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ASA Members Make Generous Contribution
American Supply Association

Left to right: Jennifer Hulick, Business Development Team Manager, Gerber; Amanda Hanlon, Marketing Services Manager, Gerber; Michael Werner, President and CEO, Gerber; Bill Erfort, Member Services Manager, ASA; Mike Adelizzi, Executive Vice President, ASA.

On Oct. 3, ASA presented a $25,150 check to Operation Rise & Conquer having received donations from many ASA members. The mission is to empower our nation's most deserving citizens so that they might regain confidence and trust in themselves and others after having been wounded in the line of duty. The highly personalized nature of this program makes it a particularly powerful and transformational experience for each veteran. Launched just over a year ago, Gerber/Danze CEO, Michael Werner, has been the driving force behind starting the charity, which has raised nearly $100,000 to sponsor 30 soldiers. ASA's Young Executives Division has spearheaded the association's fundraising efforts since its annual Spring Forum in May.
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Hanes Brands Executive to Discuss Mentoring with Women in Industry
American Supply Association
Annamarie S. D'Souza, VP HR, Global C&B, HRIM and Corp Admin for Hanes Brands Inc., will discuss "Advancing Your Career Through Mentoring" during ASA's Women in Industry Division webinar at 3 p.m. CST Oct. 21. D'Souza will provide Division members advice on career goals and advancement strategies, how to speed up the learning process involving technical as well as social-managerial skills and increase their visibility and exposure in the workplace. Division members will also learn encouragement and confrontation techniques as well as other vital mentoring "skills for success." This webinar is open to all ASA Women in Industry Division members and is FREE of charge. Webinar login credentials will be provided upon registration. REGISTER NOW
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National Fire Prevention Week 2014
American Supply Association
This week is National Fire Prevention Week, which was established by the National Fire Protection Association to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. This year's message is: Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month! No matter what business you are in, fire is an ever present danger and should be dealt with accordingly. Responding appropriately in a fire emergency begins by educating personnel on fire safety. ASA University offers two great fire safety courses: Fire Prevention and Protection and OSHA — Fire Safety. Remember the first step to protection is prevention.
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WANE Announces 2015 Board of Directors
Wholesalers Association of the North East
The Wholesalers Association of the North East, Inc. held its Annual Meeting & Reception Sept. 9 in conjunction with NetworkASA2014 in Las Vegas. Nearly 80 people representing 40 different distributor and associate members convened to elect the association's 2015 board of directors. Subsequently, the newly elected board of directors held its annual meeting via conference call Sept. 25 to elect the officers and confirm various appointments. Domenic Messina with Peabody Supply Co., a division of Hajoca, will serve as the association's president; Gary Jones with Eastern Pennsylvania Supply Co. will serve as vice president and Rob Seiffert, V., with Rochester Windustrial will serve as treasurer. WANE represents ASA's Region 5. For a complete roster of volunteer leaders, click here.
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    "It's simple - ASA helps us succeed. As an 82-year-old company committed to plumbing professionals, Gerber is made stronger through our ASA Gold-Level Supplier Partnership. Our people are strengthened through participation in ASA University programs, and our relationships with customers grow as we spend time together at Network. We can also plan more effectively by leveraging ASA's Industry Forecasts, and we know that ASA represents us well in Washington through advocacy."Michael Werner, Gerber Plumbing Fixtures LLC
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MwDA Annual Meeting & Dinner on Nov. 3
Midwest Distributors Association
The Midwest Distributors Association will host its 2014 Annual Meeting & Dinner on Nov. 3 at Ditka's Restaurant in Oak Brook Terrace, Illinois. Matthew Carmichael, author of the book, "BUYographics," and the editor and vice president of, has accepted our invitation to share his research and findings about how demographic and economic changes will reinvent the ways marketers reach customers. All MwDA members as well as channel partners from throughout the Midwest are strongly encouraged to participate. Click here for complete details; the deadline to RSVP is Oct. 27.
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Let's Learn From Leaders With These 5 Qualities
American Supply Association
I, Dirk Beveridge, did a lot of thinking and looked at the attendees from past summits and those who have registered today. And beyond a shadow of a doubt, what gets me so jazzed up about this 48-hour summit is these shared five qualities of attendees: Intellectual - They are always learning; Big Thinkers - They wake up every day wanting to accomplish bold things. I think, ASA members are future leaders who possess these qualities. See the remaining three qualities, and immerse yourself into the most amazing 17-speaker lineup you will experience for 2014.
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Read the Latest from Morris Beschloss on USA Today
American Supply Association
This week's news: Will America's Superb Shale Oil Development be Matched in Other Parts of the World? (The Desert Sun)

Want to read more from Beschloss? Click here to go to USA Today for a full archive of past articles.

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Importance of Employee Training: 6 Reasons Why it Saves You Money
Business 2 Community
If you were given the choice between two different pilots — one was trained, the other not — which one would you choose? But what if there was no "up-front" cost for the untrained pilot? You still wouldn't do it? Yet many business owners do not recognize the importance of employee training. Most business managers wouldn't hire unqualified employees. But so many of them do employ underqualified workers.
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Warehouse Automation: Risk And Reward
Industrial Distribution
Warehouse automation can provide your company with a multitude of advantages, especially when it comes to workplace safety. It can eliminate risks, decrease injuries and cut down on tasks that could expose employees to injuries. However, it's not as simple as flipping a switch. You can't set it and forget it, because there are certain risks that come along with the automation process.
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