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As 2014 comes to a close, the American Supply Association would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of ASA Insights a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8. We look forward to serving the industry and our membership in 2015. ASA headquarters will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

NetworkASA, Better Year After Year
American Supply Association
After another successful NetworkASA, ASA has set the bar high for next year's annual convention in Chicago, Oct. 27-29. This year's event featured some big names along with industry experts making for a fantastic event at the luxurious Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. Those who were in attendance were able to enjoy Regis Philbin with his surprise guest Don Rickles, NFL's Jimmy Johnson and Seal Team Six's Robert O'Neill. All were entertaining as well as very informative and shed some light on the PHCP-PVF industry from a different perspective. ASA thanks everyone who was able to make it out this year, and stay tuned to see what we will have in store for next year in Chicago. See you then!
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Industry Leaders Continue to Drive Success, Growth
American Supply Association

IPD Chairman Jay Bazemore
discusses the division's plans
for 2014 at last week's
ASA Winter Meeting.

From Jan. 30: At ASA's annual winter meeting last week, 70 volunteer leaders representing ASA's various committees, executive councils and ASA's divisions were on hand to discuss strategic goals and objectives for the upcoming year. Strategic planning facilitation was led by 2014 ASA President John Strong. "This was a successful kickoff to the year for ASA," ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi said. "Not only did the group finalize our overall plans for 2014, but we also facilitated strategic planning sessions for our IPD, Plumbing and Young Executives divisions."

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Key Industry Group Releases Study on Growth in the Energy Supply Chain
American Supply Association
From Sept. 25: The Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance, which ASA is a member, released a report this week highlighting the broad reach of the energy supply chain and what it could achieve if we improved our energy policy. Specifically, from 2012 to 2025, energy supply chain jobs grow by almost a quarter of a million, from 524,000 to 757,000, jobs paying nearly 18% above the nation's median wage. As the report states "Oil and gas operators in the upstream, midstream, and downstream sectors share a symbiotic relationship with their immense network of suppliers. Suppliers benefit from the enormous investment required for the exploration, production, processing, and transport of oil and gas resources. And it is the suppliers of materials, capital equipment and services that complete the virtuous circle by enabling operators to commercialize otherwise inaccessible hydrocarbons." To read the full report, click here. Additional information can be found here and here.
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Answers to Questions about Compensation & Benefits
American Supply Association
From Oct. 16: Right about now, you're probably thinking about how your company's compensation package stacks up to against other distributors. Are you over or underpaying your employees? How about the management team? What benefits do other firms provide? The 2014 Executive & Employee Compensation Report will provide ASA member wholesalers with answers to these questions. So much has changed since the last report was released in 2010, and this report will provide you with valuable information that results in increasing your company's profitability. LEARN MORE
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Inaugural Women in Industry Event Exceeds Expectation!
Supply House Times

Women in Industry panelists address
attendees at last week's inaugural
From May 1: Word travels fast. This is especially true for the American Supply Association. It's also a very good thing for the organization's new Women in Industry group. When Katie Poehling of First Supply and Ashley Martin of NIBCO decided to start a group just for women in the plumbing industry through ASA, they were hopeful in their expectations. "We thought maybe 50 women would join, but we have more than 80 women attendees who have signed up for this event! It's amazing," Poehling said.

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ASA Political Action Committee
American Supply Association
From June 5: ASA's Political Action Committee is the PHCP/PVF industry's voice in our nation's political process and is your pipeline to the elected officials that impact the way you run your company. ASA PAC is the only political action committee that works solely to elect pro-PVF and PHCP candidates to the House and Senate. Through voluntary contributions from eligible executive and management employees of ASA member companies, ASA PAC supports candidates for Congress who are sympathetic to your concerns.
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