New Program Shines the Spotlight on Supply Chain’s “Rising Stars”

ThomasNet® and Institute for Supply Management® (ISM®) have launched an new initiative to honor supply chain’s young “rock stars.” The “30 Under 30 Rising Supply Chain Stars” Recognition program will spotlight thirty professionals who are thirty or younger, and are already making their mark on the profession.

ISM and ThomasNet are joining forces because of a major challenge ahead for the companies and institutions they serve in the industrial/commercial, public, and nonprofit sectors.

According to Mark Holst-Knudsen, President of ThomasNet, “This is a pivotal moment for the supply chain industry. The Baby Boomers who make up a large portion of the workforce are retiring, and making way for Millennials (18-32) to come in. By 2025, this generation will comprise about 75 percent of the workforce. They’re the key to our industry’s future, and the need to bring more of them into the fold, and keep them with us, is urgent.”

As MHI Solutions noted recently, a significant shortage of skilled professionals is prompting the supply chain industry to consider innovative ways to recruit and retain talent. The magazine also noted that sometime next year, those born from 1980 to 2000 will replace Baby Boomers as the largest generation in the workforce.

How the “30 Under 30” Program will Work
Through the “30 Under 30” program, and ISM will honor thirty young professionals from the U.S. and Canada whose initiative, collaboration, innovation, and/or leadership have led to notable accomplishments.

Examples include outstanding achievement, exceeding goals, or creating new processes. Nominees’ contributions to their companies, professional associations, and the industry at large will all be considered. All nominees must be thirty or younger as of December 31, 2014.

Nomination forms are available at, and the deadline is July 31. Please spread the word and nominate a rising star today.