ASA Insights
Oct. 25, 2012

NetworkASA 2012 a Knockout!
American Supply Association
Buoyed by overflow crowds at nearly every event, the American Supply Association's annual conference, NetworkASA 2012: OWN IT – Your Company, Your Industry, Your Future, was once again an overwhelming success. As has been the case in previous years, the 2012 event received extraordinarily high marks from attendees. From headline events such as the A.O. Smith Future Trends Luncheon with Steve Forbes, the Plumbing Industry Educational Forum & Breakfast brought to you by Kohler, and the Weldbend IPD Breakfast featuring legendary boxer and businessman George Foreman, to the always popular educational sessions and Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments, attendees experienced captivating events that far exceeded all expectations.More

F.W. Webb President Jeff Pope Named ASA 2013 President
Industrial Distribution
F.W. Webb Company, a large supplier of plumbing, heating, cooling and industrial products in the Northeast, earned special recognition recently as company President Jeff Pope was named President of the American Supply Association. Pope is ASA's 44th president and will officially begin his term on Jan. 1, 2013. As president, Pope will focus on developing the association in four key areas: benchmarking, networking, advocacy and education.More

FREE Safety Webinar Next Week: Operator Up Lift Truck and Aerial Platform Safety
American Supply Association
Working on elevated surfaces can be very dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. In fact, falls from elevated surfaces are one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities. Many of these falls occur due to improper use of safety gear, faulty equipment or improper training. Maintenance workers using aerial work platforms such as scissor lifts and boom lifts and those who use operator up lift trucks such as order pickers and swing reaches are especially at risk. The ASA Safety Committee will be hosting a FREE online webinar regarding the do's and don'ts of operator up lift trucks and aerial work platforms next week on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. Eastern.More

ASA Members Recognized for Achievements in Workplace Safety
American Supply Association
From left: Alan Lipp, Merit Brass; TJ
Arenberg, Columbia Pipe & Supply; and
Jim Hilfinger, NIBCO INC. Not pictured:
J.O. Galloup
Ricky Bryant, Corporate Compliance Manager at NIBCO INC. and Chairman of the ASA Safety Committee, recently presented ASA's inaugural Member Safety Recognition Awards at NetworkASA 2012 in Orlando, Fla. The awards were created to increase the awareness of the importance of safety in the PHCP and PVF industry, and to recognize the members that had the lowest incident rate of nonfatal injuries and illnesses throughout the previous year. More
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MwDA Annual Meeting & Dinner on Monday, Nov. 12
American Supply Association
The Midwest Distributors Association (MwDA) will host its 2012 Annual Meeting & Dinner on Monday, Nov. 12, at Ditka's Restaurant in Oak Brook Terrace, Ill. The evening will begin at 5 with a cocktail reception, and dinner will be served at 6. Rex Martin, chairman and CEO for NIBCO INC., will be the featured speaker, and the election of officers and directors for 2013 will follow. All MwDA members as well as channel partners from throughout the Midwest are strongly encouraged to participate. Click here for complete details; the deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, Nov. 7.More

Registration Now OPEN for 2013 University of Industrial Distribution
American Supply Association
Registrations are now being accepted for the 2013 University of Industrial Distribution. Held March 10-13 in Indianapolis, UID is a four-day institute that offers superb concentrated learning and excellent peer-to-peer networking. With distribution-specific seminars covering sales, finance, management, leadership, personnel productivity, and more presented by recognized experts in the field of wholesale distribution, the UID has become this industry's most popular training resource. The program provides an excellent opportunity to align the development plans for your management and management candidates with excellent learning opportunities. There is limited enrollment and space fills quickly so register early!More

ASA Members Share Strategic Pricing Results
American Supply Association
On Thursday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. Eastern, you are invited to learn how two ASA member distributors evolved from a culture of undisciplined and reactive pricing practices to a more strategic approach, and how this change impacted their margins. Panelists Chris Bohn from APR Supply and Larry McMullin from Harry Cooper Supply will discuss how Strategic Pricing Associates can help ASA members to increase margins by 2 to 4 points and improve pricing discipline. Click here to learn more and to register online today.More

ASA Straw Poll Indicates Major Voter Landslide Victory for Romney
The Desert Sun
Morris Beschloss writes, "At the recent American Supply Association Convention, a presidential straw poll indicated an overwhelming election victory for Gov. Mitt Romney. Of the 600-plus registrants, 200 voted in the straw poll. The count was 186-15 in Romney's favor. Although this poll was not scientific by any means, it did prove what my long-term analysis has projected for weeks: that small businesses, especially, consider the Obama administration hostile to their aspirations, cost of doing business, and their intent of hiring additional personnel."More