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September 12-13, 2022

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Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) Annual Conference

ISM®'s Utility Purchasing Management Group (UPMG) Annual Conference is recognized as one of the premier educational events within the utility supply chain profession. Working with our executive committee of utilities professionals, suppliers and thought leaders, we are building an in-person event packed with education and yes, connection with other supply chain professionals and suppliers within the utilities industry. We are excited to see everyone again and invite you to join us to connect, share lessons, celebrate and walk away inspired to tackle the challenges ahead.

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·         Enjoy the elegance of Loews Atlanta located in midtown Atlanta. Let the energy and beauty of the city enhance your conference experience. No better way to be back in person with your peers than a location that offers great options to explore and enjoy both the conference and all the city has to offer from the Coca-Cola experience, beautiful Piedmont Park to the third largest aquarium in the world and a full range of culinary treats at local restaurants.

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Agenda at a Glance

As we ease back to in-person, this compacted schedule provides you with opportunities to network, meet with suppliers and gain skills and knowledge without taking too much time from your busy schedule.


Day 1 Agenda


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm ET

Welcome (Re-) Connection Reception

Day 2 Agenda


7:00 am - 4:00 pm ET

Registration and Info Desk

Location: Ellington Foyer

7:00 am - 8:00 am ET


Location: Ellington Foyer

8:00 am - 9:30 am ET

Opening Keynote and Session

Location: Ellington Foyer (D,E,F)

9:30 am - 10:00 am ET


Location: Ellington Foyer

10:00 am - 10:50 am ET

CPO Panel - Challenges and Opportunities

Location: Ellington Foyer


10:50 am - 11:05 am ET


Location: Ellington Foyer

11:05 am - 12:00 pm ET

Future Outlook for Utilities

Location: Ellington Foyer (D,E,F)

12:00 am - 1:00 pm ET


Location: Ellington Foyer

1:00 pm - 1:50 pm ET

Future Tech – Utilities

Location: Ellington Foyer (D,E,F)

1:50 pm - 2:40 pm ET

Executing Capital Projects

Location: Ellington Foyer (D,E,F)


2:40 pm -3:00 pm ET


Location: Ellington Foyer

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm ET

Closing Session - Energy Industry Update (EIU)

Location: Ellington Foyer (D,E,F)

Keynote Speaker

Conference Content


CPO Panel - Challenges and Opportunities
Behind the Scenes Discussion with Senior Utility Executives
Following the keynote, the first session pulls together Chief Procurement Officers from various utilities and suppliers to discuss current challenges and where they see opportunities. This interactive session encourages attendee questions and insights to share with fellow peers.

Joe Lowey

Vice President of Sales Power Distribution, Prysmian Group NA

Brian Schulties, CPM

CPO, North America, Prysmian Group

Jack Ward

Vice President Marketing & Sales, Howard Industries, Ind.

Johnny Howze

Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Southern Company
Future Outlook for Utilities
What Lies Ahead for the Utility Industry
Research and development professionals and thought leaders gather together to discuss what lies on their roadmap including discussions around the state of hydrogen and other processes and tech impacting how to approach future challenges within the utilities industry.

Samuel Kelty

Research Engineer, Technology Research and Analysis, LG&E and KU

Kristie Deiuliis

Managing Director, Strategy & Planning, Black & Veatch
Future Tech - Utilities
Supply Chain Technology Trends and Truths for Utilities
With challenges in the utility supply chain and limited resources to execute, how can technology help fill the gap? This session discusses future technology trends and the "truths" behind what tech can and can't accomplish.

 Annemarie Loftus Hitti

 Senior Management Consulting Executive, Accenture

Anant Kumar

Senior Management Consulting Executive, Accenture
Executing Capital Projects
Supply Chain and Construction Execution Strategies

Utilities discuss the challenges of having the dollars to invest combined with the hurdles to execute. In this session real case studies are shared on what is and isn't working. Highly interactive session with attendees to share best practices for successfully executing capital projects.

Steven Dobson, Manager, Sourcing, East Kentucky Power Cooperative, Inc.

Melanie Cross

Director, Supply Chain Support and Supplier Diversity

Jerrod Devers

Account Manager for Power Line Supply

Harvey Collins

Senior Manager, Supply Chain Major Projects, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)

Shawn Matthews

Vice President of Technical Solutions and Midwest Sales Division
Energy Industry Update (EIU)
Trends and Data-Driven Insights for Utility Planning
ScottMadden delivers their most recent Energy Industry Update discussing topics like fossil fuel switching, capital markets and needs, utility decarbonization and more. In this intimate setting, attendees can ask questions and hear insights from fellow participants as it relates to the latest report.

John Francis

Partner, ScottMadden


UPMG Experts

ISM events are driven by the practitioners. UPMG is no different. Our UPMG Utility Executive Committee and the Supplier Advisory Council work hard to deliver content that is relevant to the current challenges within the Utility industry as well as trends and best practices on planning for the future.



Maria Jarvis, CPSM – Chair | Senior Purchasing Agent at Hoosier Energy, Rural Electric Cooperative


Melanie Cross – First Vice Chair | Director, Supply Chain Support and Supplier Diversity at Tennessee Valley Authority


Scott Wilezol, CPSM, CPSD, C.P.M. -Second Vice Chair | Director, IT Sourcing at Duke Energy

Meet All of Our Experts 


Best Deal: Group Pricing

Register a group of 5 or more and save 10%!




Present – September 12, 2022

$695 Member

$995 Nonmember


Countdown to Event



Sponsors and Exhibitors




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To learn more visit www.ariba.com  and www.fieldglass.com





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Sponsorship & Exhibits

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