Trade associations have so much going on it’s risky to shine a spotlight on any single thing. But I’ll walk on that wild side by saying potentially the most significant development at the 39th Annual Convention of the American Supply Association was a sneak peek at “Fast Track,” a new educational tool set for debut in January 2009.
“Fast Track” was developed by the ASA Education Foundation to teach employees how products are used in their applications. The first module presents a 3-D schematic showing how products are used in a typical single-family home. By clicking on various rooms in the house, students will be able to examine how products are installed, what they’re used for and how they work with other components of an overall system. Additional modules to come will cover commercial and industrial applications.
Besides a training tool, Fast Track is envisioned as a sales aid to help salespeople explain to customers how products and systems operate. It will be especially helpful in overcoming language barriers.
A New BeginningASA’s 2009 Convention, slated for Oct. 14-17 in Washington, D.C., will be the first in quite a few years not held in partnership with PHCC-NA. Organizers are billing the gathering as “NetworkASA” and will introduce what they call the “Industry Interchange” as an alternative to the traditional trade show or conference booth program.
Details are still being ironed out, butSupply House Timeshas learned that an effort is underway to capitalize on the venue in our nation’s capital by tying the event to some concerted government action activities. An ASA officer told me they are counting on “something completely different,” and they would welcome suggestions from the membership about ways to make next year’s event most meaningful.
ASA's 2009 OfficersChairman- Jeff New(Mid-City Supply, Elkhart, IN)
President- Joe Poehling (First Supply LLC, Madison, WI)
President-elect- Frank Nisonger(Slakey Brothers, Sacramento, CA)
Vice Presidents- Robert Christiansen (Chris-More, Memphis, TN) ; Frank Finkel (Davis & Warshow, Maspeth, NY) ; Richard Schwartz (WinWholesale, Dayton, OH) ; Robert Vick (Legend Valve, Birmingham, AL) ; Scott Weaver (APR Supply, Lebanon, PA) ; Mark Whittington (Elkay Manufacturing, Oak Brook, IL) .
Treasurer- William Kenny (Kenny Pipe & Supply, Nashville, TN) .
Secretary- Michael Adelizzi (American Supply Association, Chicago, IL) .