History of ISM Memphis: 1944 to Present

The original group of purchasing practitioners convened at some time during the early years of World War II and called themselves the Shelby County Purchasing Agents Association. Records indicate that the majority of those members were women, apparently because of the war. The first president of this group was H. R. (Pappy) Graves of the National Fireworks Company.

Between the time of its inception and late 1943, the group had changed its name to the Memphis Association of Purchasing Agents, and at that time made application to the National Association of Purchasing Agents to become an affiliated association. At their regular monthly meeting held on October 19, 1943, at the Hotel Chisca, The M.A.P.A. had as its guest speaker Mr. W. M. Kerrick, Vice President of N.A.P.A. for the 7th District. Mr. Kerrick gave a presentation of the functioning of the organization and its real benefits.

On January 24, 1944, at the Gayoso Hotel, the President of N.A.P.A., Mr. Robert Swanton of Winchester Repeating Arms Company, along with the new Vice President for District VII, Mr. George Cole of the Alabama Power Company, presented the official charter to the Memphis group, officially proclaiming them as an affiliated association of N.A.P.A. There were 27 charter members. Their first president was Wm. E. Rier, and the first vice president was James Pidgeon. Some things haven’t changed since those first meetings: M.A.P.A. met on the third Tuesday of each month but dues were only $25.00 per year.
  • JANUARY, 1944 - National Association of Purchasing Agents presented certificate to the Memphis Association of Purchasing Agents as an evidence of its becoming an affiliated association.
  • AUGUST, 1949 - Wives of the Board members meet to form an auxiliary.
  • SEPTEMBER, 1949 - Name of auxiliary decided - Purcher-Ettes They held monthly meetings and had benefits for various charities.
  • OCTOBER, 1951 - Eighth annual Southeast conference at the Peabody. Theme "Industry Looks South". Purcher-Ettes were hostesses and planned parties and tours for the wives of those attending.
  • OCTOBER, 1952 - Received the "Attendance Plaque" for having the most delegates at the Ninth annual District 7 Conference.
  • OCTOBER, 1960 - Seventeenth annual District 7 Conference held at the Peabody. Theme "College of Purchasing Knowledge Your P.A. Degree in Materials Management".
  • JUNE, 1977 - Industrial Trade Exhibit of Mid-America held at Cook Convention Center.
  • AUGUST, 1979 - Joe Lowenthal, C.P.M. and Tom McCormack began mentoring members in Jackson, TN to form a West Tennessee Chapter of Purchasing Management Association Memphis.
  • OCTOBER, 1980 - Joe Lowenthal, C.P.M. was the recipient of the RAYMAC District Membership Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding achievement in membership growth for the fiscal year 1979 - 1980.
  • JANUARY, 1984 - Name of association changed to Purchasing Management Association of Memphis
  • JANUARY, 1984 - 40th Anniversary of Purchasing Management Association of Memphis celebration
  • MAY, 1985 - Charles F. Wilson was the recipient of the 1985 Public Relations Person of the Year in Purchasing for the Southeast Division.
  • MAY, 1985 - Annual golf tournament is named in memory of Bert Bates therefore becoming the PMAM Bert Bates Memorial Golf tournament
  • OCTOBER, 1986 - T. D. (Tom) McCormack was the recipient of the 1986 Public Relations Person of the Year at the District VII Conference
  • MAY, 1991 - Joe Lowenthal, C.P.M. was the recipient of PMAM Recognition for Service
  • SEPTEMBER, 1991 - Name of association changed to National Association of Purchasing Management - Memphis Inc. (NAPM-Memphis)
  • JUNE, 1993 - NAPM-Memphis was the recipient of the "first" "Most Outstanding Publication" award made by District VII for it's publication, "The News and Views." Publisher F. Michael Babineaux, C.P.M.
  • OCTOBER, 1993 - NAPM-Memphis hosted the 50th Annual District VII Educational Conference.
  • MARCH, 1994 - 50th Anniversary of NAPM-Memphis, Inc.
  • OCTOBER, 1998 - Sandra Kinsey, C.P.M. was the recipient of the District VII MAC Award. (membership)
  • JULY, 2001 - Sandra Kinsey, C.P.M. was the recipient of the T.A. Corcoran Award.
  • MAY, 2003 - F. M. (Mike) Babineaux, C.P.M. was the recipient of the Institue for Supply Management Education Person of the Year Award
  • January 24, 2004 - 60th Anniversary of NAPM-Memphis, Inc.
  • August 15, 2013 - Name of association changed to Institute for Supply Management - Memphis, Inc. (ISM-Memphis)

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