ISM2018 in Nashville, Tennessee concluded on Wednesday with activity that was limited to the morning, but featured a full day's worth of learning. Attendees acknowledged this on social media, as their tweets with the #ISM2018 hashtag indicated a desire to finish strong.
One last day to pickup knowledge at #ISM2018— Karen Eboch (@kceboch) May 9, 2018
At an ISM Annual Conference, the closing keynote speaker usually provides actionable information that audience members can take away and immediately use in their organizations. Former Amazon executive John Rossman fit that mold on Wednesday, discussing how to overcome barriers that prevent a company from taking advantage of business trends and being customer-centric.
Attendees and presenters reflected on insights expressed and lessons learned during sessions on Wednesday and throughout the Conference.
Big names bring big crowds to close out #ISM2018. Thank you to our presenters, Erin Riley from University of California and Kim Broniek from II-VI Incorporated and moderator David Natoff of Blue Sphere Consulting. #SMARTbyGEP pic.twitter.com/PTHmXSu9Xn— GEP ® (@GEP_Worldwide) May 9, 2018
Finally, it was time to depart the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, which many attendees agreed was the ideal setting for a productive and picturesque Conference. Among the goodbyes and thank yous:
As we wrap up the final day at #ISM2018 we want to thank @ism for putting on a conference where the brightest minds in #procurement and #supplychain are able to come together and share their ideas for the future pic.twitter.com/y3GaeCEcqI— Proxima (@Proxima_Group) May 9, 2018
The supply management profession will reconvene at ISM2019. And after four days near the Grand Ole Opry, attendees can bring their cowboy hats and country music back to next year's Conference location.