Rove, Ruettiger & McNeeley to Headline ASA Convention NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE is scheduled for October 12-15, 2010 at the Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnifi cent Mile. In recent weeks, ASA has been polling members, speaking to industry leaders and compiling feedback from previous meetings to create an agenda full of sessions to provide value to the attendees, presented by some of the top individuals in their respective fields. “This is shaping up to be one of the most impressive meeting agendas in recent years,” said Mike Adelizzi, ASA executive vice president. “From economics to politics to business success to the state of our industry, NetworkASA 2010 will cover all of these topics and more – an experience and education not available anywhere else in the PHCP and PVF industry.” KEYNOTE PRESENTATION Rudy Ruettiger Inspirational Speaker, Distinguished American Rudy Ruettiger is perhaps the most famous graduate of the University of Notre Dame. As fans cheered “RU-DY, RU-DY”, he sacked the quarterback in the only play in the only game of his college football career. He is the only player in the school’s history to be carried off the field on his teammates’ shoulders. Today, Rudy reaches audiences with a unique, passionate, and heartfelt style of communicating, portraying the human spirit. FUTURE TRENDS LUNCHEON brought to you by Karl Rove Former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, Author, Columnist, Political Commentator Karl Rove served as Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush from 2000–2007 and Deputy Chief of Staff from 2004–2007. He is now a frequent contributor to Fox News and columnist for Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. INDUSTRY OUTLOOK Donald R. McNeeley President and COO, Chicago Tube and Iron Corporation Professor, Northwestern University’s Graduate School of Engineering Don is listed in Who’s Who in America as well as Who’s Who Worldwide and is frequently called upon to speak on a variety of subjects related to business, the steel industry, and economics. He has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and featured in Inc. Magazine and Crain’s Chicago Business. A favorite of ASA audiences, we are pleased to welcome back Don to speak at an all-industry seminar during NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE. Ditka & Carbonari to Round Out Strongest Lineup of Speakers in Years This year’s Weldbend IPD Breakfast will take the Chicago theme to a new level with former NFL player and coach, analyst, author, and beloved Chicago sports figure, Mike Ditka, sharing his philosophy on attitude, character and enthusiasm. NetworkASA 2010 attendees in the plumbing sector will experience invaluable market insight of the highest level; Bruce A. Carbonari, chairman & chief executive officer of Fortune Brands, Inc. and former head of Moen, the company’s largest single brand, headlines the Plumbing Industry Breakfast. Educational Seminars include Public Policy Update and Industry Analysis “The highest-rated programs from last year’s meeting include two that focused on government policy and regulation of issues impacting our industry, and economic analysis that gave attendees a blueprint for decisionmaking in the near future,” states Adelizzi. “A lot has changed in the last year and we look forward to updates from two engaging speakers who are among the most highly-regarded in these fields.” Joan Woodward is executive vice president of public policy for Travelers and leads the Travelers Institute, the arm of the company dedicated to participating in public policy dialogue on matters of interest to the property casualty insurance sector, as well as the fi nancial services industry more broadly. Michael Halloran is a senior research analyst at Baird and leads a team of industrial analysts, analyzing the global process equipment industry to prepare a quarterly industrial markets survey. Their research includes coverage of companies that manufacture valves, pumps, and/or motors. Path to Safety: Step 12 Safe Cell Phone Use Cell phones and other similar handheld devices have become integral tools in the business world. They have allowed us to be linked-in no matter where we are or what else we are doing. They have become an important part of our multitasking culture where doing multiple things at one time is presented as highly desirable. One must question if this is wise, especially when it comes to multitasking while driving or performing other motor tasks. How can we use cell phones and similar devices and be safe? As a business owner, you probably run your business well outside of an 8-to-5 workday. You and your sales force work where and when necessary in order to be responsive to your customers’ needs. For many, this includes using your cell phone while driving. Five states – California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Washington – currently have laws in place that prohibit driving while talking on handheld cell phones. Additionally, seven states prohibit texting while driving. These are: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Minnesota New Jersey and Washington. Commercial truck drivers are prohibited from texting while driving and can be fi ned up to $2,750 for violation of this prohibition. The primary responsibility of the driver is to operate a motor vehicle safely. The task of driving requires full attention and focus. Cell phone use has risen to the number-one cause of distracting drivers from this task, risking harm to themselves and others. Therefore, the safest course of action is to refrain from using a cell phone while driving. Of course, it is also necessary not to distract oneself by other activities while driving such as eating, drinking or smoking. According to the National Highway Traffi c Safety Administration (NHTSA), research shows that driving while using a cell phone can pose a serious cognitive distraction and degrade driver performance. They estimate that driver distraction from all sources, not just cell phone usage, contributes to 25 percent of all police-reported crashes. If you decide to use a “blue-tooth” or hands free device to utilize your phone, available research indicates that whether it is a hands-free or hand-held phone, the cognitive distraction is signifi cant enough to degrade a driver’s performance. This can cause a driver to miss key visual and audio cues needed to avoid a crash. Based