ISM-Houston has several distinct membership awards named in the honor our past members who excelled in their volunteer efforts to make our association what it is today.

In addition our Awards committee manages our supplier awards and certificate of appreciation programs.

Awards Committee

2016 – 2017 Awards Committee Chair:

David Allen, C.P.M.


Supplier of the Year

In February, ISM-Houston recognizes the Suppliers who have performed exceptionally in their realm of duties as a Supplier and should be recognized and appreciated for their efforts.

These awards are presented during the Supplier Trade Expo at our February General Meeting. Deadline for nominations is in late January.

2017 ISM Supplier of the Year Nomination Form (PDF)

Billie Jean Sommer Award

Mark Waddleton

Jetco Delivery

The Billie Jean Sommer, Outstanding New Member Award was awarded to Mark Waddleton at the general meeting in June 2016.

Established in 1988, the Billie Jean Sommer, Outstanding New Member Award was established to recognize an individual who has been a member of ISM-Houston, Inc. for less than two years and has accepted and retained a committee position for a minimum of 6 months, performing in an exemplary manner.

The Outstanding New Member Award honors the memory of Billie Jean Sommer who served as one of the first women presidents of our association during 1990-91.  Mrs. Sommer exemplified volunteerism and made significant contributions to the success of our affiliate. She is still remembered fondly by those who knew and served with her.

We congratulate Mark as this year’s recipient of The Billie Jean Sommer, Outstanding New Member Award.

Recipients of the Billie Jean Sommer Award

2015 – 2016  Mark Waddleton, MBA

2014 – 2015  Robert Davis, MBA

2013 – 2014  Ross Harvison

2012 – 2013  Talya Powers

2011 – 2012  David Flusberg, MBA

2010 – 2011  Ziba Mehra, CPSM

2009 – 2008  Filza Salim

2008 – 2009  Carleen Glasgow

2007 – 2008  Matthew Meyer

2006 – 2007  Phyllis Graham

2004 – 2005  Jami Coop

2003 – 2004  Jo Ann Prazak, C.P.M.

2002 – 2003  Steve Saunders, C.P.M.

2000 – 2001  Wayne Auzenne

1997 – 1998  Rachel Cummings

1996 – 1997  Becky Dorn

1995 – 1996  Rick Andrew

1994 – 1995  Debbie Newman

1993 – 1994  Linda Butler

1992 – 1993  Angela Laughlin

1991 – 1992  Mike Sheahan

1990 – 1991  Tom Kirwan

1989 – 1990  Kathy Silverberg, C.P.M.

1988 – 1989  Kimen Metzger, C.P.M.

James O. Cox Award

2015-2016 James O. Cox, Outstanding Member of the Year

Bob Engel

Engel Consulting, LLC

The James O. Cox, Outstanding Member Award was awarded to Bob Engel at the general meeting in June 2016.

The Outstanding Member of the Year Award was created in 1953 by the Purchasing Management Association of Houston—now ISM-Houston, Inc.—to recognize long standing members who continue to volunteer to help operate our organization while demonstrating superior leadership and managerial capabilities in achieving their assigned tasks.

In 1973 the award was renamed to honor James O. Cox who was a journalist and member of the Houston Purchasing Agents Association chronicling our growth for over 34 years. The award recognizes members who have performed exceptional service to ISM-Houston, Inc. exemplifying true professionalism both on the job and within the community.

James O. Cox, at age twenty-five, found himself in one of the most dynamic cities in America at the beginning of its growth. The times were challenging and opportune for a capable journalist. James O. Cox’s life was devoted to serving purchasing associations in this area, both by working with them and recording their activities along the burgeoning South Texas front.

His dedication never subsided. James O. Cox liked members of the Houston Purchasing Agents Association, and they liked him. It was a partnership that benefited everyone. James O. Cox chronicled both their growth and the growth of Houston for 34 years.

Never one for self-glorification, James O. Cox was interested in his friends and the group he served. Cox’s contribution to friends and colleagues far exceeded a mere chronicling of events. He gave them humor and encouragement, both by his written work and his gift of unifying people. Cox not only liked people, but wanted them to know and like each other. He broadened the horizons and friendships of hundreds of purchasers and suppliers in Houston’s industrial complex. He is remembered as the forerunner in unifying Houston businessmen and business women with one another. Cox shared a host of friends, many whom consider it an honor to have known James.


A nominee for the James O. Cox Award must be a regular member of NAPM-Houston, Inc. for a minimum of ten consecutive years, must have served either as a voting member of the Board of Directors for at least two consecutive years or been Chair of a committee or combination of committees for at least 3 years. If a voting board member, they must have attended at least 7 of 10 board meetings in the same year. A sitting President is not eligible for this award during their presidential year.

