Earlier this year, I embarked on several busy weeks of travel which involved representing ASA at a series of industry events throughout the country. As my predecessors as ASA president can tell you, this involves providing association updates at various regional meetings, including gatherings of the Midwest Distributors Association, the Wholesalers Association of the Northeast, the North Central Wholesalers Association, the Southern Wholesalers Association, the Western Suppliers Association and others.
What did we do without cell phones and the Internet? That thought crossed my mind New Year’s Eve night while out to dinner with family. I observed a gentleman to my left perpetually engrossed in his smartphone despite a female companion and another couple seated with him at the table.