upon the number of cell phones in operation, at any given moment of the day, 500,000 drivers of passenger cars are on handheld phones. Even though the use of cell phones while driving is a hazard, the news about them isn’t all negative. Properly used, phones in cars can mean security when you’re on the road. If you need directions, want to report a dangerous condition, or need emergency service, a cell phone can be your best friend. Cell phones also have a handy thing associated with most plans – that being voice mail. Calls can go to voice mail and messages listened to after stopping the car. Make it standard policy to have voice mail included with your business cell phone plans. E-mails and text messages can also be viewed at your leisure after you have completed the task of driving. If calls must be made while traveling in a motor vehicle have another person drive, leaving you free to make calls, send e-mails, surf the net or whatever else you choose to do on your handheld device. Distraction and failure to pay attention to dangers in the environment while using a cell phone can also occur in other settings beyond just operating a motor vehicle. Consider trying to do something as simple as walking in a busy warehouse while talking on your cell phone. Are you sure you will hear or even see the forklift operating in your area? Will you walk outside of the marked pedestrian pathways without realizing it? Will you pose a danger to others because of acting in an unexpected manner? What about walking on a busy street and talking on the phone? Have you ever missed looking at the crossing signal at the corner while crossing the street and stepped out into moving traffi c? I know that I have. Debates have raged through companies as cell phone use policies have been considered. There is no one right answer for each corporate culture. However, we do know that developing and implementing a cell phone use policy is a critical step on your path to safety and may have a considerable impact upon the health and safety of your employees, and your bottom line. A Toolbox Talk to faciliate the educational process within your company is available in the Safety Resources section of www.asa.net. I Train....Do You? Real People. Real Stories. Real Success. A Conversation with Jay Bazemore, Vice President, Jabo Supply'' Jabo Supply is a West Virginia-based distributor of pipe, valves and fittings for industrial and individual applications. For more than 45 years, Jabo has serviced West Virginia, Southwestern Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, Southwestern Virginia and parts of the Central and Western U.S. from three locations. The company’s success comes from living its motto every day: “Service is more than a promise.” One way they strive to achieve this high standard is through employee training. Jay Bazemore, Jabo’s vice president, is the driving force behind the company’s training program. The sales force and fabrication shop employees are absolutely required to complete training programs, with the remainder of the 80 employees participating on a subjectby- subject basis. Recently, Bazemore made the transition from traditional training formats to ASAU Online, ASAEF’s online initiative. The level of content available and the ease of using the system has allowed Jabo the ability to offer open enrollment to all employees for any ASAU Online course. “It’s been amazing to see the kind of enthusiasm and interest in training from employees in positions that we had not previously considered training,” shares Bazemore. “We sometimes forget the need for product and business knowledge by all employees no matter what their position. Our employees want to understand how they contribute to our success. Offering them unlimited training through ASAU Online has made clear to us there is a strong desire by our employees to learn as much as they can and use that information to become better in their jobs. We are fortunate to have a great team that wants to grow and learn; I’m happy to have ASAEF as a resource and partner in providing this kind of training.” ASAU Online offers new, interactive and engaging ways to train. “The online programs are quick and easy to use, and at the same time the content is thorough and well written,” continues Bazemore. A feature especially useful for Jabo as they increase the number of employees being trained is the ability that ASAU Online has to track and assess employees’ progress in all types of training. “It takes only a few clicks of the mouse to get a printed report or go online to look at what the employees are doing on a day-to-day basis,” Bazemore adds. Having utilized most of the Foundation’s training content, the Essentials of Profi table Warehouse Operations© is Bazemore’s new favorite program. “I really admire all the time and dedication to detail that was put into this Essentials program,” Bazemore explains. “One thing that you can count on in every warehouse is having a lot of different personalities who like to do things the way they see fi t. The Essentials course has an entire section devoted to team building, which will help our employees assimilate into our culture of doing business. Through this, they will understand that ‘service is more than a promise’ is more than just a slogan but the only way to do business.” This summer, Jabo’s training plan will expand to include additional ASAU Online offerings such as Overview of Wholesale Distribution©, Essentials of Superb Service in Distribution© and The Effective Communicator in Distribution©, showing a clear commitment to the service expectations the company has to meet – and exceed – the needs of their customers. “In today’s market, a distributor needs something that sets it apart from the competition. Price isn’t a realistic option and does nothing to establish a lasting relationship. Exceptional service helps, but not if the person providing the service doesn’t understand the most fundamental concepts of our business. Training is the key; it’s like the stone that you throw in the pond and all the ripples come out and travel as far as your eye can see – it touches every aspect of your business and only makes it better.” Bazemore pauses and then adds, “Consider the alternative, as put so well in one of my favorite business quotes by Zig Ziglar: ‘The only thing worse than training employees and losing them is not training them and keeping them!’”
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