Network '05, the first joint convention of the American Supply Association and the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association drew 1,645 participants, including 274 wholesalers, 385 contractors, and other industry professionals such as manufacturing executives and manufacturers representatives, and spouses. The event was held Sept. 7 - 10 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels in Orlando, Fla. Here are photos of some of the highlights at Network '05.

In 2006, the American Supply Association and the Plumbing- Heating-Cooling Contractors - National Association will again partner with Messe Frankfurt, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating and the Radiant Panel Association to produce ISH North America. The show will be held Sept. 28 - 30 at McCormick Place in Chicago. For more information, visit the Web site:

Inge Calderon, executive vice president of the American Supply Association, was honored at the ASA convention on her 20th year anniversary of service to the organization. Past ASA presidents assembled to congratulate her on this milestone in her career. Pictured from left to right: Ed Felten, Jack Hester, Mark Theis, Frank Finkel, Harold Williams, Inge Calderon, Robert Seiffert, Ken Perry, John Vogt, Don Maloney, Morris Cregger, Fred Keenan and Earl Zarbock. Calderon is holding one of her gifts: an album filled with photos and notes that document her years with ASA.

John M. McDonald III, chairman of Brock-McVey Co., Lexington, Ky., was presented with the Fred V. Keenan Lifetime Achievement Award. The presenters said McDonald is "highly respected for his knowledge, judgment and tremendous accomplishments. He is an industry citizen who is always willing to take on additional industry responsibilities." He served as president of the American Supply Association in 1984, wrote several how-to business books with David Weiner of Marketing Support and was active in the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Information Bureau.

Astronaut Captain Jim Lovell (right) and Apollo 13 mission controller Gene Kranz participated in a dual presentation that enthralled and inspired the audience. Afterwards, they signed copies of their books.

The Association of Independent Manufacturers'/Representatives presented its Golden Eagle award to R. Bruce Carnevale, vice president of sales at Bradford White Corp. The award recognizes a manufacturing executive who is most supportive of the use of manufacturer's representatives. This marks the third time a member of Bradford White's management team has been so honored. The two previous Bradford White honorees were A. Robert Carnevale in 1993 and Nicholas J. Giuffre in 1998.

"Building The Chain: Creating A Culture Of Trust In The Supply Chain" was the title of the panel discussion that involved representatives from all sectors of the industry: contractors, wholesalers, manufacturers and manufacturers reps. Shown here, left to right, are two wholesalers and a manufacturers rep who were among the panelists: Jeff Clyne, president, Hughes Supply Co., Orlando, Fla.; Don Maloney, president, Coburn Supply Co., Beaumont, Texas; and Jay Schechter, president, Focus Sales LLC.