International Society of Hospitality Purchasers Elects McDonald to Board

NEW YORK, N.Y., March 19, 2002–The International Society of Hospitality Purchasers (ISHP) today announced that it has elected John McDonald to its board of directors for a two-year term. He is executive director of Business Development for Provisions, a part of Carlson Hospitality Worldwide.
“We are delighted to attract to our board someone of McDonald’s recognized professionalism and expertise,” said Alan Benjamin ISHP president. “In addition to a strong purchasing background, he adds balance to our board because of his corporate/brand experience, rather than being a member of an independent purchasing firm.”
McDonald replaces ISHP board member William Langmade, president of Purchasing Management International, who resigned from the board in January. In addition, ISHP announced the promotion of several board members. Moving up to replace Langmade as Executive Vice President of ISHP is ISHP board member David Shulman, partner of Project Dynamics; Ann Kline, vice president, Cendant Supplier Services, Inc., a division of Cendant Corporation, progresses to ISHP Vice President, Membership; and Jennifer Ramsey, president of Ramsey Purchasing moves to ISHP Secretary/Treasurer. Other current board members include: Daniel Hogan, publisher Hotels Michelle Finn, publisher Hospitality Design, Stacy Silver, publisher Hotel Business and Neil Locke, principle of Neil Locke & Associates, who also is ISHP past president.
McDonald joined Carlson Hospitality Worldwide in 1982, first working with Radisson Hotels, and has held a number of increasingly responsible operational and corporate positions. He is responsible for the company’s acquisition and management of hospitality procurement
projects for new construction and renovations throughout the Americas. He also oversees
private label and specialized purchasing services for independent customer groups, secures alliances with hospitality management companies and develops specialized procurement programs for Carlson affiliates and independent locations, which include hotels, resorts, vacation ownership properties, conference centers and country clubs. Additionally, he is a liaison with corporate owner, ownership entity and franchise operations.
ISHP, a non-profit organization, is composed of independent and corporate hospitality purchasing executives, who, as a group, spend approximately $3 billion annually in the hospitality industry. ISHP members’ common goal is to enhance the professionalism of hospitality purchasing by establishing high standards in ethics, efficiency, etiquette and education. In addition, the organization is involved in community service activities, concentrating on Camp Pacific Heartland, a national camp for children infected and affected by the AIDS virus. Since its founding in 1999, the organization has raised more than $170,000 for charitable causes.
ISHP qualifications include five consecutive years of purchasing experience, or three consecutive years purchasing history with 15 years industry experience. Independent purchasing agents must have served a minimum of five clients in the past year.
ISHP also announced that it will hold its next general meeting at the Hospitality Design show in Las Vegas, on May 2 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Expo Center. All hospitality purchasing professionals are invited to attend. Additional information about ISHP membership is available at the organization’s Web site, or by calling 303 530-3885, extension101.