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Procurement Professionals, Your Search is Over: Industry Experts from McGraw-Hill and ThomasNet.com to Address Best Practices In Sourcing

Press release date: October 9, 2012

Speakers Present a Total Approach to Supplier Sourcing for ISM-7 Counties, CSCMP NYCONN Roundtable, and APICS Tappan Zee at Diageo on October 18th

Norwalk, Connecticut - Attention procurement professionals: How often are you researching a part or supplier, or looking for a trusted partner to provide direction in your day-to-day sourcing?

During the upcoming joint meeting of ISM-7 Counties, CSCMP NYCONN Roundtable, and APICS Tappan Zee* at Diageo N.A., Norwalk, Connecticut, two industry procurement experts will offer the inside track to successfully address these issues. The first speaker from ThomasNet.com will cover product sourcing and supplier selection, followed by a presentation on the rules of engagement in business process outsourcing from McGraw-Hill.

Kristin Carty, Audience Outreach Manager at ThomasNet.com, will show procurement professionals how to use this dynamic platform successfully. ThomasNet.com is a comprehensive resource, available 24x7 and it has just re-launched with groundbreaking new features. It is industry's only free website for supplier discovery and sourcing of components, equipment, MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) products, raw materials and custom manufacturing services.

Following this presentation, Kevin Giblin, Director of Global Procurement, The McGraw-Hill Companies, will discuss how to establish an effective process for selecting the right outsourced partners, and maximizing savings. Mr. Giblin will cover advanced reporting and measurement tools used to tackle business process outsourcing (BPO) activities. While BPO is highly relevant in today's business world to increase efficiency and reduce costs, Mr. Giblin will offer tips in how to avoid its pitfalls.

When and Where
The dinner meeting will take place on Thursday, October 18th starting with registration and networking at 5:15 pm at Diageo North America, 801 Main Avenue, Norwalk, Conn. Presentations will begin at 6 pm.

Speakers
Ms. Carty is responsible for helping purchasing professionals to work more successfully by using the resources on ThomasNet.com. She travels around the country to meet with corporate purchasing departments, and members of purchasing associations. She especially enjoys helping those individuals who are just beginning their careers to rely on ThomasNet.com throughout their professional lives.

Mr. Giblin manages McGraw-Hill's indirect categories team, supplier relationships, and contracts. He also led the implementation of sourcing automation and contract management technology to improve efficiency across the organization. In 2011, he received the International Association for Contract and Commercial Management's "Collaborate to Innovate Award," and in 2009 he was recognized with the McGraw-Hill/CTB Achievement Award for significant supply chain cost reductions. Kevin is a frequent speaker at local and national sourcing organization meetings, and is a member and current Chairman of ISM's Supplier Management Group. He has served as curriculum advisor for Folsom College's Purchasing program and written for numerous publications.

Registration Information
The meeting is free for members, Host Company Diageo Procurement/Supply Chain Employees, members in transition and students. It is $15 for non-members attending the presentations, and $35 for non-members attending the presentations and dinner. Please contact: Jennifer O'Brien at jenobrie@optonline.net or 914-309-2774 by 12 pm October 16 to register.

*ISM stands for the Institute for Supply Management; CSCMP is the Council of Supply Chain Management professionals, and APICS is the Association for Operations Management.

About ISM-7 Counties ISM-7 Counties is an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM), rich in history and dedicated to educational excellence. As our name indicates, we serve the professional, educational and networking needs of supply chain colleagues in the six New York Counties of Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster, plus Fairfield County in Connecticut. In 2007, we formally embraced the paradigm of Supply Chain Management and changed our name from NAPM-7 Counties to ISM-7 Counties, Inc. in order to align ourselves with the new its 21st century methodology and principles.

The mission of ISM is: To Lead Supply Management. ISM's membership base includes more than 40,000 supply management professionals with a network of domestic and international affiliated associations. ISM-7 Counties, an affiliate, is a not-for-profit association that provides opportunities for the promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.

About ThomasNet.com®
ThomasNet.com, part of Thomas Industrial Network, Inc. is the Internet's pre-eminent sourcing and supplier discovery and selection platform for OEM, MRO and other products and services. The platform serves procurement professionals, engineers, plant and facility management and other buyers from corporations, educational institutions, government agencies, the military and small businesses. It also serves manufacturers, distributors, and service companies throughout North America who want to connect and do business with these buyers.

Additionally, Thomas Industrial Network includes: the Navigator Platform, a proprietary technology that helps industrial companies leverage their product information and data to increase sales; and Enterprise Solutions that enable companies to create and manage digital product data that can be syndicated to a variety of platforms. About Diageo
Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, beer and wine. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan's, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Jose Cuervo, Tanqueray and Guinness. Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at Diageo.com. For our global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit DRINKiQ.com.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies
McGraw-Hill announced on September 12, 2011, its intention to separate into two companies: McGraw-Hill Financial, a leading provider of content and analytics to global financial markets, and McGraw-Hill Education, a leading education company focused on digital learning and education services worldwide. McGraw-Hill Financial's leading brands include Standard & Poor's Ratings Services, S&P Capital IQ, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Platts energy information services and J.D. Power and Associates. With sales of $6.2 billion in 2011, the Corporation has approximately 23,000 employees across more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/.

Contact:
Dawn Ringel, Warner Communications
781-449-8456 or dawn@warnerpr.com
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