Supply Chain Pros Have More Time to Reward the Industry’s Future Leaders

The demand for supply chain professionals may soon exceed supply by a ratio of six to one

New York and Tempe, AZAugust 13, 2015—Supply management professionals: Help ensure the vitality of your industry by rewarding and re-energizing its future leaders. ThomasNet and the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) are making it easier to do just that. By popular demand, the organizations are extending the deadline for their second 30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars Recognition Program to October 30, 2015.

ThomasNet and ISM launched this initiative to help the industry build a pipeline of new talent. This is becoming critical as Baby Boomers begin retiring, leaving open positions with nobody trained to fill them. According to research from consulting firm Deloitte, the demand for these professionals may soon exceed supply by a ratio of six to one.

ThomasNet and ISM hope that, by showcasing exceptional young supply management professionals, they will inspire other Millennials to fill this widening gap. They will recognize 30 individuals who are 30 or younger, and who demonstrate outstanding initiative, collaboration, innovation and/or leadership.

One example is Katy Conrad Maynor, a category manager of finished lubricants/business to business (B2B) at Shell Oil—last year’s Megawatt star. Maynor loves everything about her job—working with smart engineering and business professionals, solving tough problems, and making a bottom-line impact. At Shell, she delivered significant savings, built a regional B2B sourcing strategy and held an exciting overseas assignment. To engage other Millennials, she also helped create the Emerging Professionals Group (EPG) for the ISM-Houston affiliate.

To nominate someone for the 2016 awards, go to: Self-nominations are also encouraged. All winners will receive a free one-year ISM membership. In addition, one Megawatt star, along with his or her nominator, will receive an all-expense paid trip to ISM’s 2016 conference, which is to be held May 16 through 18 in Indianapolis. 

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