Enhanced speaker lineup, vendor networking opportunities, open houses and table top networking sessions to highlight NetworkASA. NetworkASA 2011 – ALL IN – Cashing in on the Recovery is scheduled for September 13-16, 2011 at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. This year’s agenda has been the result of careful planning and will offer a whole new dimension of value for both the wholesaler and manufacturer. Attendees have told ASA that the last two events “hit the ball out of the park” in terms of offering attendees a superb variety of phenomenal speakers, valuable sessions and a chances to meet business leaders that are not available anywhere else in the industry. 2011 will be no exception. “This year’s agenda is the most impressive that we have offered in recent years,” said Mike Adelizzi, ASA executive vice president. “From enhanced Plumbing and IPD Open Houses to Peer Networking Council Meetings to a fantastic speaker lineup to our newly organized Table Top Networking Session, ASA is offering an experience not available anywhere else in the PHCP and PVF industry.” Featured Speaker: Chris Wallace Chris Wallace is the host of FOX News Sunday with Chris Wallace (FNS), FOX’s Sunday morning public affairs program. He also contributes to the network’s political and election news coverage. He joined the Fox Network in 2003. As host of FNS, Wallace has secured interviews with many leading newsmakers, including all the leading contenders for the 2008 Presidential campaign — top national and international figures — and is known for his Controversial interview with former President Bill Clinton. Before joining Fox News, Wallace worked at ABC News for 15 years, where he served as the chief correspondent for Primetime Thursday and as a substitute host for Nightline. Wallace will be providing attendees his take on what the future holds for public policy in the PHCP and PVF Industry. Vendor Networking Thursday’s schedule for NetworkASA 2011 has been arranged to maximize vendor networking time. This was done as a result of several direct requests from the ASA membership. Thursday, September 15 8:00 – 9:30 am Weldbend IPD Breakfast 9:30 – 12:30 pm • Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments • Peer Networking Council Meetings: CFO, Warehouse & Operations, Trainers & Showroom Managers 12:30 – 2:00 pm Future Trends Lunch with Chris Wallace 2:15 – 4:30 pm Table Top Networking Session (NEW) 5:00 – 7:00 pm IPD and Plumbing Division Open Houses Specialty Open Houses ASA’s Plumbing and IPD Open Houses offer NetworkASA 2011 attendees a very unique opportunity. Discuss trends, complexities and other issues with industry leaders in these key specific market segments. It is the attendee’s chance to pick the brains of those in leading companies in an informal atmosphere. Table Top Networking Session (NEW) New for 2011 is an additional opportunity to meet with suppliers during Thursday’s Table Top Networking Session. This newly-created session is designed to allow wholesalers the opportunity to meet new suppliers that they normally do not do business with. Please visit www.asa.net for a full schedule and registration details. Industry Award Recipients To Be Recognized At NetworkASA 2011 As we begin the recovery from tough economic times, ASA realizes that it is more important than ever to recognize those within the industry who have really made a difference for so many others. At NetworkASA 2011, recipients of several different industry awards will be recognized. Nominations for all of the following awards are currently being accepted: Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award The prestigious Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual’s contributions to, and achievements in, the PHCP/PVF industry. The award is named for its first recipient, Fred V. Keenan of Keenan Supply, a division of Hajoca Corp. Wholesalers, manufacturers, independent manufacturer representatives, association executives or other individuals involved in the industry are eligible to receive the award. Other previous recipients include Karl Neupert, Ed Felten, John McDonald, John Martin and Frank Finkel. The award will be presented during the Annual Meeting and Member Lunch at NetworkASA 2011.For detailed award criteria and nomination guidelines, please visit the Benchmarking page of www.asa.net or contact Mike Adelizzi at 312.464.0090 x201 or email@example.com. IPD Award of Excellence To be eligible for the IPD Award of Excellence, a nominated individual must be currently employed by a member of the ASA’s Industrial Piping Division with a longstanding history of service in the Industrial and/or Mechanical PVF industry.Wholesalers, manufacturers, manufacturers reps, master distributors and service vendors are eligible to receive the award. The IPD member individual being considered for the award should have a record of significant accomplishment/ recognition in the PVF industry. The award will be presented during the IPD Membership Breakfast at NetworkASA 2011. For detailed criteria and nomination information, please visit the Benchmarking page of www.asa.net or contact Chris Murin at 312.464.0090 x204 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ASA Safety Recognition Awards ASA’s Safety Committee recently announced that it is currently seeking nominations for its newly created industry