ASA Insights
May. 15, 2014

NetworkASA 2014 Early-Bird Registration Deadline Approaching
American Supply Association
This year's annual convention will continue to provide great learning and networking opportunities, as well as some fantastic speakers and forecasting insight for 2015. We will have FOX NFL Sunday's Jimmy Johnson, Seal Team Six's Robert O'Neill, ITR Economics' Alan Beaulieu, Weldbend's Speaker TBA (stay tuned for next weeks' ASA Insights!), and more. Don't miss out on your chance to save on your registration fee. Registrants who sign up before June 1 will save $150. Make sure to mark your calendars and REGISTER NOW for Sept. 9-11 for NetworkASA 2014 in Las Vegas!

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FREE ASA Members-Only Webinar May 29 Featuring Alan Beaulieu
American Supply Association
Last Spring, ASA conducted its very first Members-Only Industry Forecasting Webinar featuring Alan Beaulieu. Alan discussed a rapidly changing residential market, improving commercial and industrial sectors, volatility in availability of stable energy pricing and greater uncertainty in Fed policies. He also advised ASA members as to how various market segments were doing, which ones were emerging and when it would be advisable to invest on expanding their businesses. On Thursday, May 29, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Alan will present a similar webinar, FREE to ASA MEMBERS, which will contain up-to-the-minute forecasting information geared specifically to the industry. If you have been a participant in any of Alan's webinars, been part of either of the Industry Forecasts at NetworkASA, or read the monthly ASA Advisor industry publication, you know just how valuable Alan's information is to operating your business. If you have not participated, now is the time to start. To register, please contact Ladelia Berger, lberger@asa.net, or call 630-467-0000, ext. 208.More

Looking to Further Develop Your Career as a CEO?
American Supply Association
Recently developed by ASA exclusively for the industry CEO or emerging leader, ASA's Advanced Executive Leadership Program is a mix of thought-provoking webinars, an immersion in finding innovation for your company through the 2014 UnleashWD Summit and intense peer-to-peer experience sharing found in our newly created CEO Growth Forum. The overall program is available to CEOs and emerging industry leaders through a special bundled discount price (save $1,200), or each session can be accessed separately. View complete program information here and contact Mike Adelizzi at 630-467-0000, ext. 201, for further details.More

Building a Team of Innovators
UnleashWD
Innovation does not occur alone. Even the most dedicated and brilliant innovators such as Steve Jobs needed a team of individuals to produce great new innovative products and services. Here is some practical advice to surround yourself with those who will help you drive change and innovation.More

Beschloss: Global Oil Output Increasingly Endangered by Geopolitical Troubles
The Desert Sun
As world crude oil demand is expected to increase by 50% from the current 90 million barrels per day by 2030, the current supply/usage balance is becoming increasingly endangered by the most recent geopolitical disturbances. These confrontations are weighing against the mostly Western leading developed nations (U.S., Japan, U.K., Germany) still heavily dependent on oil from OPEC, and in the case of Europe, natural gas from Russia.More

New Corrosion Technology Could Save Time, Money and Lives
By Curtis Fease
Corrosion can cause issues for virtually any company with equipment. From infrastructure development, transportation, chemical processing and even water systems, the threat of corrosion is ever-present. In some situations, unchecked corrosion can lead to catastrophic accidents. This is why it's essential to be proactive about preventing corrosion, especially when it comes to underground degradation. Fortunately, a new technology being developed in Australia is making early detection far simpler.More

MAPI Business Outlook: Manufacturing Finds its Footing
Modern Materials Handling
Despite some concerns with current business conditions, near-term prospects for the manufacturing sector look bright, according to the quarterly Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation Business Outlook.More