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Welcome to the website for ISM Greater Grand Rapids.  As an affiliate of the Institute for Supply Management, we have been providing educational opportunities for our membership since 1919.  They include eight Professional Dinner Meetings (PDM), tours, seminars, and webinars.  So take a look around.  If you are not a member and would like to try us out, please contact us:

We provide over 35 hours of educational opportunities in addition to networking with your peers in the Supply Chain profession.  Again, reach out to us as we would like to assist you in growing in the profession.

Thomas Cole, C.P.M.
President ISM Greater Grand Rapids


The Greater Grand Rapids Report on Business covering February along witih Brian Long's comments on the Corporate Tax Rate are now available in the Members section. 

Videos presented by Steve Melnyk in his November 8, 2016 PDM are available in  the Members section in the PDM Handouts Videos and Podcasts page.  Rise: What the Future of Supply Chain Looks LIke and The Internet of Things

Audio podcast of Ted Kallman's February 15, 2017 PDM presentation is available in the Members section in the PDM Handouts Videos and Podcasts page

The Greater Grand Rapids Report on Business covering January is now avaiable in the Members section. 

David Closs' presentation slides from the January 11, 2017 PDM is now available in the Members section in the PDM Handouts Videos and Podcasts page

The Greater Grand Rapids Report on Business covering December is now avaiable in the Members section. 

Steven Melnyk's presentation slides from the November 2016 PDM  cannot be posted on the webpage due to size. 
Please contact Kip Smalligan at  or 616/331-3211 if you would like a copy.


14th Annual Midwest  
Supply Chain Management Conference
"Working together to drive business value." 
March 16, 2017
8:00- 4:00 p.m. 
Early Bird:
$225/person (register by February 23, 2017)
Regular Registration: $275/person
Group Registration: $225/person
(3 or more from same company)  
Student Registration: $35
(Students must be enrolled full time at a university. Call 616-771-0327 to register)  


GVSU-Eberhard Center
301 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Individuals with responsibility for product design/engineering, procurement/sourcing, manufacturing/operations, distribution/logistics, customer demand management, human resources and information technology.


Sunrise Series Register Link

The Midwest Supply Chain Management Conference is a comprehensive supply chain management education and networking event. This year's conference will include leaders from industry, consulting and academia who will share practical experiences in the areas of:

  • Operations & Logistics
  • Growth & Innovation
  • Global Perspectives
  • Leadership & Development
Continued change in the global economy has created new opportunities for supply chain professionals. Future success will be heavily influenced by the strategies, practices and
processes that organizations put in place to facilitate innovation and operational excellence.  
As an individual or as an organization, you will walk away from this conference with positive energy and new ideas for the future. 


  • Rick Mattoon, Senior Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago - The US and Midwest Economy in 2017: Implications for Supply Chain Firms
  • Kevin Smith, President and CEO, Sustainable Supply Chain Consulting - The Critical Importance of Supply Chains, Personal Success and Challenges for the Next Ten Years


Sunrise Series Register Link    


Sponsorship opportunities are available. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Contact Natalia Kovicak at or 616-771-0327 
if you have any questions.
Assistance: Kathy, Affiliate Admin (616) 490-8608 or
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