Dear ISM-FFC Members,
It brings me great pleasure to extend my tenure on the Board of Directors as acting President of the Institute for Supply Management – Florida First Coast (ISM-FFC). I personally would like to thank our past president Milton Koutavas for his commitment to the success of this organization over the past 2 years. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the countless past presidents over the last 56 years of this affiliates existence. An organization that was inaugurated in 1959 as the Crown Chapter, can truly say that the crown shines as bright today as it ever has. Their commitment to this organization has been the key to the current success of this great organization. It’s truly an honor and a privilege to be among the greats.
To briefly share my experience, I have served on this board intermittently for over a decade and have seen this organization thrive despite changes in our economy. Moreover, we can certainly attest that the profession has seen a significant change over the last several decades. To that end, I venture to say that our success to the advancement of our profession can be attributed to countless corporate success stories. Our trained professionals in the first coast region and throughout the world exemplified an innovative approach to supply management that amplified the value and innovation of a skilled workforce. We have pushed the boundaries of our profession and have created a profit center within the corporations of the world today. Of course this was no small task; the Institute for Supply Chain Management (ISM) has worked feverishly at the forefront to create a best in class organization committed to delivering excellence in people through educational development, research, and collaboration. Founded in 1915, we have established an organization that others try to emulate, but none can reproduce. That commitment to quality will continue throughout North Florida via exuberant program meetings, social gatherings, education forums, and community outreach. This is my solemn promise to the elite group of ISM members throughout North Florida.
Therefore, the question remains with all members of this fine organization, where can you picture yourself in our organization? Imagine what ISM-FFC can be, and how we can create new and interesting programs together. ISM-FFC has set the playing field; we’re just waiting to see what ideas you have for your career to help us move further. As per the ole baseball colloquial…”Let’s Play Ball”!
A Call to Action – Please join us at our next Program Meeting, held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 11AM to 1:00 pm. Here, you can network with other ISM-FFC members, learn more about the services ISM-FFC offers and sample food from some of the best restaurants in our area. More importantly, help us shape the path of ISM in North Florida. www.ismffc.clubexpress.com.
Michael A. Montanez
Institute for Supply Management Florida First Coast