ISM-Florida Gulf Coast Welcomes You – Check out all the events below!!

ISM Florida Gulf Coast Emerging Professional Kick-Off Event

Date:    February 25, 2015

Time:    6:30 pm

Place:    Ferg’s Sports Bar, 1320 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL  33705

Come meet other Professionals who have 10 years or less experience in Supply Chain. We also welcome members who would like to mentor any Emerging Professionals who Are interested.

The fun begins at 6:30PM, with drinks, appetizers, icebreakers, prizes and more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to chat with your peers and begin developing valuable industry contacts!

 Please invite other co-workers and business associates to attend this event.

To Register:

If you have any questions or need additional information regarding this event, please contact Carol Rosenauer,


March 19, 2015 ISM-FGC Dinner Meeting

Please join us at the Centre Club for our upcoming educational and networking event on Thursday, March 19th, 2015.   Please invite other guests to attend this relevant presentation.

We are thrilled to have Meri Stockwell, presenting:  Building Business Requirements

Together, we will walk through the steps of evaluating business requirements both current and future, using case studies and current best practices.  Utilizing process tools, we will quickly and accurately define requirements, apply weighting and use them for creating, evaluating or responding to RFP’s and managing suppliers via a scorecard based on pre-established criteria for each specific category of spend.  This discussion will benefit both the Procurement and Sales professional

About our amazing speaker:

Meri Stockwell, is the Owner and President of a boutique Supply Management Consulting, Training and Recruiting firm based in the Tampa Bay area.  Meri M. Stockwell, LLC is a Certified Women Owned Business.  Meri has 25 years of Procurement, Quality, Operations and Recruitment experience in Fortune 500 and Private Equity companies.  Her sector experience includes Food & Beverage, Pharma, CPG, Automotive, Medical Device, Energy and Financial Service across all areas of direct, indirect, capital and services spend. 

Meri was Instrumental in creating the design, development and implementation plan for the creation of the Global Procurement organization for 34 international manufacturing, clinical and packaging sites. She developed the organizational structure, departmental roles and individual responsibilities, hired and trained her team. 
Meri was charged with developing and engaging a company-wide strategic plan that would deliver at least a $50 million reduction in spending over a five year time period,…the team over delivered.  She has also set up an enterprise wide European Strategic Sourcing program that incorporated 4 disparate business units into one.

In her most recent consultancy engagement she delivered $36 million in WAC and $17 million in value capture for one global category and served as the engagement leader for a global Procurement transformation program with overall responsibility for 8 business critical areas of spend.  As well as,  designed global strategies, a Procurement organization and utilizing her recruitment expertise and team partially staffed the newly created organization.  She also provides  just -in-time consulting, Category Management workshop training and coaching future leaders.   

Meri’s passion is advancing the Supply Management professional!  Whether this is through consulting, training or helping them land their dream job! 

Meri has earned an MBA from Saint Leo University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Eckerd College.  She is a Certified Energy Procurement Professional and is currently the President of ISM Florida Gulf Coast, serves on the LINCS Advisory Board of St. Petersburg College and is President of the local WBENC chapter.  Meri has served on ISM’s Diversity Committee and the R. Gene Richter Award evaluating committee.



CPSM & CPSD classroom review sessions starting in  using the latest training materials from ISM

Next class –>  Module 3 –  March 25, 2015


These classroom review sessions are designed to cover key points found in each of the three CPSM® exams. Each review session includes sample test questions, CPSM® Study Guide excerpts, and bonus supplemental content and advice from Karl Stevens, would has assisted in developing the exams and writing questions for those two exams. It is meant to help you get the most out of your study time.

NOTE:  This is not a teaching class; it is a REVIEW class.  You must study prior to attending the class, so the review reinforces what you have already read.

 It is very important that you get the latest study materials (CPSM Study Guide, 2nd Edition ) to help you prepare for the CPSM® Exams or the CPSM® Bridge Exam.  You will need to order these materials AT LEAST two weeks before each class, so you have time to read through the material that will be covered in the Review Course.

