Dan Hilton 2016-05-04 05:34:47
ASA LEADS AD ON CAPITOL HILL WE'VE ALL SAID IT or certainly thought it. "They haven't a clue what it's like outside the Beltway." That's why 115 small businesses and more than 200 members o f AD made their way to Capitol Hill in April to advocate for issues critical to our industry. Partnering with AD, ASA was successful in putting together key leaders in the PHCP-PVF industry with policymakers in Washington. The timing could not have been any better as Congress leaves town soon and the end of an administration brings with it a number of unwelcome surprises. For example, the Department of Labor is rapidly working to finalize regulations t h a t would require employees earning up to $50,440 to convert to hourly wages and become eligible to receive overtime. No matter how it's sliced, workers are bound to lose, not gain if these changes move forward. That is why Congress is working on a legislation fix and hundreds of small businesses like members of AD need to urge its passage. Todd Ford of Central States Group had a great day on Capitol Hill. "I was three-for-three meeting with my elected officials. Senators (Fisher and Sasse) were overwhelmingly generous with the time they took to listen to our concerns.It's one thing to hear they 'get it,' but we need them to step up and take action.Visits like this reinforce the need to come to Washington and share your firsthand experiences with them." Bakersfield Pipe and Supply's Dan By rum has a particularly noteworthy representative from Bakersfield: Majority Leader of the House Kevin McCarthy. "Meeting with the majority leader in his Capitol office was truly an honor and a thrill," Byrum said. "He took the time to listen how business is going and what he could do to effect change for small businesses like mine." Finally, Gary Bosley of Er bCo., had one of the most tangible success stories of the day when he received an email from a legislative staffer shortly after their meeting. The staffer contacted Bosley to let h I'm know his congressman had agreed to cosponsor the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, the legislation that would put a stop to the overtime regulations that are working their way through the Department of Labor. When informed stakeholders like members of AD and ASA come to Washington, Washington listens. We can no longer rely on other, larger business groups to advocate on issues that matter to us. We need to do it ourselves! At ASA, we enable our members to "Advance your Voice," and at AD, "Together, We Win!" DISTRIBUTION HAS BECOME OVERWHELMINGLY COMPLEX. Dirk Beveridge’s Annual UnleashWD Summit is Where Forward-Thinking Leaders Discover Innovative Solutions to Thrive, Stay Relevant and Envision their Sustainable Future. AS THE LEADING VOICE of change and innovation throughout distribution, Dirk curates top thought leaders from a wide variety of businesses and backgrounds. These are leaders whose insights have delivered brilliant results — for their own businesses, their clients and even entire nations. More than ever before, PHCP and PVF leaders need to Lift and Shift™ innovative solutions from beyond our industry. We must move from best practices to next practices. Here's what ASA member Steve Edwards, VP Marketing, Winsupply said about UnleashWD: Our Industry IN FOCUS THE MOST ANTICIPATED industry event every year, NETWORK2016, brings together industry leaders and decision-makers from wholesaler-distributors, manufacturers, independent reps and professional leaders in our industry to network, learn and grow. Continuing to be THE event for the PHCPPVF industry, ASA once again packed the event agenda to maximize your time in solidifying existing relationships and building new industry connections. This will surely have you leaving with more knowledge about the industry, and most importantly your customers, vendors and peers NOW is the time to register to see the exciting plans we have i n store for you September 28-30 in New York City. The NETWORK2016 hotel room block is filling up quickly, so please REGISTER NOW and book your rooms as soon as possible to in sure your firm's attendance at the industry's premier networking a n d educational event. Please visit www.ASA.net/Register16 for more details ASA Leadership Discusses Small Business with Obama Administration WITH MAJOR CHANGES coming from the Department of Labor, business leaders must do what it takes to voice their concerns. That is why past and present leaders of ASA sat down with the Obama administration to let them knowthe detrimental effects this rule would have on small businesses. "The amount this would cost small businesses is into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, which is unbudgeted — a complete nonstarter," ASA Past President Joe Poehling of First Supply said. Texas Plumbing Supply's Glenn Fuller added: "Our employees strive to gain the opportunity and responsibility that comes with a salaried position. Now we're faced with having to tell them that they're going back to hourly wages. This will not sit well with them." Poehling and Fuller were joined by ASA Treasurer Steve Cook of Northeastern Supply and APR Supply's Scott Weaver, another ASA past president. While this regulation was written and will be enforced by the Department of Labor, it now sits within the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs where it is receiving the White House's final review. I AM ASA I AM ASA because the association offers outstanding networking opportunities, firstclass education programs, a common voice for the industry and the ability to build lasting relationships and friendships. – Rick Fantham Hajoca Corp. Also present were representatives from the DOL, and office of Management and Budget
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