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 and Presentation to Charity

  • 8:30 - 9:30am

    Supply Chain Disruptors

  • 9:45 - 10:45am

    Puerto Rican Mutual Assistance Case Study

  • 10:45 - 11:45am

    Diversity & Inclusion: Avoiding the Bias Trap

  • 11:45am - 12:15pm

    Utilizing Diverse Suppliers to Create Your Competitive Advantage

  • 12:15 - 1:30pm

    Lunch (on your own)

  • 1:30 - 2:15pm | Concurrent Sessions

    A Vested Approach to Partnering with Suppliers

    Inventory Optimization – Obsolescence

    Small Company - Big Impact

    Measuring Supply Chain Value

  • 2:30 – 3:15pm | Concurrent Sessions

    Achieving Total Cost of Ownership Savings by Leveraging the Utility Distributor Manufacturer Value Streams

    Leveraging Data Analytics in Supply Chain

    An Effectiveness Review of Supplier Scorecards

    Developing a Fact Base Negotiation Strategy for Construction Services

  • 3:30 – 4:30pm | Concurrent Sessions

    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

  • 5:00 - 7:00pm

    Supplier Networking Display and Reception

    Sponsored by:

  • 7:00 - 8:00am

    Continental Breakfast

  • 8:00 - 9:00am

    Innovation in the Utility Space — Breakthrough Technologies Gain Traction

  • 9:00 – 9:45am | Concurrent Sessions

    Contracting Best Practices: Moving the needle on your contract lifecycle management program

    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

  • 1:30 - 5:00pm

    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

  • 5:30 - 7:30pm


    Sponsored by:

SAFER Nuclear Facilities Recovery Tour

Learn about the SAFER program, then tour one of America’s National SAFER Response Centers (NSRCs). These centers house emergency backup equipment for all commercial nuclear plants in the U.S. The SAFER program and the NSRCs were created following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Japan in 2011. Commercial nuclear plants in the U.S. worked together to prepare additional emergency response plans to increase safety, including ensuring the ability to move emergency equipment to U.S. nuclear plants within 24 hours by truck, plane and helicopter.
September 11
1:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Limited Availability

Online registration has discontinued. Please register onsite.

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.

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  • ALOM Technologies


  • Arizona Public Service

  • Epiq Technologies

  • Ardmore Power Logistics

  • Hydro, Inc.

  • Avetta

  • Bell Lumber & Pole

  • Border States Electric

  • Central Moloney Inc

  • CME Wire & Cable

  • Eaton

  • Emerald Transformer

  • Choctaw-Kaul Distribution Co.


  • ABB

  • GlobalTranz

  • G. D. Barri & Associates, Inc.

  • Gresco Utility Supply, Inc.

  • AGT Global Logistics

  • Anixter

  • Day & Zimmermann

  • Brooks Manufacturing Co.

  • Jingoli Power

  • Howard Industries

  • Hubbell Power Systems, Inc

  • IDEAL Electrical Supply Corporation

  • Irby Utilities

  • J Y Legner Associates, Inc.

  • Koppers, Inc.

  • LS Cable & System USA

  • MacLean Power Systems

  • Mesa Associates

  • Midal Cables Ltd

  • The Okonite Co.

  • Oniqua, an IBM Company

  • Power Advocate Inc.

  • Preferred Sales Agency, Ltd.

  • Prysmian Group/General Cable

  • ProcureAbility

  • Revenew

  • SAP Ariba

  • S & C Electric Company

  • Southern States, LLC

  • Southwire

  • Stella-Jones Corp

  • Tapp, Inc.

  • TCG Parts

  • Thomasson Company

  • Travel Leaders Corporate

  • Trinity Meyer Utility Structures

  • United Rentals, Inc.

  • United Scrap Metal

  • University of Tennessee

  • Utility Supply Management Alliance (USMA)

  • Valmont Utility

  • Wesco Distribution

  • Wolseley Industrial Group

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UPMG2018 Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities
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Scottsdale, AZ

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