Articles by Mike Miazga

Master distributors are seizing the opportunity

Master distributors are putting themselves in a position to thrive.

One of my three beagle dogs recently lost a portion of her ear after an attack by a neighborhood dog. Fenway (my wife’s a huge Red Sox fan; we had another beagle named Boston) had to undergo emergency surgery to save/reconstruct the ear.


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ASA Roundtable 2013: Part 2

PHCP distributors discuss staff growth, e-commerce issues, buying groups and ASA’s value in the second of a two-part series.

In last month’s issue, a panel of leading PHCP executives made its feelings known on a variety of issues related to government regulation and how the current political climate is affecting the industry. In the second of this two-part series, the group delves into issues related to the everyday workings of its companies, including staff growth, e-commerce and attracting young talent into the industry.


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For Team Alloys owner Bill Bootz, employees and customers mean everything

Team Alloys shows what a true master distributor can really do.

Bill Bootz, owner of Houston-based industrial PVF master distributor Team Alloys, didn’t know much about the business when he first started as an outside salesman back in the 1980s. “My first sales call to SMS of Texas was on Sept. 18, 1989,” he recalls in vivid detail. “They told me my price was higher than domestic. I said, ‘What’s domestic?’ I knew absolutely nothing about the business — completely zero.”


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Master distributors continue to play a key role in the industry

Master distributors starting to rise in importance.

Trends and forecasts always are frequent topics of discussion in the PHCP/PVF industry. That definitely holds true for the master distribution end of the equation. A group of master distribution executives recently spoke with Supply House Times on a variety of topics related to their companies’ roles in the industry.


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ASA Roundtable 2013: Part 1

PHCP distributors talk about the economy, health care and e-commerce in the first of a two-part series.

Now more than ever, legislative and regulatory decisions play a major role in the way PHCP and PVF distributors conduct business. A blue-chip panel of distributors had plenty to say about that and many other hot-button topics during an exclusive roundtable interview conducted by Supply House Times and the American Supply Association during NetworkASA 2013 at the Renaissance Marriott DC Downtown Hotel in Washington.


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KBIS and IBS hope to be bigger and better

Optimism abounds for first combined KBIS-IBS show in Las Vegas.

If the preshow buzz is any indication, the co-locating of the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and the International Builders’ Show already is a smash hit. The two major industry trade shows go under the same roof for the first time Feb. 4-6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center as part of what is being billed as Design & Construction Week.


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Looking forward in the new year

Signs point to another improving year.

I trust everybody had a fun and safe holiday season. I know some folks north of the border certainly enjoyed theirs thanks to some outstanding customer service. Canadian airline WestJet had a virtual Santa ask passengers at airports in Toronto and Hamilton what they wanted for Christmas. Once those planes took off, WestJet employees went on a shopping spree and delivered the specific presents to those same passengers when they arrived at baggage claim in Calgary.


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Winning formula for Equity Plumbing buying group

Equity Plumbing buying group excited about its future.

The Equity Plumbing buying group celebrated its fifth anniversary earlier this year and recently held its well-attended first annual national meeting.


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Take it to the bank

There never is a shortage of good advice in this industry.

Back in my middle- and high-school days I was caught more than once substituting the sports page of the Chicago Tribune for a textbook. Three decades later I’ve fully embraced Twitter as a one-stop-shop for learning new things.


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The Global Group of Companies takes master distribution to the next level

One stop PVF at the Global Group of Companies.

In the ever-evolving world of master distribution, anything a company can do to gain efficiencies can be a game-changer.


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