safety recognition awards. These awards will help to elevate awareness of the importance of safety in all aspects of the PHCP and PVF industry, and also recognize the ASA members that have the lowest incident rate of non-fatal occupational injuries and illnesses. Awards will be based on the previous year’s OSHA 300A data, and will be presented in both manufacturer and wholesaler categories. Awards will be presented during the Annual Meeting and Member Lunch at NetworkASA 2011. Award application forms can be accessed on the Safety Resources section of www.asa.net. Please contact Ben Stephens, ASA Director of Marketing & Communications, at 312.464.0090 x203 or at email@example.com for more information. ASA Thanks Paul Martin For Years Of Service In March, ASA announced the retirement of Paul F. Martin, Senior Director, Program & Business Development of the ASA Education Foundation. Martin had been with the ASA Education Foundation for 12 years, serving as its Executive Director for most of his tenure. Prior to the ASA Education Foundation, Martin served as programs director for the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, where he led the development of several food safety training programs, a manager certifi cation program and a school-to-work curriculum. It was this type of extensive experience in planning, developing and marketing training programs coupled with his considerable skills in strategic direction and business management that enabled the ASA Education Foundation to grow considerably under his direction. “One of our most popular and valuable training tools, the Essentials series, was the brainchild of Paul’s. He not only conceptualized the brand but played a prominent role in the development of each of the existing four courses,” stated Michael Adelizzi, ASA’s executive vice president. “Paul has been an integral part of the success of our Foundation and the industry will benefit from his significant contributions and leadership for years to come. We wish him all the best.” Martin will tackle the next phase in his life as he has done every step of the way – with dedication and perseverance. He will continue working on a project basis for the ASA Education Foundation, initially on a new course for the Essentials brand for counter sales. He will also continue to be available to the ASA membership to help them and other distribution professionals with their training needs on a consulting basis. SAFETY RESOURCES in the PHCP & PVF industry Toolbox Talks Tips For Ensuring Proper Lighting In The Workplace Proper lighting is critical for a productive work environment. It is important that the system provides effective illumination for workers and pays attention to the relationship between optimal lighting levels and task completion. Here are some helpful tips on lighting: 1 Most offices should strive for an illumination level near 35 foot-candles; higher for paper document activities and a little lower for computer-only tasks. 2 Warehouses and manufacturing plants should keep lighting levels between 25 and 50 foot-candles. The more a facility relies on machinery and equipment to complete tasks, the higher that number should be. 3 Consider the use of indirect lighting fi xtures. Distributing light upwards and using shielded light fi xtures (diffusers, lenses, louvers, etc...) are effective in minimizing screen glare. 4 Fluorescent lighting can have a variety of colors and will affect the mood of occupants. A low-glare environment is visually comforting and it augments employee productivity and satisfaction. A bulb rated at 3200-3500 Kelvin degrees (K) is considered a “soft white” color that also decreases glare. Avoid using fl uorescent lamps that exceed 5000K for offi ces. 5 Many large facilities have installed high bay fi xtures that use 250-1000 watt metal halide HID lamps. These lamps lose lumens (light output) over time. Have a replacement schedule in place to ensure proper lighting on a continual basis. Poor lighting conditions paired with glare and frequent and/or lengthy stretches of computer work can create a multitude of physical problems that negatively impact workers. Workers in this environment can experience eye discomfort, blurred vision, headaches, and pain in the upper back, neck, and shoulders. Consider improving your environment in the following ways: 1 Move your monitor closer or change the angle and/or height of the monitor to a position that is most comfortable and minimizes screen glare. Adjust contrast and brightness on the computer if necessary. 2 Increase the font being used on computer documents. A font of 12 or higher is recommended for most people. 3 Take breaks from sitting in one spot or staring in one location for too long. 4 Get your eyes checked out by a licensed eye care professional. They may be able to diagnose a condition before it becomes severe or suggest ways to minimize its impact. 5 Check the light levels at your desk. Consider replacing old lamps, installing light controls, removing light obstructions (i.e. filing cabinets, trays, adornments, etc…), and adding supplemental lighting such as a desk light. Any of these changes can improve vision performance. Visit the Safety Resources section of www.asa.net for more information on how to ensure that your company is in compliance with OSHA.
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