ASA Insights
Mar. 20, 2014

Still Time to Register for April Women in Industry Event
American Supply Association
ASA is hosting its first ever Women in Industry Spring Conference April 23-24 in Chicago. All women in the PHCP and PVF industry are invited to attend. The conference program will include a panel of accomplished women from the industry who will share experiences of how they built highly successful careers and rose to leadership roles within their respective organizations. Whether you are a woman who is a seasoned industry veteran or you are just getting started, we urge you to join us in Chicago for this very exciting program. View the full program brochure.More

Local Value Building a Stronger Industry
American Supply Association
On top of this week's Embassy Group and the upcoming WIT meeting, ASA staff members will hit the road especially hard this spring to visit both ASA members and member prospects throughout the Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. In addition ASA staff will travel throughout the Northeast and Midwest for All-Industry Hospitality Receptions in Boston, New York City, northern New Jersey, St. Louis, Kansas City and Minneapolis. All of ASA's independent regional affiliates will hold annual conference events this year — especially this May and June. What does all of this mean? Local value is building a stronger industry! Make plans to attend one or more of these valuable regional events, and visit ASA's Industry Calendar for more details about upcoming events near you!More

FREE April 2 ASA Webinar to Review OSHA Standards for Emergency Action Planning and Response
American Supply Association
Do you have questions regarding what to do in the event of an emergency such as a fire, bomb threat or explosion? Join OSHA Industrial Hygienist Supervisor Sven Rundman for a free ASA webinar on April 2 which will review OSHA standards and guidance related to emergency action planning and emergency response for all types of businesses.More

Industry CFOs to Address Everyday Challenges April 25 in Chicago
American Supply Association
Industry CFOs — Join your colleagues on Friday, April 25, at the Sheraton in downtown Chicago for a peer-to-peer networking event, CFO Challenges and RoadblocksHow to Move Past Them, a program designed to focus on everyday CFO issues. CFOs will learn from their peers what they are currently doing in terms of utilizing business tools, technology, e-commerce and strategic planning. Click here for more information. More

The Paralyzing Effects of Fear
American Supply Association
Business leaders everywhere report that the world and the environment in which PHCP and PVF distributors compete are changing at unprecedented rates. The technology explosion, demographic shifts, government regulations and influence, changing competitive environment and even geopolitical shifts all provide a degree of uncertainty like no other time. And it is in these times that we must have an unyielding focus on execution and innovation despite any fear that creeps in. Understand the five common fears that we all face and more importantly the actionable items we can use to turn these fears into positive and significant action.More

REMINDER: Supply House Times Premier 125 Distributors Survey Deadline March 21
American Supply Association
Attention PHCP wholesaler-distributors: BNP Media, publisher of Supply House Times, the official publication of the American Supply Association, is currently compiling information for their Premier 125 distributor issue, to be published in May. If you have not yet provided your firm's information via the online survey tool, you have until March 21 to do so. Sales figures are confidential and are not published. Companies are ranked by sales volume only within broad categories. Participate in the survey and contact Mike Miazga at for more details.More

Beschloss: Gulf Coast Set to Become Unexpected World-Class Liquefied Natural Gas Center
The Desert Sun
Although the Gulf Coast (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida Panhandle) is best known for oil refineries, tourism and offshore deep sea drilling, it's on the verge of becoming a global liquid natural gas center, and the U.S.'s chief launching pad for global exports. The current energy boom's expansion is in the process of building both "gas" liquefaction capacity, as well as providing multiple terminals for maximum exports all over the world.More

The 3 P's of Employee Terminations
By D. Albert Brannen
The vast majority of employment-related lawsuits follow the termination of an employee. Employers can minimize their legal liability by considering the "three P's" of employee terminations: people, procedures and paperwork.More