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Mike Miazga: In Closing

Commentary from the editor of Supply House Times.

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Young executives are part of a bright industry future

Youth served.
April 11, 2014

During my working years, I always have been one of the younger employees at jobs I’ve held. I barely was old enough to vote at my first regular job that took me through my last semester of high school and all four years of college.


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There’s good news for the PVF industry

Be prepared for even more industrial PVF growth.
March 13, 2014

In my report on the recent winter PVF Roundtable meeting in Houston, Supply House Times columnist and ASA Industry Analyst Morrie Beschloss used the signature sign-on line from World War II-era radio commentator Gabriel Heatter to describe the outlook for the industrial PVF industry.


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Master distributors are seizing the opportunity

Master distributors are putting themselves in a position to thrive.
February 11, 2014

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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Looking forward in the new year

Signs point to another improving year.
January 16, 2014

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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Take it to the bank

There never is a shortage of good advice in this industry.
December 16, 2013

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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Exciting times at NetworkASA 2013

NetworkASA 2013 was memorable on numerous fronts.
November 26, 2013

With Halloween having recently passed, I recall as a child going to a haunted house at our town’s American Legion hall. While other children were screaming, I looked at the costumed American Legion worker holding a fake chainsaw and gave him a “come on, now” look as I shook my head and walked away.


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How strong are your negotiating skills?

We have a deal.
July 12, 2013

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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Family-run businesses remain an important part of our industry

A family-run businesses are for generations to come.
June 19, 2013
At some point, we’ve all had interactions with family-run businesses.
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From Success to Significance

Industry veteran Don Arnold makes a difference in Africa.
April 12, 2013
As I was driving to the store recently, a green-living commercial on the radio caught my attention.
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Brains behind the operation

Understanding neuroscience can boost sales.
March 12, 2013
“You’re going to like the way you look. I guarantee it.”
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April 2014

2014 April

In the April issue of Supply House Times, there is much focus on young professionals in the distribution industry. Find out who is being recognized as this year's Young Executives for the American Supply Association and read who will be taking over Aaron & Co. when it's current owners retire. Read about Central Plumbing Specialties' recent expansion, catch up on the latest news from the distribution industry as well as the latest products!
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