ASA University Training Resource To Be Unveiled At NetworkASA 2011 Having a working and consistent training program is a fundamental element of a highly profitable company. Starting, developing and maintaining any training program may seem difficult and unachievable, but not any longer. Through the new ASA University, brought to you by the ASA Education Foundation, companies will now have the ability to train their employees in a turn-key and cost-effective manner.The wait is over! The College of Leadership and the College of Sales will be introduced to the industry Sept. 14 during ASA’s Member Lunch program in Las Vegas. The ASA Education Foundation began the ASA University initiative late in 2009 in response to the overwhelming need for training programs within our industry companies. The fully developed competency models and curricula tracks will provide easy-to-use solutions to begin and integrate training and education. ASA University would not be possible without the tireless support of industry experts and the ASA Education Foundation Board of Trustees. We especially thank these individuals who volunteered their time and experience to develop a tool that will be useful to everyone in the PHCP/Industrial PVF Industry: COLLEGE OF SALES/SALES MANAGEMENT Doug Dillon, Dean Kohler Co. Brian Burke Burke Agency Alan Cohen Davis & Warshow Jennifer Lee Lee Supply Corp. Joe Maiale InSinkErator John Speer First Supply LLC COLLEGE OF LEADERSHIP/EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT Ron Black, Dean Southern Pipe & Supply Co. Marion Henry WinWholesale John Martin Anvil International Ruth Martin F. W. Webb Co. Brendan Monaghan F. W. Webb Co. Pam Mouton Coburn Supply Co. Angie Visner Etna Supply Co. George Yezbak Murray Supply Co. The three remaining Colleges covering Purchasing/Inventory, Warehouse Operations and Business are currently under development and will be available in 2012. Visit www.asa.net to find out more and access ASA University. ASA Announces Nick Giuffre As 2011 Recipient Of Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award Honor will be presented at NetworkASA 2011. The ASA Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Nick Giuffre, president and CEO of Bradford White Corp., has been selected to receive the honor of the Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award. The honor will be presented during the ASA Annual Meeting and Member Lunch at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 14, as part of the ASA’s Annual Convention, NetworkASA 2011, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Bradford White became Giuffre’s first employer shortly after his graduation from college. His career started in the service department and eventually led him to roles as national service manager and national warranty administrator. Soon after, he was promoted and moved to inside sales. This move launched a very successful sales career. During the next five years he was sales administrator, pricing administrator and assistant to the vice president of sales. His business acumen quickly launched him into several leadership roles within the company. In 1997, he was promoted to vice president of sales, won the coveted AIM/R Golden Eagle Award and in 2003 he was named executive vice president. In August 2008, he was named president and chief operating officer, and soon after he became president and CEO. “Nick Giuffre has been actively giving back to our industry for over 30 years,” ASA Executive Vice President Mike Adelizzi said. “He is always one of the fist to volunteer, even before he is asked. He has been involved in many of ASA’s committees and task forces over the years, and currently serves as chairman of the ASA Education Foundation Endowment Fund Investment Committee as well as being a member of both our Vendor Member Division and Plumbing Division Executive Councils.” In addition to having a strong involvement with ASA, Giuffre is also a longtime supporter of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors, having been active with both the Pennsylvania state organization and national organization for the majority of his career. The Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award honors an individual’s contributions to, and achievements in, the PHCP/PVF industry. It is named for its first recipient, Fred V. Keenan of Keenan Supply/Hajoca Corp. Past recipients include Karl Neupert, Ed Felten, John McDonald III, John Martin and Frank Finkel.Criteria for the award include a career of service in the PHCP/PVF industry, personal influence on the current status of the channel, a history of dedicated service to ASA and the ASA Education Foundation, projection of a positive industry image and a positive effect on the industry in general. This award is not an annual award but is given at the discretion of the ASA’s Executive Committee, which regularly reviews nominations made from within the PHCP/PVF industry. ASA Announces Morris R. Beschloss As Recipient of IPD Award of Excellence Honor will be presented at NetworkASA 