<b>What Drives Asa To Thrive? Industry Leaders Chart The Future </b> Being indispensable to achieving success for its members is the driving force behind everything that ASA does. ASA has adopted strategic planning as an operational philosophy, with ongoing re-evaluation of the critical knowledge bases that form the framework of our world, including being sensitive to member needs; insight into the future environment of the industry; understanding the capacity and strategic position of the organization, and effective analysis of the ethical implications of policy and program choices that the association makes. ASA’s strategic long-range plan represents a compass that has guided the organization’s work, increased the relevancy of its programs and laid the roadmap for the association’s future. How does ASA get there? With outstanding volunteer leadership, working behind the scenes to plan, evaluate, strategize and implement. The high level of relevancy achieved by ASA’s programs and services over the past three years has been a direct result of the association’s leadership following this strategic path. At NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE, ASA boards and committees met and continued the drive toward providing programming indispensable to achieving success in the PHCP and PVF industry. The IPD Executive Council voted unanimously to extend Pat Adams’s (MKS Pipe & Valve) term as chairman through 2011 and Jeffrey Beall from American Pipe & Supply accepted the nomination to serve as vice chairman. In addition, the Council devoted a substantial portion of the meeting to discussion about PVF supplier participation in the ASA events, financial support from the PVF segment of the organization, and how IPD can work to ensure that the different action items contained in ASA’s strategic plan are acted upon in ways that have relevance to the PVF segment of the industry. To this end, the Council appointed different members to serve on three different IPD task groups, including budget, operating guidelines review, and NetworkASA programming. Brian Burke, John Mills, Frank Finkel and John Edwards during a breakout session at the ASA Education Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting. The Trustees met to discuss development plans for 2011 and to continue the work started earlier this year on the ASA University model. ASA Educaton Foundation priorities for next year include the release of a new 3D Commercial Schematic©, addition to the Essentials brand of courses on counter sales, improved, expanded ASAU Online course offerings, and more! At its first meeting, the HVAC/Hydronics Division Executive Council selected Randy Tice (APR Supply) to serve as its Chairman with Jeff New (Mid-City Supply) to serve as Chairman-Elect and Reggie Hickman (Brock-McVey) as Secretary of the division. The committee got off to a fast start with approving a charter, reviewing proposed guidelines and prioritizing programs to develop that will serve the needs of this niche market Led by chairman Dave Poteete (M. Cooper Supply), the Plumbing Division Executive Council established an Excellence in Plumbing award to begin in 2011. A committee will begin work on a marketing piece that will be distributed through the wholesalers to the plumbing contractors to help promote the value-added benefit of being a part of ASA for distributors. Another committee was established to provide simplifi ed instructions and highlights of the results for the monthly economic survey, to use in gaining better participation from the wholesalers. Also discussed was the format of the manufacturer/wholesaler meetings at NetworkASA and how to improve the value for both parties. ASA chairman Joe Poehling (First Supply) leads the ASA Board of Directors meeting. During their time together, the ASA Board of Directors reviewed the association’s financial statement, approved the slate of officers for 2011, received a progress update from the ASA Education Foundation Board of Trustees meeting and discussed upcoming activities of the association’s five special interest divisions. <b>Asa Supplier Partner Profile</b> <b>A.o. Smith Revolutionizes The Water Heating Industry With four new high-efficiency products</b> <b>Innovations Push the Envelope of Energy-Saving Technology</b> A. O. Smith is taking energy efficiency to new heights with four new families of residential water heaters. Designed to provide contractors with the exact solution for every home, these new products represent the latest advances in gas, gas hybrid, electric hybrid and solar thermal technology. "Energy efficiency is the driving force behind innovation in the water heater industry, and A. O. Smith is in the driver's seat. We make it our mission to set the pace and direction for the entire industry," said David Chisolm, brand manager for A. O. Smith Water Products Company. First on the list is the new A. O. Smith EFFEX® high-efficiency gas water heater, the most advanced and efficient conventional vent product on the market today. The patented air intake system turbo charges the combustion process to reduce energy costs up to 25 percent. It works by pushing air into the combustion chamber, creating a pressurized environment that allows hot gas to travel slower through the water heater. As a result, a higher percentage of the energy is transferred