ASA Insights
Jul. 24, 2014

ASA University Introduces the New Master of Distribution Management Program
American Supply Association
The Master of Distribution Management Program is a Master's Certification Program that is a one of a kind offering. 100% industry focused, the curriculum was designed by industry experts and veterans so you receive the best the industry has to offer. The flexible approach to training gives candidates, employers and mentors the ability to work through the curriculum as work demands shift.More

ASA Executive Committee Looks Towards Future Growth
American Supply Association
This week, the ASA Executive Committee met in Chicago to map out the 2015 ASA Budget and new initiatives which will be presented to the full Board of Directors meeting in Las Vegas on Sept. 9. The volunteer leaders and staff discussed the need for an industry study to determine how to help lay out the magnitude of the PHCP and Industrial PVF distribution channel. With this information, the Execs are looking to effectively expand the branding and marketing efforts for the association, a more aggressive career recruitment effort for the industry, as well as maintain support from our plumbing partners with their skills development contest, and a greater, more visible, presence at the KBIS and Builders Show next year in Las Vegas. They continue to focus on strengthening the overall financial picture of the association while also expanding the value of membership and its core pillars.More

CFO Challenges and Roadblocks: A Roundtable Event
American Supply Association
The role of today's Chief Financial Officer is more complex than ever. CFOs are managing people, systems and technology infrastructure while at the same time facing regulatory scrutiny. Industry CFOs — join your colleagues for a peer-to-peer networking event designed to focus on your everyday challenges and learn from others what they are doing in terms of utilizing business tools, technology, e-commerce and strategic planning. This roundtable event is being held in conjunction with NetworkASA, YOUR industry convention.More

Backpacks, IBM, and Three Steps for Distributors to Lead Change
Companies don't change, people do. If you are the CEO or a line manager, here are three things you can do today, to begin creating a culture of change in your business; Cast your vision, over communicate, and surround yourself with "can do."More

Beschloss: Canada's Asia-Bound Pipelines Bump Up Against Provisional Hurdles
The Desert Sun
While Canada's federal government gave thumbs-up to Enbridge Inc.'s Northern Gateway Project, it seems to have run up against both environmentalist politicians and aboriginal native landowners in British Columbia, which it would have to cross to reach Southeast Asia-bound ports in Vancouver. This $7.3 billion project, which eclipses U.S.-bound Trans-Canada's Keystone XL oil pipeline in cost and complexity, must satisfy 209 conditions set out by Canada's main energy regulators, apart from the Federal Canadian government's go-ahead.More

Seven Earthquakes Shake Oklahoma in Two Days
In Oklahoma recently there were seven earthquakes. You read that right. Not tornadoes. Earthquakes. The most severe temblor registered 4.3 near Langston, the U.S. Geological Survey site showed, delivering a rumble to Logan County, north of Oklahoma City, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.More

Grassroots Anti-Fracking Initiative Pulled Due to Lack of Support
The Colorado Observer
The organizer of Initiative 75, the grassroots anti-fracking measure, announced that he has folded the statewide campaign after failing to collect enough signatures. In a letter to the Pagosa Daily Post, lead organizer Cliff Willmeng said supporters made "heroic efforts" to place Initiative 75 on the Nov. 4 ballot, but were not on pace to gather the requisite 86,105 valid signatures needed by the Aug. 4 deadline.More

Latest Housing Trends Reflect Larger Generational Shifts
By Michael J. Berens
Depending on who you want to believe, Americans either are continuing the recent trend of flocking to the cities or they are starting to migrate back to the suburbs. Both scenarios appear possible according to recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The reason? Improvements in the economy are aligning with major life-stage shifts in the adult population that impact housing choices. In other words, boomers are downsizing, Gen Xers are maturing, and millennials are looking for their first career jobs. The controversy over the census data boils down to which trend line you choose to emphasize.More