Debora J. Csontos To Receive Walter Moon Award!

Deb Csontos

Debora J. Csontos, C.P.M., has been selected to receive the Walter M. Moon Award on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at The Palace at Somerset, Somerset New Jersey.

The Walter M. Moon Award is presented to an ISM-NJ member who has consistently demonstrated purchasing professionalism and has made outstanding contributions to the development and professional stature of the Association.  Factors to be considered in selecting the candidate are:

  • Demonstrate leadership and service on committees, at forums, dinner meetings and other ISM-NJ activities with a diversity of responsibilities.
  • Make contributions to published purchasing articles.
  • Participate in scheduled committee, Board and dinner meetings.
  • Be an active member for a minimum of seven years.
  • Other factors that appears pertinent for consideration.

Deb Csontos has worked in a wide range of functions in supply chain for a large utility for over 32 years.  Starting out as a material management clerk in their auto repair facility, she has worked her career path to a current position as contracting manager for their construction projects group.  All non-traditional roles for a woman in the utility industry where she built upon each position and worked toward the next higher level of responsibility.

Along with her professional trailblazing, Deb has continued her educational development through evening college classes taken over 15 years that eventually earned a BS degree in Business Administration/Material Management.  Not stubborn, just persistent.  Deb also attends ISM leadership training, seminars and conferences to continue her professional and personal growth.  Along the way, she has earned a lifetime C.P.M. and past CPSM and CPSD credentials through the Institute of Supply Management, as well as PMP certification from the Project Management Institute.

Deb is now retired enjoying making memories with family and friends.

Register Here

Wed, Jun 13, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
The Palace at Somerset Park
333 Davidson Avenue
Somerset, New Jersey 08873


Executive Message

Preeti Kaur    Preeti Kaur, Vice President Business Development

With spring around the corner, I am delighted to wish everyone a happy Saint Patrick’s Day! The months of April & May mark the beginning of brighter day filled with warmer weather and new prospects.

Personally, I am eager to celebrate the transitioning into the upcoming events here at ISM NJ. Such event includes; April breakfast meeting, various interactive webinars, and the supplier diversity night in May. How Exciting!!  The April breakfast meeting will include a networking breakfast followed by a brief business meeting and presentation by Carlos Fernandez from UPS. Next few months will contain various webinars from conflict management to strategic sourcing. The supplier diversity night introduces different organizations an opportunity to network with diverse suppliers. Deborah E. Collins, Consultant and Former Deputy County Administrator, Director, Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action is our Keynote speaker on the evening of May 1st.

ISM NJ strives in organizing various events and speakers to benefit ISM NJ members, students. We welcome your thoughts, suggestions on topics, speakers by visiting, so we can better service our ISM community.

With longer days, I am looking forward to spending more time committed towards my hobbies. It is very important to instill work-life balance in our daily lives. This allows individuals to diversify their time allowing them to perform optimally at work; while, spending quality time with family and friends.

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Women & Leadership Spotlight: Jackie Scott

Jackie Scott

“Artificial intelligence, data analytics, machine learning and the internet of things is profoundly reshaping the supply chain and reinventing the entire industry.  On October 26th and 27th, I’m looking forward to joining a stellar group of supply chain business leaders to discuss disruption, innovation, creativity and next level leadership at the ISMNJ Women & Leadership Conference.”

Jackie Scott is the Global Program Director of Executive Education at Rutgers Business School where she is responsible for the strategic and operational activities related to both professional and corporate education. She has developed a diverse international portfolio of Fortune 100 clients and has expanded Rutgers Business School Executive Education (RBSEE) offerings in North America, South America, Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, and Australia.  She leads the digitization and mobile deployment of all RBSEE custom programs and frequently consults with corporate clients on organizational change initiatives to enable technology and drive digital transformations.

You can find additional information and registration on our website:

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Women & Leadership Spotlight: Jami Bliss

“I’m looking forward to developing myself and my network at this great event!”

Jamie Bliss


 Jami Bliss is currently the Sr. Director, Program Management for Global Procurement at Teva Pharmaceuticals, responsible for Global Programs including Supplier Relationship Management, Supplier Diversity, Professional Development, Procurement Transformation, Integration’s and provides leadership across a multitude of other global initiatives. Jami’s previous experience includes various supply management roles at ConAgra Foods and HP. She has a B.S. in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State, an M.B.A from Creighton University, and holds both the CPSM (Certified Professional in Supply Management) and the CPSD (Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity. Jami resides in New Jersey with her husband, Dan, daughter, Emily, and son, Evan.