2011. The Executive Council of ASA’s Industrial Piping Division is pleased to announce that Morris R. Beschloss has been selected to receive the honor of the 2011 IPD Award of Excellence. The award will be presented during the Weldbend IPD Breakfast, to be held at 6:45 a.m. Sept. 15, as part of ASA’s Annual Convention, NetworkASA 2011, at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Beschloss is a well-known industry leader who has provided extensive guidance to members of the U.S. PVF industry for more than 50 years. In addition to growing several private firms, he was a four-year president of the Valve Manufacturer’s Association, in which time the group’s membership increased from 20 to 65. He also expanded the group’s membership to include ball and butterfly valve manufacturers, as well as producers of actuators, operators and associated fl ow control devices. Having become the youngest member of the VMA Board of Directors in 1962, he was instrumental in working with distributorship organizations, becoming one of the four architects who founded ASA’s Industrial Piping Division. Beschloss became a director of the Pipe-Valve-Fitting Roundtable, and he was recently awarded the group’s first and only Director Emeritus Award. He is a frequent speaker and lecturer to a variety of PHCP groups and writes a monthly column, PVF on the Pulse, for The Wholesaler and PHC News. He also publishes a bimonthly newsletter, The Beschloss Perspective, and a daily economic blog that can be found at www.theworldreport.org. “Morrie Beschloss has demonstrated the ultimate in leadership and dedication to the industry that is required of a recipient of the IPD Award of Excellence,” stated Pat Adams, ASA Industrial Piping Division chairman and president of MKS Pipe & Valve Co. “His willingness to share knowledge coupled with his influence within our industry has allowed ASA’s Industrial Piping Division to grow into the powerful group it is today.” The IPD Award of Excellence was established in 2008 to honor a member of ASA’s Industrial Piping Division for achievement specifically related to the industrial and mechanical PVF segment of the industry. Criteria for the award include a record of significant accomplishment in the PVF industry with overall influence on the current status of the channel, a history of dedicated service to the IPD, an active participant in the division’s activities and a positive industry image as well as a positive impact on the industry overall. This award is not intended to be annual, but it is given at the discretion of the IPD Executive Council. The IPD Executive Council regularly solicits nominations from ASA’s IPD members. Previous recipients include Tim Arenberg, Gary Cartwright and Donald R. McNeeley. Foot Protection The foot is a valuable part of your body which may be subjected to injury in the industry. Because of potential hazards in the workplace, it is important that you discuss with your supervisor the safety shoe, boot or other protective equipment that you need for your protection and that is required by your employer. Protective footwear is essential to ensure safe and healthy feet. Safety shoes and boots protect your feet, help prevent injuries to them and reduce the severity of injuries that do occur in the workplace.There are several factors that determine what type of footwear is appropriate for you. Factors to consider in selection of a shoe includes (1) job activity; (2) equipment handled; (3) potential hazards present in the workplace; and (4) requirements for the position. What’s your type? There are several types of safety boots made for workers operating under specific conditions: • High-cut: protect feet and ankles from sparks, molten metals and chemicals; • Steel toe, reinforced safety toe or reinforced toecap: cushion feet in case of contact with heavy materials; • Reinforced metal soles: protect feet against punctures from nails, screws or scrap metal; • Steel mid-soles: protect feet against puncture from sharp objects; • Non-slip soles (rubber or wooden): protects from slipping on wet surfaces, snow or ice; • Insulated footwear: protect feet against extremely cold temperatures; • Metal-free footwear: worn when working around electricity; • Treated footwear: protect against chemicals. The right fit for you. In addition to safety, you want comfort also. When making a selection: • Walk around to ensure comfort; • Examine toe room – there should be one-half to one inch from the big toe to the front of the shoe.Make sure you try the shoe on with your heavy work socks or arch supports in place; • When laced completely, the boot should fit snugly around the heel and ankle. Keep them like new To get the most out of your safety footwear, immediately after purchase, apply a water-resistant protective coating and regularly check for wear and tear to ensure your feet are always fully protected. Please visit the Safety Resources section of www.asa.net for more safety articles and Toolbox Talks.
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