The American Supply Association and the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors National Association are once again joining forces for Network '06, scheduled for Sept. 26-30 at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago.

James Bradley (pictured), author of “Flags of Our Fathers,” will give the opening keynote address, 9-10:30 a.m., Sept. 27. Bradley's book tells the story behind the most iconic image of World War II: six soldiers raising the American flag during the Battle of Iwo Jima. Bradley's father, John, was one of those men. Bradley's book has been turned into a movie directed by Clint Eastwood.

Oceanographer Dr. Robert D. Ballard will present the keynote address, 9-10:30 a.m., Sept. 29. Ballard has conducted more than 100 deep-sea expeditions, but is best known for finding the wreck of the Titanic in 1985.

Among the topics to be covered at the ASA portion of the event are:

“China: Friend or Foe?” by Brian Beaulier, Institute for Trend Research; “Customer Profitability…More to Your Bottom Line” by Brent Grover, Evergreen Consulting; “Getting the Most from your Showroom Sales” by David Lyon, industry consultant; “Don't Leave Profit on the Table” by Tom Noon, Industry Insights; “Human Resources Best Practices” a panel discussion; and “Mergers and Acquisitions: What Everyone Should Know” by Brent Grover, Evergreen Consulting.

The ISH North America trade show, with displays from more than 500 manufacturers, opens Sept. 28 at McCormick Place. For more information,