Founded in 1982, ISM—EVA was initially created as the Purchasing Management Association of Tidewater (PMAT) for the education and advancement of purchasing professionals. In 1998, the name was changed to the National Association of Purchasing Management — Southeastern Virginia (NAPM—SEVA). This was done to match the parent association's, then current, name of National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM). NAPM changed their name in 2002 to become the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). In 2015 the local affiliate “rebranded’ again, this time as ISM–Eastern Virginia, Inc. (ISM—EVA). This change would link them to ISM and help others identify the strong link and dedication to the profession.