You can find additional information and registration on our website:

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Women & Leadership Spotlight

Jim Kelly                      James Kelly, C.P.M., CEO, JVKellyGroup, Inc.

James (Jim) Kelly is an innovative leader in supply chain management with more than 30 years of experience in sourcing and procurement.  Mr. Kelly has been successful using metrics to increase purchasing performance; process reengineering; change management; contract negotiation and supplier management.

“The ISM-NJ Women & Leadership Conferences have always produced meaningful insights. This year’s discussions will help you change your environment and help shape your ideas for the future.”

You can find additional information and registration on our website:

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Executive Message – October

Deborah_Augustus_crogged.jpg             Deborah Augustus, CPSM, C.P.M., A.P.P., President-Elect

I hope everyone enjoyed the last of their summer adventures as we move into the final quarter of the year.  Autumn has arrived, and school is back in full gear.  This is a great time of year to reassess your goals, both for learning and career aspirations.  ISM offers many opportunities to help in both these key areas of development.  Make sure you bookmark our new website as it has many tools to help you as you go about your day.

Be sure to join us for our October Breakfast meeting at the Olde Mill Inn/Grain House in Basking Ridge, NJ on October 6th.  Professor Eric Larson of the Rutgers Business School will be discussing Millennials – Must I “Re-train to Retain?”  We always engage in such thought-provoking discussions that early in the morning as the true professionals that we are.

Another October opportunity to participate in an ISM activity is our well received Women & Leadership Conference. This will be conducted on October 13th and 14th at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Conference Center in Florham Park, NJ.  All are welcome!!  Sign up now to be a part of this wonderful, engaging, and inspiring conference.  The Keynote Presentation is “Thriving in the Gap:  Dealing with the Reality while Building your Desired Future” with Karla Robertson.  This, plus many other topics, is why this conference is a favorite and well attended each year.

Here’s to another great month of networking, learning, and building on our own successes.  Stay connected to ISM through our many channels of communications: our website, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.  We are always available to assist you in navigating careers, projects, and networking.  All you have to do is reach out.  Your board members, as well as the rest of the membership, are here, anytime.    Make sure you get a chance to get out and enjoy the autumn weather before it’s gone.  And as always, thanks for being a part of this great organization!

President’s Blog

Tamra Pawloski 1  Tamra Pawloski, ISM-NJ President

Welcome to the 2016-2017 ISM-NJ year!!! Before I start this year’s executive message, I would like to take this time to thank all of the Board of Directors (BOD) for their time and efforts, our Executive Director for her dedication in our success, the Trustees for their advice and counsel, and to YOU the members for your participation and support without you we would not be truly one of the best affiliates ISM has!

In August, the BOD met to discuss our goals for this year and how we can improve the membership. We focused on membership, social media, and professional development.

Membership – We are look at ways to improve our offerings to the membership but need your help with ideas for growth. We will be looking to survey the membership on how we can improve. We also recognized the need to increase our efforts with our emerging professionals.

Social Media – During this meeting, Patti Singer from the Morris County Chamber of Commerce spoke to us about the use of social media and how to get “more traffic” to our sites and events. ISMNJ is on  Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter. Just go to our website at and click on the icons. Please join our sites if you haven’t already! We are also looking for anyone who would be interested in assisting us with our pages with blogs, inputs, etc. Please reach out to myself or Kathy Perna if you are interested.

Professional development – The Programs Committee has put together another really good year of speakers.  Our first meeting will be Wednesday September 21st at The Palace at Somerset Park.  The two pre-dinner forums will feature our New Membership Orientation which will be hosted by our Membership Committee and Sourcing Challenges in a Franchised presented by Rich Paliwoda and Terrence Gilliga .  Jackie Scott from Rutgers University will be speaking to us about Digital Transformation, which is a very “hot” topic in the technology world today. I look forward to seeing you all there!!!  In October, we have our Women in Leadership Conference on October 13th and 14th. The committee has been working diligently on providing another outstanding event. The theme is “Thriving in Transition”.  We continue to offer seminars and onsite training as well as we are looking to expand our webinar offerings. Please let us know what topics interest you.

I encourage you, as members, to take advantage of all your membership offers. Your professional development and networking are very important to your career path.

I look forward to seeing you at the meeting and events!!! If you need me or any other BOD, our information is provided on our website.