ISM-Buffalo, Inc.

A Chapter of the Institute for Supply Management working together to advance the profession of supply management.

ISM—Buffalo's Leading Supply Chain Management Professionals 

Since its inception in 1904, ISM—Buffalo, Inc. has strived to provide opportunities for the professional development of our membership through educational and networking opportunities designed to increase knowledge within the supply management profession.

As one of over 65 chapters of Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®), ISM—Buffalo's membership is comprised of purchasing and supply chain professionals who are at different points in their careers from many different industries in Western New York.

Upcoming Events




Chapter Webinar

ISM-Buffalo Russia's Invasion of Ukraine, COVID & Future Supply Chain Disruptions in 2022

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the COVID-19 pandemic with its variants, is impacting supply chains in different parts of the world at different times, and will continue to do so. Extreme weather events, which have unleashed environmental catastrophes leading to loss of human lives, continue to prevent areas around the world from producing and moving materials. Cyber security issues are disrupting systems and impacting supply chains while shutting down businesses, geo-political issues which could threaten our supply of energy and semi-conductor chips, the looming longshoreman potential strike and how it could impact our already overwhelmed ports in California and lastly the "bull whip effect" which could cause inventory issues for companies in 2022. What supply chain disruptions should we expect in 2022? When will this global supply chain chaos end? Will we get back to normal?
Sponsor: 050 ISM-Buffalo, Inc.
Patrick C Penfield, C.P.M.





Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) Annual

ISM®'s Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) Annual Conference is recognized as one of the premier educational events within the utility supply chain industry. Given the current environment and the impact to supply chain, this virtual event will focus on resilience. Working with our executive committee of utilities professionals, suppliers and thought leaders—and pulling from our continued research data on the impact of COVID-19—we have put together a focused virtual event packed with education, and yes, connection with other supply chain professionals and suppliers within the utilities industry. LEARN MORE AT




Chapter Meeting

ISM-Buffalo Guardians of Intellectual Property in the 21st Century

The length and complexity, the number of geographically distributed firms, and the number of products that modern supply chains are tasked with delivering to consumers have grown exponentially over the past several decades. Regional supply chains have transformed into global ones with IP and related proprietary information being dispersed across firms’ extended enterprises. Couple these trends with the increase in digitization and the larger presence of internet-enabled technologies, and the number of attack vectors for malevolent actors has outpaced potential protections and safeguards. Succinctly stated, supply chains are vulnerable to IP theft. But questions remain, such as which parts of supply chains are the most vulnerable? What technologies exist to help protect IP? What is missing, and what can be done? The following measures are needed to better protect IP throughout supply chains: (1) the implementation of training for supply chain personnel to match the scale and scope of the increasingly pervasive vulnerabilities of IP in supply chains, (2) the implementation of protocols for traceability and tracking of raw materials at the beginning of the supply chain, and across entities of the supply chain, ideally through an established set of standards for IP protections in the onboarding process, and (3) the establishment of a detection, mitigation, and recovery strategy such that firms have a balanced approach to handling IP theft.

Sponsor: 050 ISM-Buffalo, Inc.
Amherst, NY
Steven Carnovale, PhD

Message from the President

Welcome! On behalf of the ISM-Buffalo Board of Directors, I encourage you to explore our newly launched website and learn more about all we have to offer the supply chain profession!

ISM-Buffalo is a non-profit association, run primarily by volunteers. Our focus is on education, professional development, and networking for those in all aspects of supply chain management. Our chapter has monthly educational dinner meetings where we discuss topics relevant to today’s SCM professional and, of course, networking opportunities with your peers. Our education team has planned webinars on a variety of topics that are offered monthly via Zoom. Full-Day seminars are offered twice a year and we are again able to add plant tours to our schedule of events.

Not a member of ISM-Buffalo, Inc.?
Although you don’t need to be a member to attend our events, you should consider joining us. Becoming an ISM member offers many benefits at both the local and global level.

Interested in staying in touch and learning about our activities as they are announced? Sign up to receive our newsletter “Buffalo Buylines” and updates on events.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact our office.  We are always looking for volunteers to be involved in planning and organizing our chapter activities. Contact us at or call 716.648.0972.

Jayson DeGolier, CPSM, CPSD, CPIM, ICBB

President, ISM-Buffalo, Inc.

Supply Management News & Reports

ISM Annual Membership Vote

July 06, 2022

Cast your ballot for the next members of the ISM Board of Directors.


Notice of ISM Annual Membership Meeting

Notice is given that the Institute for Supply Management, Inc. (ISM) Annual Membership Meeting will be held on August 25, 2022, at 9:00 a.m. ET at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, GA, USA. At any meeting of the members, every eligible member may vote either in person or by proxy. Each such proxy should be filed electronically with the Secretary before or at the time of the meeting.

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Your membership in ISM will provide a powerful path to stay connected, engaged, and up-to-date with everything happening in supply management. Serious procurement and supply chain professionals are dedicated to staying in the know about their profession and staying at the top of their game. An ISM membership will provide you with that and more.

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Women’s Supply Management Community

This is an inclusive and welcoming group, and all who wish to celebrate and empower women practicing within the supply management profession are invited. This group is for creating connections, networking, celebrating successes, sharing news, tips, stories, job opportunities, ideas and empowerment for women within the supply management field.

We encourage you to share your supply chain questions, thoughts, ideas, and comments with ISM and other group members.

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