NetworkASA 2011 ALL IN - Cashing In On The Recovery Is the theme for the American Supply Association (ASA)’s annual convention. The event will take place September 13-16 at The Bellagio in Las Vegas, NV. NetworkASA 2011 offers a whole new dimension of value for both the wholesaler and wholesaler and supplier — it is focused on keeping the attendee “ahead of the curve” when it comes to future trends in the PHCP and PVF industry. NetworkASA 2011 also offers an outstanding agenda of educational events and networking opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else. In addition to a phenomenal lineup of speakers, NetworkASA 2011 attendees will be treated to a panel discussion of leading builders in the residential, hospitality and healthcare markets regarding future business opportunities in the plumbing industry. Also, members of ASA’s Industrial Piping Division (IPD) and Plumbing Division will not want to miss their respective Open House Receptions, which provide a unique connection to industry thought leaders about the complexities facing these particular market segments. This is THE place to learn from the industry experts in an informal atmosphere. ASA has also developed a new networking event that allows manufacturers and vendors to meet and interact with their current and potential customers. The “Vendor Add-On Events” include Wholesaler and Vendor Conference Appointments and Table Top Networking Sessions, which will offer two types of interaction in the same room at different times during the event. Prior to NetworkASA 2011, channel partners will be encouraged to make formalized appointments for the “Vendor Add-On Events” so meetings can take place without interruption. Wholesalers will want to register early for NetworkASA 2011 to show manufacturers that they are ALL IN! Following is just a snapshot of the NetworkASA 2011 experience: FEATURED SPEAKERS Gene Marks Wednesday, September 14 Educational Session Gene Marks is an opinionated small business management columnist, author, speaker and business owner. His books include the #1 Amazon Small Business Best Seller, The Streetwise Small Business Book of Lists (2006) and his latest offering, In God We Trust: Everyone Else Pays Cash: Simple Lessons From Smart Business People (2010). John Foley Wednesday, September 14 Keynote Presentation John Foley is a former lead solo pilot for the famed Blue Angels flight-demonstration squadron. He is also the founder and CEO of CenterPoint Companies, which provides in-depth training on the How of High Performance™. John inspires audiences with his energy and his commitment to serving others, while also providing a unique framework that makes the How of High Performance™ possible for anyone in any organization. Brought to you by: Lowell Catlett, Ph.D. Wednesday, September 14 Industry Outlook Lowell Catlett, Ph.D. is an exciting futurist who addresses how we will eventually live and work based on his vast knowledge of various technologies. He is a consultant to the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, the Interior, Defense and Labor. He has also been a consultant to many Fortune 500 companies. Gene Simmons Wednesday, September 14 IPD Breakfast Millions of people know Gene Simmons as the rocker who demanded that we rock and roll all night and party every day. But the legendary KISS front man is more than just another music icon. He is an entrepreneur and an outside-thebox thinker who has used his creativity and never-ending drive to enjoy amazing success in all of his post-music business ventures. Chris Wallace Thursday, September 15 Future Trends Luncheon Chris Wallace is a veteran broadcast journalist and host of Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace (FNS), Fox Broadcasting Company’s Sunday morning public affairs program. He also contributes to the network’s political and election news coverage. Wallace will be providing NetworkASA 2011 attendees with a glimpse into what the future holds for our industry, for public policy and for your business. Kohler Co. Partners With Industry Leaders An important priority for any successful business as well as for the industry is to identify and connect the people who represent the next generation of leadership. ASA’s Young Executives (YE) Division is focused on developing the necessary skills and cultivating key relationships that are critical for the next generation of leadership to succeed in the industry. “Over the past four years, we have redefined the annual Spring Forum program and made the Young Executives into one of the fastest growing segments of membership in ASA,” said Dennis Crump, Chairman of ASA’s Young Execs. Instrumental to this success has been the generous support from supplier partners, including Kohler Co. For this year’s event held in late May. Nearly 60 people representing 22 wholesalers, 14 manufacturers and vendors as well as four independent manufacturer representative firms attended this year’s event in Kohler, WI. The CEO Strategist, Rick Johnson, Ph.D., helped participants understand how to create a culture that demands a sense of urgency and inspires active involvement, innovation and creativity among employees that builds mutual commitment to action. According to Jeff Worly, YE Vice Chairman, “Rick Johnson’s presentations were timely as many of us are facing today’s economic stresses and uncertain business conditions for the first time in our professional careers.” In addition to sponsoring the welcome reception, Herbert V. Kohler Jr., chairman of the board and CEO of the Kohler Co., shared a most insightful presentation during dinner, and Kohler Co. Also provided attendees with an extensive tour of its manufacturing facilities and the Design Center located in Kohler, WI. Bill Kenny, ASA President, thanked Herbert V. Kohler Jr., David Kohler, Frank Windsor and Jim Mayer for their investment in ASA and this program. “This event was an overwhelming success because of the extent to which these individuals lend Kohler Co.’s tremendous support,” Kenny said. Next year’s program is already scheduled for May 21-23, 2012, in New Orleans, LA. Complete information will be available this September at NetworkASA2011: ALL IN and www.asa.net.
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