These review classes will be held at the Centre Club, 123 S. West Shore, Eighth Floor, Tampa, FL from 8:30am – 12:30pm on the following dates:

3/25/15 (Wednesday – Module 3)

5/20/15 (Wednesday – CPSD)

The room setting will be a large screen TV hookup, AVI projector, serving fresh brewed coffee, herbal tea, unsweetened iced tea, iced water, and assorted sodas.  Any participants will be allowed stay to have lunch after the review course, at the Centre Club, at their own expense.

The room will hold a total of 10 people (including the Instructor).   An email registration will be sent out to members two weeks prior to the event and you must register to attend, so the count can be confirmed at the Centre Club. Early registration is suggested, since there is very limited seating capacity.

Participants will be charged $150.00 per module, payable by check ONLY. That will be the only form of payment accepted, and all checks for your reservation are strictly due NO LATER THAN 72 HOURS PRIOR TO EACH EVENT.   Payments by check made out to ISM-FGC will be accepted by mail, to Karl Stevens, 512 Courtney Drive, Temple Terrace, FL 33617, or on the day of the event.

NOTE:  Cancellations will be accepted up to 48 hours before the starting time/date of the event.  Cancellations made within the 48 hour window will be non-refundable, since ISM is required to pay for the class accommodations.

Any questions, please contact Karl Stevens at one of these numbers:   813-988-0824, 863-904-1637 or email:


ISM-FGC invites Supply Chain Managers, Supervisors, Buyers, Planners, and Sourcing Analyst to this hands-on workshop – Value Stream Mapping – March 27. 2015


You will work in a project team to learn how to utilize lean techniques with value stream mapping to drive out costs and eliminate waste in the supply chain.   You will experience a real-time setting and review results/actual outcomes. This will not be a typical/ordinary class-room setting.

About our facilitator:

Bill is the Global Director of Continuous Improvement for ConMed Corporation. He has held several senior leadership positions with ConMed over his 22 years of employment, with concentrations within LeanSigma, new product development, business process optimization, production flow optimization and strategic planning.

He supports several professional organizations; Florida Medical Manufacturers’ Consortium (Director), FLATE – (Industry Advisory Board), Bioscience Education Consortium – Saint Petersburg College (Advisory Board). He also is involved with the Florida Sterling Council, the Florida High Tech Corridor Council and the Pinellas County Economic Development Council. He has served as Chairman of the Medical Device Industry Education Consortium (2007-2012), Business Advisory Council Chairman for Florida (2003).

 Bill holds 5 US Patents for Medical Devices.

 He is currently is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Petersburg College (Six Sigma – Black Belt) and is involved with the University of South Florida Industry Partnership Program (Industrial Engineering).

Prior to ConMed, Bill worked for Bristol Myers Squibb, Westinghouse Electric and Corning Glass Works in various roles including industrial engineering, quality & productivity and operations management.

Bill holds an Associates of Science Degree (ECC), Bachelor of Industrial Engineering (USF) and an MBA (UM).

Registration cost:
$99.00 for ISM/BAMA/APICS Members and Students$129.00 for Non-Members
$10.00 discount for each attendee will be given for companies that have five or more participants.  A cancellation fee will be charged to registrants who do not cancel 48 hours prior to the event.
Limited to 40 participants and will be filled on a first come basis.
A light sandwich lunch is included.

Looking for Additional Committee Members!!

Do you have a couple of hours a month to volunteer?
Want to add skills to your resume?
Ever wanted to know how to run a non-profit organization?

This is YOUR ISM affiliate. If you want to help us become The best affiliate in ISM, we need your skills and leadership experience.

It only takes five to ten hours a month to make new friends, learn about different companies or commodities, and give back to the profession that feeds your family. The variety of skills you can develop will support your upward progression throughout your career.

To Volunteer – please complete the Committee Member Volunteer Form


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ISM Florida Gulf Coast Sponsor

Affiliate Sponsor Meri M. Stockwell LLC

Affiliate Sponsor
Meri M. Stockwell LLC