The nominee must have:

    a) Demonstrated leadership and managerial capabilities
    b) Performed their assigned tasks
    c) Attended a majority of the General Meetings
    d) Active in ISM-Houston activities

Please contact Dave Allen, the James O. Cox Nominating Committee Chair if you have any questions.

David Allen Email:

Recipients of the James O. Cox Award

2015 – 2016  Bob Engel, C.P.M.

2014 – 2015 David Allen, C.P.M.

2013 – 2014 Elayne Duncan

2012 – 2013 Jo Ann Prazak, C.P.M.

2011 – 2012 Kim Wren, A.P.P.

2010 – 2011 Mara L. Stanfield, C.P.M.

2009 – 2010 Sharon Brauner, C.P.M., A.P.P.

2008 – 2009 Michael P. Valant, C.P.M., A.P.P.

2007 – 2008 Edward M. Wahowski

2006 – 2007 Marian T. Nimon, M.B.A., C.P.M.

2005 – 2006 Linda A. Peterson, C.P.M., A.P.P.

2004 – 2005 William Gary Lyon, C.P.M.

2003 – 2004 Kathy E. Silverberg, C.P.M.

2002 – 2003 Kimen V. Metzger, C.P.M.

2001 – 2002 Laurie D. Oberhoff

2000 – 2001 Harold “Doc” Stelzer, C.P.M.

1999 – 2000 Dan Coleman, C.P.M.

1998 – 1999 Linda Butler

1997 – 1998 Richard S. Cantrell

1996 – 1997 Douglas R. Miller, C.P.M.

1995 – 1996 Sharon Malkovicz, C.P.M.

1994 – 1995 Camilia D. Ward

1993 – 1994 Earl B.Boykin

1992 – 1993 Rita C. Wardell, C.P.M.

1991 – 1992 Herb Koenig

1990 – 1991 Mark A. Langley, C.P.M.

1989 – 1990 James N. Batt, C.P.M., A.P.P.

1988 – 1989 Jackie Mohoan

1987 – 1988 Billie J. Sommer, C.P.M.

1986 – 1987 W. Allen Brumley, C.P.M.

1985 – 1986 Joseph G. Ginn, C.P.M.

1984 – 1985 Glenn W. Hudson

1983 – 1984 Donald W. McGee, C.P.M.

1982 – 1983 Betty Parnell

1981 – 1982 Max M. Marstrand, C.P.M.

1980 – 1981 P. Davis Harris, C.P.M.

1979 – 1980 George H. Stewart

1978 – 1979 Thomas C. Todd, C.P.M.

1977 – 1978 Errol D. Kramer, C.P.M.

1975 – 1976 Arnold L. Yauch, C.P.M.

1974 – 1975 Dan M. Brock, C.P.M.

1973 – 1974 Lee E. Elmore, C.P.M.

Recipients of the Outstanding Member of the Year Award ( Prior to the James O. Cox Award)

1971 – 1972 Buford Fendlason, C.P.M.

1970 – 1971 W. B. Kirkland

1969 – 1970 Joe F. Boydstrun

1968 – 1969 L. Milton Ladish

1967 – 1968 Andre Lesarte

1966 – 1967 William E. Gaddis

1964 – 1965 L. E. LaGesse

1963 – 1964 Haylett O. Neill, Jr

1962 – 1963 A. Gordon Jones

1961 – 1962 T. E. Porter

1960 – 1961 Junius F. Estill, Jr.

1959 – 1960 A. J. Sisto

1958 – 1959 A. L. Sweitzer

1957 – 1958 Roy Stockton

1957 Cecil Galbraith

1956 Frank L. Scott

1955 Gene Walker

1954 John F. Forian

1953 Paul W. Berry

Arnold L. Yauch Award

2016 Arnold L. Yauch, Achievement of Excellence Award

Marion Nimon, C.P.M.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

In the early 1980’s NAPM-Houston, Inc. established the Arnold L. Yauch Scholarship Fund and presented the first Arnold L. Yauch Achievement of Excellence Award to long-time member and Association Secretary/Treasurer Arnold L. Yauch, C.P.M.

The award recognizes individuals who previously received the James O. Cox Award and/or served as President of ISM-Houston, Inc. and whose subsequent contribution has far exceeded succeeding norms of service.

Rather than being presented annually, this award is given when a particular individual deserves such recognition. The number of recipients are few thereby demonstrating the prestige upon which this award is presented.

Criteria for consideration when nominating a member for this award includes an “elder statesman” type quality, particularly with regard to number of years served, types of positions held, respect of the membership, accomplishments, level of participation, and leadership qualities.

Arnold L. Yauch Achievement of Excellence Recipients

2016 Marian Nimon, C.P.M.

2009 Edward M. Wahowski

2004 Sharon Malkovicz, C.P.M.

2001 Douglas R. Miller, C.P.M.

1997 Lee E. Elmore, C.P.M.

1996 Earl D.Cornelson, C.P.M.

1990 Arnold L. Yauch, C.P.M.