ISM-Nebraska, Inc. Awards 

We present 2 awards each year to deserving individuals.

The awards are:

Jim Cusick Award

Recipient is a purchasing professional who the committee feels has accomplished the most for ISM-NE over the last two years. It can be a new member or long term member who has stayed active and has accomplished a great deal over the recent two years.

Meritorious Service Award

For recognition and sincere appreciation of long standing years of dedicated service and outstanding contributions to the supply management profession. The recipient must have had a long term commitment of a minimum of 10 years at some level of the Supply Management group - National or Local and can not be anyone presently serving on the ISM-NE Board of Directors.  


The 2013 recipient of the Jim Cusick Award is


Allan R Howick

 Allan Howick is Purchasing Manager for Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Society in Omaha Nebraska. He has been an ISM Nebraska member since 2004 and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer. Past Board positions have included VP of Marketing and Membership, President Elect and then Affiliate President for the 2010 – 2011 term. 

Mr. Howick has been active in support of both the Grand Island and the Omaha Golf Fund Raisers , helping with team registrations and event activities. For the past three years he has assisted in the planning and set up at the annual Product Shows held in Omaha, Lincoln and Grand Island.

 Mr. Howick provided key support during the past year to the Affiliate serving a large number of hours and extra effort on the numerous changes and challenges during the transition to the new ISM Website and accounting processes.

 Education and Affiliate development has been a focus for Mr. Howick. He has attended the ISM International conference for the past several years and attended the Affiliate Leadership Sessions the past two years. He has also attended and presented at the ISM Regional Leadership event.

 Please join us in congratulating Al! 




The 2013 recipient of the Meritorious Service Award is

Melody Diamond

    Melody has been an ISM member for over 20 years. She served as President from 2007 through 2008. Melody was instrumental in getting the name changed from NAPM-NE to ISM-NE which included rewriting all of the documents, including the ISM-NE strategic plans and marketing plan by working directly with ISM National. These guiding documents are still the foundation of the ISM-NE strategic plans today. She provided opportunities and training for our members to test for the CSPM. Melody held many other board and committee positions, in addition to helping with the golf outings, and judging at the Omaha and Lincoln Product Shows. She chaired the Membership Committee and creative new Membership Campaigns. She still supports ISM-NE today, by golfing at the Scholarship Golf Benefits.

Marty Sehn & Melody Diamond

Please join us in congratulating Melody

and thanking her for her years of service




The ISM-NE 2012-13 Board of Directors:

Marty Sehn, Chuck Larsen, Ray Turek, Tim Scharnhorst, Ruth Santiago, Tom Radcliff

and Al Howick