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

2022 – 2023 Awards Committee Chair:

Rose Berberian, MBA, CPSM, CMRP


Supplier of the Year

Space City Distribution was awarded Supplier of the Year for 2021 -2022. Congratulations and thank you for your continued support!

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.

ISM Supplier of the Year Nomination Form (PDF)

Previous Supplier Of The Year Winners

2019-2020 - JW Wood, Inc.

2018-2019 - Stewart Organization

2017-2018 - Turner Industries Group, LLC

2016-2017 -Metromarketing Services Inc.

2015 - 2016 TNT Crane & Rigging, Inc.

2014-2015 Brawner Paper Company

Billie Jean Sommer Award

The Billie Jean Sommer Outstanding New Member Award was awarded to Barbara Jackson at the general meeting in June 2020. Congratulations Barbara!

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 Barbara Jackson as this year’s recipient of The Billie Jean Sommer Outstanding New Member Award.

Recipients Of The Billie Jean Sommer Award

2019 - 2020    Barbara Jackson

2018 – 2019    John Atasie

2017 – 2018    Aigerim Zimmerman

2016 – 2017    Kelley Crawford

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

2019 - 2020 James O. Cox, Outstanding Member of the Year

Joseph P. Gallagher, MBA, CPSM, C.P.M. Mr. Gallagher is Director, Global Global Supply Chain, Apache Corp.

The James O. Cox Outstanding Member Award was awarded to Joseph P. Gallagher at the general meeting in June 2019. Congratulations Joseph!

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 ISM-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 Rose Berberian, the James O. Cox Nominating Committee Chair if you have any questions.

Rose Berberian Email:

Recipients Of  The James O. Cox Award

2018 – 2019    Edward M. Lewis

2017 – 2018    Sheila Smith

2016 – 2017    Gail Fuselier

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 Yhe 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

2019 Arnold L. Yauch, Achievement of Excellence Award

David Allen

Shell Oil Contracting & Procurement (Retired)

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

2019     David Allen, C.P.M.

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.