to the water and less is wasted. EFFEX operates at .70 Energy Factor (EF), making it the industry's most energy efficient standard atmospheric water heater. EFFEX is the first standard vent product on the market that will exceed the certification requirements for the more stringent second phase of ENERGY STAR® (requiring .67 EF). It achieves all of this while installing the same as other standard gas products. Up next, the NEXT Hybrid® high-efficiency gas water heater raises the bar to 90 percent thermal efficiency by blending tankless and traditional heating methods. The NEXT Hybrid represents a new generation in water heating, bringing together a tankless engine with a small buffer tank in order to maximize the benefits of both technologies. A. O. Smith's patented heat transfer process takes the exhaust gas from the tankless engine and routes it back into the buffer tank in order to extract additional heat.This product performs like a tankless model but can also handle peak demand periods because of its small buffer tank. Operating at .90 EF, the NEXT Hybrid is eligible for a federal tax credit up to $1,500 or 30 percent of its total installed cost. The footprint is similar to conventional models with standard water and gas connections, making it much simpler and less expensive in replacement applications than a purely tankless system.Third, the VOLTEX® hybrid electric water heater integrates a new heat pump technology that makes it more than twice as efficient as a standard electric water heater. VOLTEX operates like an air conditioner in reverse, pulling heat from the surrounding air and transferring it to the tank. The result is a signifi cant reduction in energy costs: $203 annually for a VOLTEX compared with up to $575 for an ordinary electric model. Depending upon the application and available incentives, this water heater can pay for itself in less than two years. VOLTEX operates at 2.3 EF, making it the only type of electric water heater that is ENERGY STAR® rated. It is also eligible for a federal tax credit up to $1,500, or 30 percent of its total installed cost, as well as many other state and local rebates. VOLTEX installs similarly to Heating from the sun, and they are only a fraction of the cost of photovoltaic solar panels. Available in 80- and 120-gallon models, A. O. Smith calls CIRREX one of the 'greenest' solutions available to homeowners today. With a Solar Energy Factor (SEF) of 2.5, the CIRREX system is ENERGY STAR® qualified and eligible for a federal tax credit of 30 percent of the total installation cost without a cap. "Choosing the right water heater is a matter of lifestyle as well as budget. We make it easy for contractors to find the exact energy-saving solution for each individual homeowner, no matter what their needs may be," said Chisolm. <b>ASA’s Advocacy a Focus at NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE</b> <b>Renowned strategist Karl Rove and policy expert Joan Woodward in the spotlight</b> Over the past four years, ASA has revitalized its advocacy efforts and has become a respected and dominant voice for the PHCP and PVF industry in national legislative and regulatory matters. ASA continued to flex its political muscle at NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE by providing attendees the opportunity to hear from two experienced and respected voices of the political and public policy scenes. Joan Woodward, executive vice president of public policy for Travelers, tapped into her 12 years of experience on Capitol Hill, where she was the deputy chief of staff for the U. S. Senate Committee on finance as well as senior economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the U. S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, to give participants some insight on what to expect in the mid-term elections and where public policy issues – such as the health care bill – currently stand. Headlining ASA’s Future Trends lunch was Karl Rove, nationally prominent campaign strategist and former deputy chief of staff and senior advisor to President George W. Bush. Those in attendance were intrigued and inspired by Rove’s assessment of the current political climate in Washington, D.C. and his thoughts on where the nation is – or should be - headed in the near future. Rove also gave his perspective on international relationships and where the U.S. should focus its policy efforts in years to come. “As the voice of the industry, ASA was pleased and proud to present to our members speakers of this caliber who can raise the level of information and understanding beyond anything available through other sources,” shared ASA’s Advocacy a Focus at NetworkASA 2010: THRIVE Renowned strategist Karl Rove and policy expert Joan Woodward in the spotlight ...Indispensable to achieving prosperity in our industry...business success...educat ASA NEWS ed industry...unified voice...social responsibility...capacity to serve Mike Adelizzi, ASA’s executive vice president. “The value of membership in ASA goes beyond the nuts and bolts of running a business and addresses even the outside forces that impact our members’ ability to run a successful and profi table business. You can be assured that ASA’s voice is only going to become stronger and more powerful in the days ahead.”
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