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Press release date: May 5, 2014

Organizations Seek Nominations for “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” by July 31, 2014

New York, NY and Tempe, AZ — ThomasNet.com® and Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) today announced a new partnership to spotlight those Millennials whose initiative, collaboration, innovation, and/or leadership are strengthening the purchasing/supply chain management industry. The organizations launched a “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition Program during the annual ISM conference, ISM2014, in Las Vegas.

”We have created this program at a pivotal moment for the supply chain segment, which is gearing up for a generational shift as Baby Boomers retire. By the year 2025, members of today’s Millennial generation (18-32) will comprise about 75 percent of the workforce. This program is a way to encourage and honor those dedicated and creative professionals who represent the future of their industry,” said Mark Holst-Knudsen, President, ThomasNet.

“Every day, supply chain management and purchasing professionals make decisions that affect their companies’ brands, competitive positioning, and bottom-line performance. Being able to have such an important impact makes supply chain management particularly rewarding. This group of outstanding young leaders can help influence one of the most strategic and dynamic careers in the global economy of the 21st Century,” said Tom Derry, Chief Executive Officer, ISM.

The ThomasNet/ISM program will showcase thirty Millennials who are thirty or younger, and who have already had notable accomplishments. Contributions to their companies, professional associations, and the industry at large will all be considered. Examples include outstanding achievement, exceeding goals, creating or improving processes, and more.

Each of these young luminaries will receive complimentary membership in ISM for one year. One “megawatt” professional from the group, along with their nominator will receive an all-expense paid trip to ISM2015 to be held on May 3-6 in Phoenix, Arizona. Through the knowledge they gain from ISM programs, these young professionals will be empowered to make an even bigger difference to their organizations.

Individuals can nominate deserving young professionals by going to www.thomasnet.com/30under30. Self-nominations are also encouraged. The deadline is July 31, 2014, and winners will be announced in the fall. All nominees must be thirty or younger as of December 31, 2014.

For additional information, please contact Linda Rigano, Executive Director, Media Relations, ThomasNet, at 212-629-1522 or lrigano@thomasnet.com.

About ThomasNet.com®
ThomasNet.com®, part of Thomas Industrial Network, Inc. is the leading platform for supplier discovery and selection of 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. Buyers of industrial products and services can connect to ThomasNet News from ThomasNet.com®.

About ISM
Institute for Supply Management® (ISM) is the first supply management institute in the world. Founded in 1915, ISM's mission is to enhance the value and performance of procurement and supply chain management practitioners and their organizations worldwide. By executing and extending its mission through education, research, standards of excellence and information dissemination — including the renowned monthly ISM Report On Business® — ISM maintains a strong global influence among individuals and organizations. ISM is a not-for-profit educational association that serves professionals with an interest in supply management who live and work in more than 90 countries. ISM offers the Certified Professional in Supply Management® (CPSM®) and Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity® (CPSD®) qualifications.
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