ASA Insights
Sep. 15, 2016

ASA Appointed to the ASHRAE 62.1 Technical Committee
American Supply Association
In an effort to be fully engaged in the Codes arena, the American Supply Association (ASA) is proud to announce that ASA will serve as a voting member in the development of ASHRAE 62.1 (Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality) standard. Hugo Aguilar, ASA’s Director of Codes & Standards, has been appointed to represent ASA as a full Committee voting member. The ASHRAE 62.1 standard is a nationally recognized approved American National Standard (ANSI). The standard specifies the minimum ventilation rates and other measures for new and existing buildings. Aside from ventilation rates, the standard also addresses system and equipment provisions such as variable air volume (VAV) systems, sensors, ducts and drain pans. More

ASA Calls on Congress to Address Workforce Development Needs
American Supply Association
As Congress winds down its business for 2016, construction and supplier groups like ASA wrote to House leaders to turn their attention to workforce development. Specifically, the groups called on Congress to pass the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (HR 5587). Bipartisan legislation that reforms, modernizes, and reauthorizes the Carl D. Perkins Act. By restoring near-term certainty to federal transportation programs and tax policy through passage of the FAST and PATH Acts in late 2015, Congress has set the stage for growth in construction, manufacturing, and business purchasing.More

Fresh, Ground Copper?
ASA Materials Market Digest©
According to ScienceDaily, researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that copper plays a key role in metabolizing fat, which is potentially helpful to reducing obesity. Before you go sprinkling the red metal on your salad, corrosion from copper plumbing pipe is known to leave a slight, bitter, medicinal taste to the water, and according to some health officials, when copper gets around 50 times more than 1.3 milligrams per liter, it can lead to stomach cramps and other health issues. However, this latest research suggests that in teeny-tiny doses, if copper doesn’t kill us, it can make us stronger. Visit MY ASA for the latest and archived installments of ASA’s Materials Market Digest©.More

Holdrite

HOLDRITE is excited to offer their newest course, No-Hub Fitting Restraints, in ASA-U. Enroll now to learn more about these restraints that support joints from separation of both longitudinal movements and diagonal misalignment, or check out their other course offerings!More

ASA University Introduces New Online Sales Courses

ASA University is pleased to announce that four new Sales Courses are complete and available online in our store. These courses include the following:

These Sales courses provide an in-depth learning experience aimed at transforming your sales force into true professionals who are prepped and ready for any challenge. LEARN MOREMore

I AM ASA

“The opportunity to belong to a group that advocates and educates our industry on the highest levels is extremely valuable. The networking at group meetings and remarkable keynote speakers are also big contributors to why we are ASA members. Where else can you get all of that in one place?”Sheri Newman, Lion Plumbing Supply

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Finance Council Event: Advanced Controller and CFO Skills
American Supply Association
Join us as we hear an industry expert explain the critical skills that today's CFO's need to add value to their organization. This presentation will help you in determining how to become a powerful agent for positive change and coach for your team. Learn how to develop measurable missions and strategies and develop a tailored action suitable for your specific needs. The presenter will be Ronald Kral, CPA, CMA, CGMA, who is the managing partner of Candela Solutions, LLC, a public accounting firm with a national focus on governance, SEC compliance and internal auditing. The event will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 10, 2016. MORE INFO & REGISTRATIONMore

Creating a Dead Stock Plan
American Supply Association
For the wholesaler-distributor, dead stock just happens. It tends to be one of the most universal challenges in our industry. Many of us take half-hearted stabs at reducing the amount – usually in times of low cash flow. What we really need is a plan of action to turn these captive dollars into investable cash. Join the Operations & Logistics Networking Council and Jason Bader on Tuesday, October 4 for a free webinar where participants will learn how to identify their current dead inventory, prevent new streams of dying product and create a long term strategy to unlock trapped cash. REGISTER NOWMore

Boards for Distributors
American Supply Association
More distributors are looking at the value of establishing a Board of Directors to gain perspective and fresh ideas from outside the company. Whether it’s a formal board or one that is more advisory in nature, a board can assist your team in stepping back and focus on higher level goals and vision. On Thursday, October 27, ASA’s CEO Peer Networking Council will host a webinar entitled Boards for Distributors: The Value of Utilizing a Board of Directors to Advance Your Distributor Business. During this webinar, you will learn the value of implementing a Board of Directors, if your Board should be a formal fiduciary Board or an advisory non-formal Board, what your board make-up should include, and how to get started and select an effective board. REGISTER NOWMore

Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss
American Supply Association
This week's news: R&D Leadership Generates Economic Progress

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Employee Retention — How to Retain Employees
The Wall Street Journal
Hiring employees is just a start to creating a strong work force. Next, you have to keep them. High employee turnover costs business owners in time and productivity. Try these tactics to retain your employees.

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