Dear Industry Colleagues,
A bonus to serving as the president of ASA is I’ve been able to travel the
country, speaking to distributors from many different geographic regions and
talking to the manufacturers who serve them. On one hand, it’s very reaffirming
to see the dedication and determination of the people who make up our great
industry. On the other, seeing how the country’s economic situation and
government climate are affecting ASA’s members is distressing. As your national trade
association, ASA has been working tirelessly on behalf of our interests in Washington, D.C.
However, no matter how many coalitions ASA participates in, how much
legislation it champions, or how diligently it lobbies, it can’t do it without
support - your support.
Election Day is now weeks away. There has never been a greater need for ASA
members to vote and inspire those around you to vote as well. Employees,
friends, family - everyone whose lives are touched by the welfare of your
business needs to understand why their votes matter. A vote for a smaller,
less-intrusive government that is pro-business and fiscally responsible is a
vote in support of your company and the future of our country’s economic
If there’s anything I’ve learned in running a business during the last 18
months it’s that we need to change direction in Washington, D.C. We run the
budgets in our businesses and our families within our means. We need government
leaders who do the same with the national budget. Priorities should be placed
on decisions that promote our accomplishments and generosity as a country. The good of the hard-working Americans who
are the fabric of this society must be put ahead of election concerns or
We are blessed that the United States has the strength and principles of our
Constitution by which we are guided and provided rights that other nations only
dream to achieve someday. Many, many men and women have sacrificed their lives
in the name of freedom and in defense of these rights. We honor what they
fought for - yesterday, today and in the future - when we exercise our right to
elect our leaders and direct our nation’s future.
ASA is the voice of the industry. We will continue our efforts to establish a
full-time presence in Washington,
D.C., to ensure that the PHCP and
PVF industry is on the front lines, addressing issues and promoting positive
legislation and regulatory common sense.
Now, follow ASA’s lead and be the voice of your company.
It’s time to spread the word. Tell everyone you know why this is such an
important year to vote. Tell them about the difference your business makes
through the people it employs, the contributions it makes to the community and
the industry it supports. Encourage them to recall the words we all learned as
children and consider what it means to them today: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the
United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation
under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Then,
ask them to vote in November and set the path for a prosperous America.
Letter From The ASA President: A Call To Action
September 1, 2010