Forbes, Foreman and Forecasting Highlight NetworkASA 2012 Matalin and Carville, Woodward Confirmed for 2013 NetworkASA 2012: OWN IT – Your Company, Your Industry, Your Future was held Oct. 17-20 at the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Buoyed by overflow crowds at nearly every event, the American Supply Association’s annual conference was once again an overwhelming success. “Overall, the seminars and speakers were the best we had in many years,” “Very timely speakers and topics,” and “Great lineup” were among the many positive comments collected by ASA staff in a post-event survey. Steve Forbes drew a capacity crowd to the A.O. Smith Future Trends Luncheon. 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 featuring Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer, the Weldbend IPD Breakfast featuring legendary boxer and businessman George Foreman and the always popular educational sessions and wholesaler and vendor conference appointments, attendees experienced captivating events that far exceeded all expectations. A full plate of prescheduled meetings made for a busy Thursday afternoon during the wholesaler and vendor conference appointments. Featured during the ASA Annual Meeting & Member Lunch was a presentation on ASA University’s Advisory Services initiative, an enhanced educational offering tailored specifically toward the training needs of industry companies and their employees. New this year was the 2013 industry forecast session where Alan Beaulieu, one of the country’s most informed economists, provided attendees with a blueprint of what they can expect from the PHCP and PVF industry over the next several years. “Attendees were treated to an absolute home run in terms of variety, a jam-packed schedule of events and the amount and quality of information that was taken back to their places of business,” ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi said. “We are already looking forward to NetworkASA 2013, to be held Oct. 2-5 at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Downtown. The event promises to bring even more of the great industry buzz that we have experienced over the last several years.” Already confirmed for NetworkASA 2013 for theA. O. Smith Future Trends Luncheon are husband and wife duo Mary Matalin and James Carville. Matalin and Carville will give the audience an enlightening and entertaining look at today’s most important political issues as well as a behind-the-scenes look at Washington D.C., in general. Also confirmed for the Plumbing Industry Educational Forum & Breakfast, brought to you by Kohler, is Bob Woodward, regarded as one of America’s preeminent investigative reporters and nonfiction authors. Please refer to the homepage at www.asa.net for the most up-to-date information regarding NetworkASA 2013, and contact ASA’s Ruth Mitchell at 630/467-0000, ext. 210 for further event details. Supply House Times to Highlight Leading Distributors for Third Consecutive Year Beginning with the January 2013 issue of Supply House Times, six prominent ASA distributor members will once again be featured in a twopart, in-depth interview. ASA and Supply House Times partnered to facilitate the interview panel during NetworkASA 2012 in Orlando in order to bring the industry valuable and relevant information to better prepare for the coming year. Interview participants are (pictured clockwise from left) Barry Portnoy (Aaron & Company, Piscataway, N.J.), Chris Fasano (Torrington Supply, Waterbury, Conn.), Jay Hults (Progressive Plumbing Supply, Warren, Mich.), Steve Cook (Northeastern Supply, Baltimore), Bob Miodonski (Supply House Times), Ryan Tracy (Dakota Supply Group, Aberdeen, S. D.) and Dottie Ramsey (Modern Supply, Knoxville, Tenn.) LEGISLATIVE ALERT ASA Applauds Introduction of Metal Theft Prevention Act of 2012 ASA thanks U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) And U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) for their introduction of S. 3631, the Metal Theft Prevention Act of 2012. Deterring metal theft, specifically copper, has been a key priority for the PHCP and PVF industry and ASA appreciates the senators’ leadership in this critical, yet under-addressed area of crime prevention. “Copper theft is a pervasive, opportunistic crime which poses a risk to public safety, communication, transportation and construction sites, and is a target to the PHCP/PVF industry,” ASA Director of Government Affairs Dan Hilton said. With the price of copper pipe and tubing up more than 70% since 2005, theft has become a growing epidemic. Recently, the Department of Energy conservatively estimated the total value of damages from copper wire theft across impacted industries in the United States would be $900 million annually. This alone signifies the critical need to address this issue. “When drafting this legislation, Sen. Klobuchar’s office sought ASA’s input to better learn how this issue impacted our industry,” said Dennis Goode of M. Cooper Supply in Mokena, Ill. “I was honored to share with the senator how important, yet overlooked this problem can be. Her leadership and experience in crime prevention is to be commended.” If passed into law, the bill would: • Make the theft of metal a federal offense; • Impose stricter documentation and recordkeeping requirements; • Put a limit of no more than $100 that can be paid out in cash; and • Make recommendations for federal sentencing guidelines. Every state is impacted by metal theft, but not every state has enacted laws to reduce the threat. States that have enacted legislation simply put requirements on scrap yard dealers to document the transaction – but more needs to be done. Therefore, it is important Congress enact legislation to put an end to copper theft. ASA commends Sen. Klobuchar and Sen. Graham for their responsiveness to this matter. Please contact Dan Hilton at 703/328-5234 or at email@example.com for further details. ASA Honors Distinguished Service at NetworkASA 2012 From left are Dakota Meyer, Plumbing Division Award of Excellence recipient Wally Gumm (Embassy Group) and Plumbing Division Chairman Jay Hults (Progressive Plumbing Supply). From left are outgoing IPD Chairman Pat Adams (MKS Pipe and Valve Co.), IPD Award of Excellence recipient John Martin (Anvil International) and presenter Jill Hurd (All-Tex Pipe and Supply). Plumbing Division Award of Excellence recipient Rick Schwartz (left) of WinWholesale with presenter Joe Poehling (First Supply). Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Morris Beschloss (left) with presenter John Martin.
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