'Be a predictor', purchasers told

10 May 2012
Rebecca Ellinor, managing editor, Supply ManagementThe winner of this year’s J Shipman gold medal award – the highest prize given to a purchaser by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) in the US - went to Joe Cavinato. The ISM supply chain professor is credited with developing the profession by recognising that supply chain management goes beyond purchasing and procurement because its professionals get involved before the product is even created. Presenting Cavinato with the award at the institute’s 97th annual conference in Baltimore in the US, Norbert Ore described him as a “pioneer, a visionary, scholar, leader and valued contributor” to the profession. Cavinato, who has four decades of experience in the profession, told the thousands of delegates gathered to watch that this was “the greatest time in history to be in this field”. “It’s expanding all the time – so go out and find something to be passionate about,” he said, “I know I did.” He added the best individuals look beyond their job, field, company and industry to identify trends and synthesize them for others. “That’s leadership,” he said. “Be a predictor for others in your company and take a leadership role and try to connect the dots for people.” A great number in the profession have said one of the brilliant parts of the job is that they sit at the heart of the business – they are the connector between everything it does, Cavinato is urging buyers to use that position and go a step or two beyond it.
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