"I understand that I, and Hajoca, will get out of ASA what we put into it," says Rick Fantham, one of the three new members on the American Supply Association's executive committee for 2011, along with Mark Hanley, also with Hajoca Corp., and John Strong, president of Economy Plumbing Supply Co.In Indianapolis, Indiana. Fantham is president of Hajoca Corporation and its Canadian subsidiary, Emco Corporation.He brings to the executive committee extensive association leadership experience, having served on the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) Board of Directors for ten years, culminating in being chairman of the board in 2001-2002. "It's apparent that the challenging market of the last few years has left ASA struggling to move beyond the great networking opportunities it's always provided and add value to its members in other areas. The best way to make that happen is by members getting involved in the leadership and decision-making process." John Strong has first-hand knowledge of that truth: "I worked with my father, Herb Strong, while he served through the chairs of the ASA executive committee and I know what a rewarding experience it was for him." Strong has been involved in ASA for over 25 years and considers it an honor to be in a position to make his own contributions to strengthening the industry's association."The relationships I have built with my industry peers are absolutely the number one benefit I've received from being a member of ASA.Through these friendships, I feel that I have an outstanding pool of talent and experience to tap into whenever I need help in overcoming business challenges," he adds. Strong chose now to become more deeply involved due to the changes he's seen in ASA over the past few years. "Mike Adelizzi's energy and leadership have brought a renewed focus and life to ASA," he shares. "The leadership of ASA has identified issues that required difficult decisions, and I feel they are leading us in the proper direction to bring all elements of the industry together." All three gentlemen spoke of the focus on ASA's top priorities, one of which is education. Mark Hanley has come onto the executive committee through his role as president of the ASA Education Foundation Board of Trustees. He is determined to get the word out about the programs already available and those currently in development. "The Foundation has some really first-rate materials we've incorporated into our management training program [at Hajoca]. The Foundation is now taking it even further by developing a management certification program through ASA University, which is of great value to every company in our industry.The ASA staff is talented and active, working to add real value for all members." Each of these new leaders has a definite vision for the role ASA should hold in the industry three years from now. I'd like to be in a position where after choosing our top four priorities ASA executes them extremely well. Then our members can clearly see ASA as a value-added part of their industry experience," states a determined Fantham. One of those top four priorities is education, about which Hanley states, "One of ASA's goals is ‘ASA members’ employees will become the best trained, best educated and most professional in the industry.’ Through the ASA Education Foundation, the goal is to provide the necessary educational materials and delivery systems so that each ASA member can see measurable improvements in productivity and profitability.” Strong echoes the value of ASA’s educational programs by adding, “ASA has a tremendous asset in the Education Foundation and we must continue to get the membership to utilize these tools. In fact, ASA must get more of the industry involved in all our events.We need wholesalers, manufacturers and reps to all see the importance of a strong industry association.These are the industry partners that should be attending ASA events, and we need to work together to accomplish our shared goals.” With what these three men plan on putting into their work on ASA’s executive committee, it’s a sure bet that ASA, and the overall industry, will get a great deal in return. Toolbox Talks Path to Safety: Electrical Safety What is the most hazardous item you have in your facilities and your employees interact with it every day? You probably thought of the chemicals at your facility or some machine or equipment, but the answer is electricity! Annually, there are approximately 30,000 non-fatal and 1,000 fatalities from electrical shock. In the last ten years another hazard, the arc flash and arc blast have emerged as serious problems, which are being more frequently reported.Approximately 2,000 people are admitted to burn centers every year with severe arc flash burns.Research shows that most burns in electrical accidents are caused by an arc flash.Of the approximately 350 persons killed in the work place by electricity last year, roughly 50% were related to arc flash. An arc flash is an airborne short circuit consisting of a flash that moves from one exposed live conductor to another or to ground.Lightning is an example of a naturally occurring arc flash. An arc flash can occur in less than a sixtieth of a second. Injuries from arc flash accidents tend to be severe, and result from two types of hazards: the arc flash and arc blast. Visit the Safety Resources section of www.asa.net and discover the causes of arc flashes, how to conduct an arc flash analysis at your company and use it to create an arc fl ash safety program. Also found there is a PowerPoint presentation on arc flash safety and a Toolbox Talk for use in educating your employees on this important safety topic. Popular ASAEF Training Now Available Online For the past year, the ASA Education Foundation has focused on converting all its content-rich training courses into an online, interactive format. We are proud to announce that the widely-used book-based Product Pro® and Essential courses are now available in ASAU Online, a learning management system (LMS) that delivers engaging training programs 24/7.ASAU Online courses are presented in quick and highly interactive modules, perfect for the employee used to getting information from the internet.As a bonus, company training administrators and owners can train, track and assess employees’ progress within ASAU Online.Thanks to the support of the Karl E. Neu pert Endowment Fund, the ASAEF offers companies FREE access to the training management aspect of ASAU Online without incurring the cost of building an LMS of their own. Visit the Education section of ASA.net and start your online training today! Need help? Contact Patrick Osborne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.464.0090, ext. 209. ASA Welcomes New Members The following companies have joined ASA and will enjoy all the networking, benchmarking, advocacy and educational programs that make ASA membership an unmatchable value to distributors and vendors in the PHCP and PVF industry. Iron City Pipe & Supply Jackson, OH www.ironcitypipe.com VAI (Vormittag Associates, Inc.) Ron konkoma, NY www.vai.net For more information on how your company can become a member of ASA, please contact Chris Murin, ASA’s executive director, at email@example.com or 312.464.0090, ext.204.
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