Shutdown, Lockdown, Knockdown at NetworkASA 2013 ASA Members Take to Capitol Hill During Historic and Turbulent Times. ASA members participating in NetworkASA 2013 in Washington, D. C., Oct. 2-4 experienced a wide range of emotions during their stay in our nation’s capital. From direct participation in the government shutdown to a Capitol Hill lockdown to the culmination of the week’s events in a “knockdown” event between political power couple James Carville and his wife, Mary Matalin; to say the least it was a memorable time to attend ASA’s annual convention. From start to finish, past attendees and those brandnew to the event alike were entertained, educated and had the ABILITY to network with their fellow industry peers in a variety of different ways. Strong educational events led the way with the attendee-favorite 2014 Industry Economic Forecast featuring Alan Beaulieu, which once again attracted a packed house. Additional powerful speakers and networking sessions between the more than 100 distributor firms and 80 manufacturing companies in attendance rounded out an impactful industry event delivering on a theme of One Industry, One Voice, One Future. “Comments from attendees could be repeatedly heard that NetworkASA 2013 was like the old ASA in its magnitude of energy, robust attendance and dynamic networking events,” ASA Executive Vice President Michael Adelizzi said. “Great job”, “Another great event” and “Keep doing what you are doing” were among attendee responses provided as part of the post-event survey. Adelizzi added, “We are extremely pleased that NetworkASA 2013 started out very strong and continued to build through the final event.” One event highlight in particular was an afternoon of delivering the message of comprehensive tax reform, energy production and marketplace fairness that ASA attendees communicated effectively throughout roughly 150 meetings with their members of Congress. While chaos ensued when the Capitol and its congressional offices were locked down due to the shooting at the Hart Senate Office Building (an incident witnessed by many ASA members while they were traveling from office to office), most ASA attendees found the experience of being on Capitol Hill during the historic government shutdown to have significantly heightened the overall experience of lobbying for the PHCP and PVF industry. “Having almost an hour with Senator Mary Landrieu’s (D- LA) staff as well as time with the senator herself to discuss issues critical to not only our industry, but to Coburn Supply and Louisiana specifically was as rewarding as it was productive, Coburn’s Pam Mouton said. “Hearing our senator’s views on why he couldn’t support the Marketplace Fairness Act was a moment of honesty and clarity while really showing the demands of the job he has,” First Supply CFO Todd Restel said. Few will forget this ASA annual convention and the events associated with it. Please visit www.asa.net and www.supplyht.com for more coverage of NetworkASA 2013. Also, mark your calendars and watch for updates regarding NetworkASA 2014, to be held Sept. 9-11 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Awards of Excellence Presented at NetworkASA 2013 Joe Poehling of Madison, Wis.-based First Supply and Pat Adams of Kansas City, Mo.-based MKS Pipe and Valve Co. Were presented with ASA’s 2013 IPD and Plumbing Division awards of excellence respectively at NetworkASA 2013 in Washington. Gary Jones of Eastern Penn Supply Co. Said, “Ask 10 different people about Joe Poehling and you’ll receive reflections on 10 different roles Joe has played within the industry. I dare say that if I asked more than 10, I’d learn about even more positions that Joe has held over the years.” Jay Bazemore of JABO Supply Corp., stated, “Pat Adams’ willingness to share so much of his knowledge and expertise coupled with his influence within our industry has helped ASA’s Industrial Piping Division continue to grow and flourish as it does today.” The Plumbing Division Award of Excellence was established in 2012. It recognizes individuals who have a record of signifi - cant accomplishment and recognition in the PHCP industry with an overall influence on the current status of the channel. Recipients should have a history of dedicated service to the ASA Plumbing Division, are active participants in division activities and project an overall positive industry image in general. Last year’s inaugural recipients were Wally Gumm of Embassy Group and Rick Schwartz of WinWholesale. The IPD Award of Excellence was established in 2008 to honor a member of ASA’s Industrial Piping Division with a record of significant accomplishments and a long-standing history of service specifically related to the industrial and mechanical PVF segment of the PHCP and PVF industry. Past recipients include Tim Arenberg (Columbia Pipe and Supply Co.), Gary Cartright (Piping & Equipment, Inc.), Dr. Donald R. McNeeley (Chicago Tube & Iron Corp.), Morris R. Beschloss and John E. Martin (Anvil International). For more on the Plumbing Division and IPD Award of Excellence presentations, visit ASA’s homepage at www.asa.net.
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