ASA Insights
Jun. 23, 2016

ASA Leads Members on First-Ever Sacramento Fly-In
American Supply Association

From left to right: Bradford White's Eric Truskoski, California Assembly member Bill Quirk's Chief of Staff Tomasa Duenas and WHCI Plumbing Supply's John Mills discuss industry issues at last week's ASA Sacramento Fly-In.
Last week, manufacturer and distributor members of the American Supply Association embarked on their first foray into state policy-making. On the day that it was announced that California leap-frogged both Brazil and France as number six in economic might, small business owners in California were gearing up to take their message to members of the Senate and General Assembly in the Golden State.More

Prepare for the Challenges Ahead
American Supply Association
A labor study conducted in July 2015 identifies that 50 percent of our industry's workforce will retire by 2035. Your Business Will Drastically Change. Generational shifts and advances in technology will impact employee recruitment, training and retention. Younger employees will look to other industries with clearly defined career paths. If left unchecked, companies could face a significant gap in workforce.

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Learn How to Effectively Deal with 'The Blame Game' at NETWORK2016
American Supply Association

Michael Staver
When you arrive at the office each morning, you find yourself in a blame-free zone. Your team attacks projects proactively and with confidence. When a problem arises, everyone involved "owns it" and takes corrective action. And so it goes with every employee, in every department...and then you wake up. On Thursday, Sept. 29 at NETWORK2016 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, during internationally respected coach and speaker Michael Staver's General Session presentation Leadership Isn't for Cowards, he will cover how to handle the "Blame Game" and other issues simply and memorably and will present solutions that are immediately applicable within your firm. REGISTER NOW for NETWORK2016 and read more from Michael Staver here.More

Nominate Your Firm for Annual ASA Safety Awards
American Supply Association
The ASA Safety Committee's annual safety awards program was created to recognize those manufacturers and distributors with industry-best safety records. You work hard to not only comply with ever-changing rules and regulations, but also to provide a healthy and safe workplace for your employees and customers. The annual awards recognize those firms within the industry that have exemplary records of safety. Awards will be presented Sept. 28-30 at NETWORK2016 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Get the recognition your firm deserves and apply today!More

Move the Needle for Profitability in One Hour
American Supply Association
For 34 years, ASA's annual Operating Performance Report has served as the PHCP-PVF industry's basis for benchmarking individual company performance against typical and high-profit performers among selected industry segments and demographics. A free, one-hour webinar with Tom Noon, principal at Industry Insights, is scheduled on Wednesday, July 27, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern) / 10:30am (Pacific). More

Free ASA - UnleashWD Innovation Catalyst Kit - Available For Limited Time
American Supply Association
Looking to turbo-charge sustainable growth? Start with our free video-based Innovation Catalyst Kit.
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Official First Half Economy Appears Uninspiring (The Desert Sun)

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The 5 New Rules of Employee Engagement
It's the furtive glances as you approach, the crowd at the water cooler suddenly dispersing. Whispers and snickers during meetings. The staring at the floor as you pass in the hallway, the forced smiles. Is it all in your imagination? You might love your employees, or consider some of them friends — but you also wouldn't be doing your job if you didn't stop to wonder what they really think of you.

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