September 9-11, 2018 | Scottsdale, AZ

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ISM®'s Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) Annual Conference is recognized as one of the premier educational events within the utility supply chain industry. Focused on innovations in purchasing and materials management, UPMG2018 has been designed to help you stay on top of the latest trends and give you powerful strategies that will drive results within your organization.

Hosted by ISM-Cooperative Utilities, Inc.


  • 8:00am - 4:00pm

    UPMG Charity Golf Tournament
    Wildfire Golf Club

  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm

    Welcome Reception

  • 7:00 - 8:00am

    Continental Breakfast

  • 8:00 - 8:30am

    Opening Remarks

  • 8:30 - 9:30am

    Supply Chain Disruptors

  • 9:45 - 10:45am

    Puerto Rican Mutual Assistance Case Study

  • 10:50 - 11:45am

    Diversity & Inclusion: Avoiding the Bias Trap

  • 11:45am - 12:30pm

    Supplier Diversity Trends/Advancement

  • 12:30 - 1:30pm

    Lunch (on your own)

  • A Vested Approach to Partnering with Suppliers

    Inventory Optimization – Obsolescence

    Small Company Big Impact

  • Measuring Total Cost of Ownership

    Leveraging Data Analytics in Supply Chain

    Supplier Scorecards

    Measuring Supply Chain Value

  • Procurement Seat at the Table

    Taking the Supply Chain Value Proposition to New Heights

    Developing Next Generation of Utility and Contractor Skilled Labor

    The Case for Excellence

  • 4:15 - 6:15pm

    Supplier Networking Display and Reception

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  • 7:00 - 8:00am

    Continental Breakfast

  • 8:05 - 8:55am

    Innovation in the Utility Space — Breakthrough Technologies Gain Traction

  • Contracting Best Practices

    Inventory & Logistics - Best Practices

    Attracting Millennials to Supply Chain - The People Pipeline

    Utilities and ISM’s Report On Business: Actionable Information to Better Understand Economic Conditions

  • 10:00 - 10:45am

    University Student Presentations

  • 10:45 - 11:30am

    Leadership Forum: How to Build a Successful Career in Supply Chain

  • 11:30am - 12:15pm


  • 12:15 - 2:00pm

    Luncheon Speaker – Shifting Business Models in the Power Industry

  • 2:00 - 4:00pm

    SAFER Nuclear Facilities Recovery Tour

  • 2:00 - 2:45pm

    Blockchain Application for Utility Industry

  • 2:45 - 3:45pm

    Unconscious Bias: A Quiet Performance Killer

  • 3:45 - 4:00pm

    Closing Comments

  • 4:15 - 6:15pm


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Network for a Good Cause

Join us for the UPMG Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Wildfire Golf Club. Network with attendees and solution providers by designing your own team or being grouped with other participants.

Proceeds of the event will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

Conference & Golf Registration Golf Only Registration

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  • ABB

  • Anixter

  • Brooks Manufacturing Co.

  • Choctaw-Kaul Distribution Co.

  • Day & Zimmermann

  • General Cable

  • Gresco Utility Supply, Inc.

  • Howard Industries

  • Hyrdo, Inc.

  • IDEAL Electrical Supply Corporation

  • Jingoli Power

  • MacLean

  • The Okonite Co.

  • SAP Ariba

  • Southwire

  • Stella-Jones Corp

  • Travel Leaders Corporate

  • United Rentals, Inc.

  • Wesco Distribution

  • Wolseley Industrial Group

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    UPMG2018 Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
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    Room Rate: $189

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