ASA University Visualizes a New Future for Employee Development and Retention By Amy Black, Executive Director, ASA Education Foundation My good friend Dirk Beveridge, a leading voice of change and innovation throughout distribution, tells us that "WITHOUT VISION, THERE IS NO INNOVATION." Driven with that thought in mind, the dedicated volunteers that comprise the ASA Education Foundation Board of Trustees (see sidebar) met in April to continue to map out the expanding vision of ASA University and its impact on the future of labor in our industry. Beveridge defines vision as "a future reality that you really believe is possible with committed effort." Our association and our ASA Education Foundation trustees have set our bold vision to reflect our desire that "ASA members will develop and retain a labor force that will be come the best educated, best trained , and most professional in the industry." This is a bold vision indeed, but one that we are devoted to achieving. With a focus on arming the industry's employees, both current and future, with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively perform their jobs, ASA University will continue to bethe core component that will enable members to not only train , but retain their employees. Ultimately, ASA-U will become the industry standard by which employees are measured and will continue to help drive our content development, delivery technologies, and advisory support our members need now and moving forward. Most owners in our industry would agree that continual labor training and improvement adds to their bottom line and future viability. ASA-U will continue to demonstrate the value of employee development to the membership, as well as provide the resources and support to successfully build a culture of talent management internally. Training can certainly occur without this type of culture, but when it happens within an engaging environment actively measuring and growing employees, it is most effective and lasting. A strong talent management culture will give ASA members an edge when it comes to retaining their employees, keeping them from jumping to another industry company or out of the industry all together. To help our members become these best of the best "Employers of Choice," ASA University will expand new offerings around workforce planning, employee engagement, succession planning, training recognition and more. And we are not just content to simply offer resources; we have started to expand our capability to help with the utilization of these current and future resources through our one-on-one ASA-U Advisory Service as well. "Inspiring and motivating our labor force is a focus for our Education Foundation and trustees," says John Mills, ASAEF president. "To imagine a time when all our members will employ an elite workforce and stand out from the rest of the industry makes the journey toward our vision extremely rewarding." The vision of the trustees is just one component of the larger road map of the American Supply Association. The ASA Strategic Plan is reviewed annually to ensure relevance and much of our success can be attributed to the vision of our volunteers building the plan. A full updated plan can be accessed at www.asa.net/About-ASA. Find out more about ASA University by visiting www.Asa.Net/education or contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org. ASA's Plumbing Division Hard at Work Building Bridges By Mike Adelizzi, Executive Vice President ASA's Plumbing Division h a s set its focus on 1.) Becoming a leading voice for the PHCP segment of the industry, particularly by advocating for safe drinking water and for modernizing the North American water, gas and sewage infrastructure; 2.) Driving for federal, state and local legislative and regulatory issues impacting the industry; and 3.) Playing a socially responsible role in the workplace and community. The division, which represents wholesale distributors, manufacturers and manufacturers representatives focusing on plumbing products, is working to present consistent and meaningful communications of association positions, priorities and advantages to key audiences including members, potential members, government and customer groups. The Plumbing Business Outlook (PB Outlook) e-newsletter has emerged to become a significant publication to build the ASA brand and the brand of our members to customer groups. Each issue, published monthly to roughly 40,000 customers, is packed full of leading editorial on topics ranging from economic forecasts, what's happening with commodities and what innovation are emerging in our industry. This critical Publication and editorial information is building bridges to our members' customers. While PB Outlook has become an important tool for ASA, the division is looking to expand its reach as well as expanding the content to include codes and standards issues these customer groups will find useful. Of course the ultimate goal of PB Outlook is to build a bridge between plumbing customers and our membership. Beginning with the June issue, PB Outlook will seek to drive customers directly to your company's web page as we promote their doing business with an ASA member in each monthly issue—A powerful marketing tool. The division is also looking forward to participating in Design Construction Week and exhibiting for the third year in a row in the NKBA and NAHB International Show to be held in Orlando, which will further strengthen our partnership with the associations that represent home builders and kitchen and bath designers. Expanding the focus of the division beyond marketing our brand and our members' brand, the division is continuing ASA's sponsorship of the PHCC National Skills competition which heightens the awareness of plumbing craftsmanship to young career seekers. Leveraging Social Media for Professional Networking By Amber Auge, Education Coordinator, ASA Education Foundation In May, the ASA Women in Industry Division sponsored a social media webinar presented by Ashley Petersen, the new media specialist for NIBCO. Petersen highlighted the pros and cons of using social media in the context of networking as a female professional, shared ways to make meaningful connections with other influential women and business associates, and discussed how to open accounts and begin utilizing the easier-than-ever social media tools that are connecting professional women all across the globe. Petersen explained, "Social media changes everything in our lives, whether you are on it daily or not. How we get news, how we do business, how we meet and stay in touch with people, what we reveal, what we can influence, and how we communicate are all things done through social media. Social media creates a collaborative environment where you can become an industry thought leader. There is so much social media can do to help further your career, so get started today building your own network!" Access the archived webinar and find more information on the ASA Women in Industry Division at www.Asa.Net/women-in-industry. 2016 ASA Education Foundation Board of Trustees John Mills, President WHCI Plumbing Supply Co. Chris Fasano, President-Elect Torrco Todd Ford, Treasurer Central States Group Mike Adelizzi ASA Executive Vice President Jeffrey Beall AD Amy Black ASAEF Executive Director Rogers Earl Valley Supply Co. Coley Herrin Plumbing Distributors, Inc. Michael Hobbs The Carr Co. Dan Kelly Thos. Somerville Co. Bill McDevitt Hajoca Corp. John McKenzie Winsupply Mark McNitt Ferguson Enterprises Tim Milford Milford Supply Co. Dwight Newton Zoeller Pump Co. Lindsey Portnoy Rodner Aaron & Co. Kendrick Reaves Cash Acme Bill Shea Mueller Industries Gray Uhl American Standard Bill Zielinski Chicago Tube & Iron Co.
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