Articles by Mike Miazga

The next generations, new leaders and the economy

Lots to talk about.
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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Doctors read medical journals to learn about new treatments and technologies, baseball players study each other to pick up tips to help their games and it seems around every corner there is an opportunity to enhance one’s cooking repertoire.


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Homegrown talent at Southern Wholesalers Association

Coley Herrin will be Southern Wholesalers Association’s first president to rise through its young leaders program.
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Coley Herringot his start in the plumbing business at the young age of 12. Herrin, now president and COO of Lawrenceville, Ga.-based wholesaler Plumbing Distributors Inc., helped out at his father Jimmy’s plumbing contracting company (Herrin Plumbing). 


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Best practices panel discussions highlight 2013 SWA Convention

The floor is yours.
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Last year, Southern Wholesalers Association conducted a pair of best practices panel discussions at its annual convention that featured distributors and manufacturers discussing hot-button industry topics.  


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Quarterly PVF Roundtable meetings soar in popularity

Destination Houston for PVF Roundtable.
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 On a late Tuesday afternoon last October, the front hallway of the Houston Engineering and Scientific Society Club was packed with people standing nearly shoulder-to-shoulder. 


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ISH China breaks records

Asia’s largest HVAC and sanitation trade show filled with progressive products and technologies.
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 Visitors looking for the latest heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and sanitation products and technologies at the 2013 ISH China & CIHE show didn’t leave the New China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing disappointed. 


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Supply House Times Profile: Sioux Chief’s Rex Baer

Baer says product innovation and listening to the customer are key company staples.
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Ed Ismert, Jr., started plumbing product manufacturer Sioux Chief in 1957 as a way to smooth the boom-bust housing cycle his plumbing wholesale supply company experienced. Nearly six decades later, Sioux Chief, still run by the Ismert family, continues to thrive as an American manufacturer of a wide variety of plumbing installation products. 


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How strong are your negotiating skills?

We have a deal.
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The process of buying a car isn’t likely to make too many people’s Top 10 list of things to do.

Over the years, I’ve had mixed success in negotiating the purchase price of a car. The first new car I bought featured contentious negotiations to the point of me yelling and getting up and leaving. I still bought the car, but didn’t get the price I wanted. 


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Main Line Supply founder remembered for his hard work and giving ways

When he was younger, Chad Kroger would run into a familiar face while working summers in the warehouse at Dayton, Ohio-based industrial pipe, valve and fittings wholesaler Main Line Supply.
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When he was younger, Chad Krogerwould run into a familiar face while working summers in the warehouse at Dayton, Ohio-based industrial pipe, valve and fittings wholesaler Main Line Supply.


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Family-run businesses remain an important part of our industry

A family-run businesses are for generations to come.
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At some point, we’ve all had interactions with family-run businesses.
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2013 Manufacturers Rep of the Year: Spirit Group

Orlando, Fla.-based agency covers all bases when it comes to superior customer service.
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A strong mix of industry veterans and talented newcomers committed to a team concept, coupled with key technology and training advances position Spirit Group as a market leader in Florida and is the basis for the 20-year-old company being named the 2013 Supply House Times Manufacturers Representative of the Year.
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BNP Media’s Plumbing Group, comprised of the Plumbing & Mechanical, Supply House Times, PM Engineer (pme) and Reeves Journal brands, recently visited Grundfos’ new North American headquarters building in the western Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, Ill.

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