ASA President’s Letter-February 2014

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ASA President’s Letter-February 2014

Dear ASA Member:

As you may have heard, ASA has renamed its annual convention to SUBExcel. The new name captures the essence that ASA helps subcontractors excel in their businesses. So much of SUBExcel 2014, which will take place March 6-8 in New Orleans, will focus on achieving excellence.

There is the opening general session on March 6 on “Developing a Culture of Leadership, Communication, Pride, Trust, Teamwork and Personal Responsibility” presented by keynote speaker Bruce Wilkinson. On March 6 and 7, FMI’s Gregg Schoppman will present education modules focusing on applying current trends to your business, making innovation part of your strategic plan, creating operational excellence, developing world-class talent, improving business development and sales, and creating a world-class strategic plan. Also on March 6, ASA Chief Advocacy Officer E. Colette Nelson will present “There Ought to Be a Law,” examining how to change a law to protect subcontractors’ rights to equitable risk and prompt payment. On March 8, EC Concrete’s owners, Greg and Stevan Schwartzenberger, will illustrate how they carry on the family business that their father, Greg Schwartzenberger Sr., founded in the workshop, “EC Concrete: A Family Business.” And finally on March 8, Gregory Caruso of Harvest Business Advisors will present “How to Complete a Successful Family Ownership Transition.” Even the new association management courses for chapter leaders focus on achieving excellence!

I’m very excited about this year’s education workshops and sessions. A lot of hard work has gone into finding fantastic speakers and planning this terrific education program. I’m also thrilled about the networking and social events that have been planned for New Orleans!

I’d like to personally invite you to the President’s Welcome Reception, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 5. I’ll be hosting this reception in the Riverview Room at the top of the New Orleans Marriott with spectacular views of the Mississippi River and the city at night.

There will be many more networking and social breaks, of course, and each provides a great opportunity to visit with colleagues, start new business relationships and discuss important topics, such as the latest news about OSHA’s proposed silica rule, the recent Texas Supreme Court decision in the Ewing case preventing the erosion of CGL coverage and the U.S. Supreme Court ruling preserving state construction forum-selection laws — to name but a few!

I’d also like to take the opportunity to encourage you to register your spouse for this year’s convention. (Your spouse’s registration includes a city tour and cooking class in addition to admittance to all of the social functions, education sessions, and other meetings. If you plan to forgo registration for your spouse, individual tickets may be purchased separately for the city tour, cooking class and the banquet dinner.)

The annual business meeting will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 8.

And finally, we’ll bring the event to a close with a festive Banquet Reception & Dinner at Arnaud’s Restaurant beginning at 7:00 p.m. on March 8.

Please note that the Feb. 11, 2014, early-bird deadline is less than two weeks away! Visit the convention Web site, SUBExcel 2014, for a complete schedule of activities and other information. On the site, you can register securely online — or complete a printable registration form and email it — and reserve your hotel room. You can also read the convention brochure and watch a jazzy new video about the convention!

I’m looking forward to meeting you and your spouse in New Orleans!


Jack Austhof
2013-14 ASA President

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