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These are tough times for traditional professional associations. Desperate times are calling for desperate measures. This sentiment has never been more evident than it was when the remaining members of the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) received a ballot in the mail this week.

This ballot proposes that ISM do away with its long-standing restriction that prevents “persons who are primarily engaged in sales activity” from becoming ISM members. Apparently, if a majority of voters accept this proposal, ISM will transition from an organization dedicated to serving individuals in the supply management profession to one that, much like any chamber of commerce in any town in the USA, is open to anyone.

While, online and offline, the consensus seems to be opposition to this change, it is not the emotions that count – it is the number of votes. While previous proxies sent to members – such as those for electing the board of directors – didn’t seem to really make a difference in the outcome of the decision, this particular proxy seems to have a potentially dramatic impact on the future of ISM.

So, if you are an ISM member: Are you voting? If no, why wouldn’t you? If yes, are you voting for or against and why?

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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