ASA Insights
Apr. 28, 2016

ASA to Congress: Prioritize Skills and Craft Trade Education
American Supply Association
The volunteer leaders of the American Supply Association (ASA) along with its Government Affairs Committee have long identified the PHCP-PVF industry’s declining workforce as a priority we all must meet head on. With the successful passage of a pair of infrastructure bills by Congress, it is clear that one of the few things that Washington can agree upon is the improvement of our infrastructure. While a positive development, ASA and others in the construction and trades industries recently wrote leaders of Congress; alerting them to the reality that the various construction and distribution industries continue to experience shortages, requiring their attention to make career technical education a priority.More

Plumbers Factory & Supplies' Chris Reynolds is Ready to Help Take Industry into Next Phase
Supply House Times
Chris Reynolds, of Columbus, Ohio-based Plumbers Factory & Supplies (ASA), knows the PHCP industry has a glaring problem staring at it. “Not only is our customer base aging, so is our workforce, and it is up to individual companies with help from the American Supply Association to inform young candidates of the incredible opportunities in our industry,” he says. “Successfully attracting the next generation of young, capable and credible distributors is a challenge, but it’s also paramount to the success of the industry.” However, one hurdle that has become a common refrain throughout the industry in recent years is demonstrating the true benefits of a PHCP-PVF career.More

Represent YOUR Industry in California this June
American Supply Association
The time has come, to no longer stand aside while laws and regulations in an economy as large as California are continually passed often to the detriment to the PHCP-PVF industry and small business. Our industry plays a significant role in the use of water in California, and therefore should have a significant voice. That voice is YOU and the time is NOW. Join industry leaders in Sacramento on June 15-16 as we engage this critical state and educate policymakers on our essential role in California and the country. More

Meet the Pros: You Have Questions About Topics Affecting Your Business, We Have Answers
American Supply Association
Our “Pros” are industry executives who have years of knowledge and experience, and we are gathering together a group of them for one-on-one interaction. Attend this session, and you can engage in conversation, roundtable style, to hear the latest on topics that affect your business. This unique and valuable interaction helps you get the answers to the questions/situations you might be facing on many different topics and provide takeaways that can help you in your business. With the early bird deadline less than one month away, NOW is the time to register for NETWORK2016.

This One Thing Can Make All the Difference
Industrial Careers Pathway (ASA Careers Partner)
As both Millennials and Gen Z grow up and join the workforce, there is one word that comes up repeatedly concerning their recruitment and retention: culture. Company culture is more important than ever, as younger generations are postponing marriage and children, making their careers a priority. Employers across the nation are evolving their company culture to not only attract younger employees, but retain them as well. According to a recent article written by Lauren Dixon about soon-to-be college graduate, Erica Sobecki, schools are now teaching students the importance of finding a company culture they want to join. ACTION STEP: Ask your current employees to describe your current company culture. Use their evaluations to make changes that will attract the new generation of employees. More

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Oil Price Crash Endangers Commodity Dependent Nations (The Desert Sun)

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to USA Today for a full archive of past articles.More

7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs
Harvard Business Review
Making the right investments in learning and development programs has never been more important – or more of a challenge – for business leaders. Unfortunately, despite spending approximately $164.2 billion dollars on learning and development programs, many executives still grapple with how to improve and enhance their effectiveness. As research shows, the need to revamp and improve learning programs is an important concern among HR executives.

Want help developing your own training program? Go to ASA-U Advisory Service today for more information.More

Clean Water Crisis Threatens U.S.
The Hill
The United States is on the verge of a national crisis that could mean the end of clean, cheap water. Hundreds of cities and towns are at risk of sudden and severe shortages, either because available water is not safe to drink or because there simply isn’t enough of it. The situation has grown so dire the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence now ranks water scarcity as a major threat to national security alongside terrorism. More