaged and finding the appropriate training styles to keep everyone coming back year after year.

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Ariens Tour Recap

The ISM group took a tour of the Ariens plant in Brillion on Tuesday, October 9th. The Ariens tour was of the plant where they build snowblowers. The group got a tour from Tom Pitts who is part of the Operations team. He walked the group through the extensive fabrication area, paint, and assembly. What was most interesting is that everything was done within one plant, where snowblowers are buildt from start to finish.

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