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February 18, 2016

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ASA Leadership Looks to Expand Member Ability
American Supply Association

John Welles (Apollo Valves) presents his breakout
group's suggested plan and adjustments to the
strategic goals for the next few years.
Last week, more than 70 volunteer leaders representing ASA's various committees, executive councils and special interest divisions met at the ASA’s Winter Leadership Meeting to discuss strategic goals and objectives that will continue to expand the association’s role and value to the industry. "Each year, this meeting is a great catalyst for advancing our ability as a national trade association and is always a great opportunity for the volunteer leaders to roll up their sleeves and jump in," said ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi, "Not only did we finalize the overall objectives for 2016, but leadership looked at expanding the role and value of ASA’s business intelligence and forecasting, impacting codes and standards, as well as engaging more of the industry in advocacy.” ASA and its members look forward to another strong year and a potential 5th consecutive year of net membership growth.
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Answers to Your Questions About Compensation & Benefits
American Supply Association
This month, ASA and its independent regional affiliates are conducting a comprehensive executive and employee compensation survey. This is the first time since 2014 that this kind of data will be available for the PHCP and industrial PVF wholesale-distribution channel. Data collection is underway and will continue thru February 29th, and ALL wholesaler members will receive a copy of the final report in exchange for having completed the survey questionnaire - at no fee.
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The Undereducated Workforce: Plenty of Jobs — Too Few Workers
The Gordon Report
Does the 4.9 percent U.S. unemployment rate of January 2016 show a continuing jobs recovery? Many Americans don't think so. They feel themselves victims of mass unemployment in the midst of a continuing recession. Currently, 95 million Americans have given up looking for a job. Of these, 45 million are capable of being employed, including 6 million retirees who still want to work. Also, there are 20 million people working part-time who are seeking full-time employment. Americans are confused, worried, and angry about this. They know that the U.S. economy is not working for them as it once was, and they don't understand why.
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ASA's Career Day Kit is Here. What are You Waiting For?
American Supply Association
ASA has all of the resources that you need to effectively attend a Career Fair and recruit the next generation of employees. Take advantage of ASA’s Career Day Kit, which contains all of the materials you will need and are available to members at no-cost. This includes industry specific brochures, a pop-up banner, a how-to-guide for career fairs, and giveaways.

These tools will make your career fair booth stand out as well as arm you with the materials and information to get the most out of your career fairs. ASA is currently searching for upcoming career fairs in your area, but don’t wait for us! Contact your local high schools, community and technical colleges, and military bases for their upcoming fair information.

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Online Sales Tax Supporters Hope Gamble Pays Off
The Hill
Supporters of online sales tax legislation have been promised a vote in the Senate this year, but the timing is vague and House consideration is uncertain. To secure consideration of the online sales tax bill known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, advocates traded away one of their major bargaining chips by allowing a separate long-term ban on local Internet access taxes to go forward. There is no guarantee the tactic will pay off amid a condensed election-year schedule, but advocates are bullish, nonetheless. And they are putting pressure on the House to deliver.
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ASA-U Reporting Tools Session II
ASA University can help you easily manage your training program! To take advantage of these resources, join us for ASA-U Reporting Tools Session II. We will be continuing the demonstration on reporting tools available to training administrators in this upcoming webinar. In Session II the focus will be on effectively using these tools at your disposal to keep track of your employees’ progress throughout their training. REGISTER NOW

If you missed ASA-U Reporting Tools Session I, you can view the recorded version HERE.


Developing Positive Relationships at Work
It's no secret that the aim of every organization is to hire the best talent. But when it comes to success in the workplace, Ivy League degrees and decades of professional experience are of no use if individuals fail to develop and maintain healthy relationships. In other words, when the people in your organization can't work together and "play nice," business is bound to suffer. Developing Positive Relationships is the positive learning experience your organization needs to ensure that individuals unite around a common mission, value diversity, rise above personal slights, take responsibility, and cultivate an environment based on trust. READ MORE


"We believe ASA provides the industry with a means for advocacy and education. My company and I want to have an impact on this industry so we are going to be an engaged member of ASA."Robb Grim, InSinkErator
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ASA Welcomes Maria Marchesi, CMP
American Supply Association
The American Supply Association is pleased to announce that Maria Marchesi, CMP, has joined the staff as Director of Meetings & Events. With more than 10 years of experience working at a top-tier hotel, an association management company, a prominent medical association and a leading university, Maria understands all aspects of directing and managing ASA’s multi-faceted meetings and events operation as well as cultivating and maintaining relationships with members, volunteer leaders and Supplier Partners.
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Young Professionals Collaborate for Success
American Supply Association
The Chairman of the Young Executives Division, Rogers Earl Jr., attributes a lot of his success in the industry to the YE's and the annual Spring Forum. "The YE Spring Forum’s educational aspect has provided me with the skill set necessary for my advancement from project manager, to branch management, and to my current position as CEO. The relationships I’ve made at the YE Spring Forum have helped me to navigate the company through the recession as well as taught me how to strategize, communicate with others, and stay focused on the end goals. Without these relationships and valuable education, I would still be a project manager at Valley Supply Company." REGISTER NOW
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Industry Women Connect in Chicago
American Supply Association
The ASA Women in Industry Division (WII) is focused on empowering women and providing them with the opportunity to connect – through education, information and engagement. The ASA Women in Industry Spring Conference will provide you with strong educational sessions. Hear from some very accomplished and powerful women who will offer their insight and vision to help boost participant confidence and ability to succeed. Whether you are a seasoned veteran already making your mark in this diverse industry or just getting started, we urge you to join us in Chicago, April 27-29, for this very exciting program.
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UID Starts Next Month, Registration Ends Friday
American Supply Association
ASA University is now offering a $100 Rebate for all first time UID attendees who are members of ASA. Hurry, space is limited! The University of Innovative Distribution is a concentrated educational program focused on the unique needs of the wholesale distribution industry. Known worldwide for excellence in education, UID is sponsored by the leading distribution professional associations, in cooperation with the Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation of Purdue University. REGISTER NOW

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How to Motivate Millennials, by Millennials
Much has been written about millennials. They are entitled. They are fickle. They are sell-outs. At times, these are described as their good traits. Regardless of how you feel about millennials, however, they are coming of age, entering the workforce and will eventually become our future business leaders and managers. Because of this, older generations of managers need to better understand what makes millennials tick. READ MORE

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