ABILITY: Adapt, Grow, Succeed NetworkASA 2014, to be held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas Sept. 9-11, promises to expand on the 2013 event, which resulted in record attendance numbers from 106 distributor companies and 80 manufacturing companies. This year’s theme, Ability: Adapt, Grow, Succeed, is consistent with ASA’s branding and certainly in tune with the direction ASA’s membership has taken. As 2014 President John Strong points out in this month’s “Letter from the ASA President,” ASA has enjoyed two consecutive years of net membership growth and shows no signs of slowing down. This success has been directly mirrored by the recent growth of ASA’s annual convention. As THE industry networking event of the year, NetworkASA 2014 brings to the table the perfect combination of education, industry networking, camaraderie and entertainment. Simply put, the benefi ts of attendance far outweigh the reasons not to be there. Highlights that attendees can look forward to this year include: Featured Speakers • Jimmy Johnson – Legendary NFL coach, two-time Super Bowl champion and a member of the “FOX NFL Sunday” team – A. O. Smith Future Trends Luncheon • Robert O’Neill – Team leader, Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Seal Team Six) – Plumbing Industry Educational Forum & Breakfast, brought to you by Kohler • Alan Beaulieu – Principal, ITR Economics – 2015 Industry Forecast • Dr. Donald R. McNeeley – President and CEO – Chicago Tube and Iron Corp. • Weldbend IPD Breakfast Speaker – Announcement forthcoming. Educational Session Presenters • Gene Marks – Columnist, N.Y. Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post ; Author, Business Consultant • Alex Goldfayn – CEO, Evangelist Marketing Institute • Dirk Beveridge – President, 4th Generation Systems; Founder, UnleashWD • Doug Dillon – Director, Professional Development, ASA Education Foundation; Director, Talent Management, First Supply The always popular wholesaler and vendor conference appointments will once again be a featured event along with the IPD and Plumbing Division open-house receptions, and the ASA Annual Meeting and Member Lunch. As usual, all in all, its going to be another CAN’T MISS event. “Comments from attendees in the post-event NetworkASA 2013 survey were repeated that ‘this 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” also were among the list of responses. “We look forward to more of the same comments in the post-event survey in 2014,” Adelizzi added. Mark your calendars now for NetworkASA 2014 Sept. 9-11 at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and visit www.asa.net for a full program brochure, registration details and hotel reservation information. Please contact Ruth Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630/467-0000, ext. 210 with any NetworkASA 2014-related questions. ASA Launches New Effort To Build Industry Bench The American Supply Association recently announced the launch of its workforce career recruitment effort to build a bridge from career seekers to association member fi rms that have active job openings. From interactive job ad placements to aggressive outreach to job seekers, the new ASA career recruitment program is an answer to a growing need for new labor among its members. While many distributors and manufacturers are still at pre-2009 labor levels, many are beginning to ramp up their search for new employees. Specifi cally, the ASA recruitment effort is targeted toward reaching veterans and those transitioning from the military, high school and college as well as current industry employees seeking new career opportunities. In mid-February, ASA members began placing open job ads on the new ASA Industry Job Board. The association also is actively building links to people engaged in seeking career opportunities through numerous military sites, high-school guidance offi ces and college job boards. “Getting started has been a big effort. We are encouraging members to place their open job ads on our job board before we have the active traffi c of job seekers. This way, when job seekers arrive, opportunities await,” ASA Executive Vice President Michael Adelizzi said. “It’s like the chicken and egg situation. A fi rm wants traffi c and job seekers want jobs. This effort will gain momentum in the coming months as job seekers fi nd our industry.” To view current job openings or to place a job ad, visit www.asa.net/Careers/Career-Center. ASA Receives Industry Partner Honor at KBIS ASA received the Storehouse of World Vision’s “Partner of the Year” honor as part of the 14th Annual Crystal Vision Awards Breakfast at KBIS in February. The Storehouse of World Vision makes a valiant effort to work with children and families worldwide to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice. “ASA member companies have been able to provide a positive impact on the lives of children and their families in need through their valuable contributions of time, effort and much-needed household items the Storehouse of World Vision,” said Mike Adelizzi, who accepted the award on behalf of ASA. “ASA and its members will continue to support The Storehouse’s efforts to help these individuals reach their full potential.” Please visit www.worldvisionusprograms.org for more information on how you can support the efforts of the Storehouse of World Vision. Industry Leaders Continue to Drive Success, Growth
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