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Eugene Ruff-Wagner receives ISM Volunteer of the Year Award

Eugene Ruff-Wagner (10244) recently received the Volunteer Person of the Year Award at the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) 96th Annual International Supply Management Conference and Education Exhibit at Orlando, Fla.

Founded in 1915, the Institute for Supply Management is the largest supply management association in the world. Its mission is to lead the supply management profession through its standards of excellence, research, promotional activities, and education. ISM is a not-forprofit association that provides opportunities for promotion of the profession and the expansion of professional skills and knowledge.

Eugene is the immediate past president of the National Association of Purchasing Management – New Mexico (NAPM-NM), the local ISM affiliate. Through his participation on the board of directors of NAPM-NM Eugene has been instrumental in presenting creative organizational outreach events for NAPM.

Recently he introduced a new event, a Lunch and Learn for new hires at Sandia. “This new event provided attendees with information about ISM, including membership, seminars, and educational meetings,” says Nora Armijo (10221), a fellow NAPM board member.

 Eugene participates in almost every aspect of the affiliate’s activities, supporting board members. At a recent Southwest Supply Chain Forum held in Albuquerque, Eugene brought his modern country band to provide entertainment. As a volunteer, his message is consistent: “We must focus on the mission of ISM and strive to produce beyond expectations.”

“His unassuming style sometimes is deceiving,” says Nora. “NAPM-NM is strengthened and encouraged through Eugene’s visibility leadership, talent, passion, humility, devotion, humor, and wisdom in professional development, which have boosted NAPM-NM’s success over the years.

Eugene has figured out how to balance his family, work, extracurricular interests, and support professional development because of his passion for all.” Eugene was nominated for this award by NAPM-NM for his dedication to ISM.