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Building One Future is a pioneering, strategic, and holistic process that engages the wisdom and passions of ASA volunteers to define ASA’s future.

Age Of Rapid Change

As ASA strives to be indispensable to achieving prosperity in our industry, we acknowledge that disruptive technology, social shifts, political and economic headwinds, environmental and other trends are changing the way business is done.  Leadership of the association is using this acknowledged disruptive environment to advance deep thinking and planning focused on Building One Future.

Building

The process will define the strategic direction and priorities for ASA to construct its path forward.  A foundation built from the diversity yet shared aspirations of ASA membership will be leveraged to identify key opportunities for ASA to create value for its members in this age of rapid change.

One

As the organization representing and organizing the industry under a national arm, this process of defining ASA’s strategic plan will be laser focused on establishing mutual alignment and commitment of ASA, its members, and the industry at large.

Future

While the past will always be honored, the process will concentrate on creating a relevant tomorrow for ASA. The future of ASA members – their relevance, sustainability, and profitability will be at the core of the strategic planning process. Creating value for the member of the future will illuminate ASA’s path forward.

Volunteer Resources

Build For Tomorrow

Email One Video

Innovative Mindset

Email Two Assessment

Find Your Next

Email Three Video

Building One Future

Email Four Story

Volunteer Resource Manual – Now Available!

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Dirk's Strategic Planning Session Slides

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Winter Leadership Schedule

Wednesday, February 7th

1:30–5:00PM  »  Registration  |  Cleito & Ares Foyer

Please collect your name badge(s) & materials for the event

1:30–3:30PM  »  ASA Executive Committee Meeting  |  Cleito & Ares Room

3:30–4:30PM  » New Leader Orientation  |  Hera 1 & 2 Room

By invitation only for new volunteer leaders serving on ASA’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee & Special Interest Division Executive Councils

6:00–7:00PM  »  Welcome Reception  |  Athletic Gardens

All attendees, volunteer leaders, spouses & guests are invited to attend

Thursday, February 8th

7:30–8:30AM  »  Past Chairmen’s Meeting  |  Hera 1 & 2 Room

Breakfast will be served

7:30–8:30AM  »  Attendee Breakfast  |  Grand Ballroom C

All attendees, volunteer leaders, spouses & guests are invited to attend

8:30–12:00PM  »  Strategic Planning Session I  |  Grand Ballroom B

All volunteer leaders are anticipated to attend

 

8:30–10:00: Winning In The Age of Rapid Change

During our morning session we will focus on the output from the Two Think Tanks leading up to the Winter Meeting.  Over the last sixty days five industry leaders met in Chicago to explore the criticality of the Building One Future strategic planning process.  Their thinking has been documented and will be shared during this session.

 

10:00–12:00: Identifying The Most Significant Trends

The second half of the session will focus on the volunteers identifying the top ten trends that will impact ASA member businesses over the next ten years.  Special emphasis will be on identifying those trends members will need to develop solutions, capabilities, and/or new models to survive and thrive in the age of rapid change.

Friday, February 9th

7:00–7:30AM  »  Attendee Breakfast  |  Grand Ballroom C

All attendees, volunteer leaders, spouses & guests are invited to attend

7:30–11:00AM  »  Strategic Planning Session II  |  Grand Ballroom B

All volunteer leaders are anticipated to attend

  

7:30–9:30AM:  Early Adopter & Progressive Business Future Needs

Friday morning will begin with a deep dive into the spectrum of ASA distribution membership with a special focus on the Early Adopter’s and Progressive & Entrepreneurially led businesses.  We will identify potential gaps in our member’s capabilities to perform at these levels and then prioritize those areas that ASA could potentially create relevant solutions to help member companies more quickly transform.

 

9:30–11:00:  ASA’s Strategic Focus – 2019 and Beyond

Our final session will be focused on identifying and prioritizing three to five strategic initiatives that ASA will be tasked with developing solutions our members need.  These initiatives will be focused on mission critical and relevant needs of our members that can be addressed most effectively by ASA rather than members on their own.  For each of these three to five strategic initiatives, strategic guidance will be defined by the volunteers.

11:00–12:00PM  »  ASA Board of Directors Meeting  |  Hera 1 & 2 Room

Members of the Board are anticipated to attend

All other volunteer leaders are invited to attend

7:00–11:00PM  »  Reception & Dinner  |  The Baths Colonnade

All attendees, volunteer leaders, spouses & guests are invited to attend

About Your Facilitator

Dirk Beveridge is the author of the NAW Institute For Distribution Excellence INNOVATE! How Successful Distributors Lead Change In Disruptive Times and the founder of UnleashWD, the only innovation summit for distributors. He is the leading advocate for change and innovation throughout distribution and speaks to hundreds of organizations each year. His presentations are unparalleled delivering original, proven, and often disruptive thinking.

Quick Resources

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Please Take Note

Location:  Nassau International Airport is located 18 miles from the Atlantis Resort. Cab service is available to the resort or you may choose to rent a car.

Dress Code:  Resort Casual, the climate in the Bahamas is sub-tropical. Average temperatures range between 70 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wi-Fi:  Wifi in both sleeping rooms and the Conference Centre are included in the resort fee each guests pays per night. Guest enters their last name and room # to gain access.

Spouse/Companion Information: We welcome spouses/companions to join us for the reception on Wednesday evening, the breakfasts on Thursday and Friday morning, and Friday’s closing reception and dinner.

More details available in the Important Info download above.

Preliminary Think Tanks

The following industry leaders met on November 16 and again on January 9 to set the initial direction for the Building One Future process.  Their preliminary work will be detailed on Day One of The Winter Meeting.

Bill Condron

The Granite Group

President and CEO

Roland Gordon

Winsupply

President and CFO

Paul Kennedy

First Supply

President and COO

Don McNeeley

Chicago Tube & Iron

President and CEO

Sian Smith

Talisker Plumbing

General Manager

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