About Us

ISM-Nashville is recognized throughout Nashville and the surrounding areas as the leading organization for the support of Purchasing and Supply Management professionals.  Some may recognize us as NAPM (National Association of Purchasing Managers) or even S.M.A.R.T. Nashville (Supply Management Association – Resources and Training), as our name has changed a few times over the past 50 years.  But, no matter what our name, we are committed to leading the supply management profession through our standards of excellence, research, and education.

Currently, ISM-Nashville is comprised of members from over 30 different industry segments.  We are a group consisting of much more than just manufacturing.  These industries include Food Products, Printing & Publishing, Chemicals, Transportation, Communications, Healthcare, Insurance, Education, Automotive, Entertainment, and Financial Services.  Just to name a few. 

ISM-Nashville is committed to leading the supply management profession through our high standards of excellence, continued research, and dedication to education and professional development.

Mission Statement

Striving to be the leading provider of Supply Management development, training, support and networking opportunities to meet the current and future needs of businesses in Middle Tennessee. These needs are exemplified by the following mission objectives:

  • The ongoing professional development of our membership through educational and networking opportunities.

  • Advancement of the procurement and supply management profession through the encouragement of effective and ethical strategies and practices.

  • Recognition for ISM-Nashville members through the professional certification credential programs offered through ISM (Institute for Supply Management).

  • Support for the ISM-Nashville general membership through affiliate-related volunteer opportunities.


Vision Statement

It is our vision that ISM-Nashville becomes known as the leading provider of supply management professional services for Middle Tennessee. In addition, we strive for ISM-Nashville to be recognized for excellence in supply management education, technical support, and professional networking activities.