As another year comes to a close, I cannot help but to look back and reflect on how resilient and successful our association was during another year of disruption. For a second straight year, our world struggled with a worldwide pandemic and unprecedented supply chain disruption. But one thing remains constant. Our association and our dedicated volunteer leaders continue to be the voice of hope for a stronger future for our industry.
It’s easy to rest on your laurels when things are going well. Some may not think to stretch your organization out of fear that you will get in the way of a “good thing.” Remember the old adage — “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
As the industry’s only national trade association, the American Supply Association is uniquely positioned to be the voice of the industry. With that comes the responsibility to want the ball when it comes to advocating positions that will benefit our members and the industry as a whole.
Joining a national association and adding your name to those that give of their company to build a stronger industry and stronger future is not life-threatening by any means. No one is shooting at us and our lives aren’t at risk.
Yes, I want to give back to the industry. Yes, I want to have my voice heard on the “big” issues. But probably the biggest reason is that through ASA, I have the opportunity to interact with other distributors, and I get to learn what sets highly successful business owners apart from everyone else.
I recently came across an interesting webinar that caused me to think about the mindset of running your business as if you were preparing to sell it. That’s probably controversial to some readers! Some owners might initially take a defensive posture, “I’m not selling. Why would I think that way?”
Our industry is built on strong business relationships and strong friendships. This is why I believe NETWORK2021 in Las Vegas from Nov. 9-11 is sure to be a fun, family reunion and a great time for you to connect and re-engage.
The focus of WII is empowering women by providing them with the opportunity to connect — through practical guidance, direction and education to reach their individual and company’s professional goals. Even more important, WII has become a great example that we can display to women who are considering joining our industry of the exciting careers that are being built by women in our industry.