President's Message

Speaker at an ASA event

Dear Subcontractors, Associates, Partners and Guests,

Welcome to American Association of Subcontractors of Central Pennsylvania, or ASACP.  First, let me express how honored and excited I am to serve as Chapter President for the next two years.  I would like to thank Brian Stright, our Immediate Past President, and my fellow board members for their dedication and service to the organization.  Members, the Board Members would love to hear your comments and suggestions, so please seek us out at the next meeting and let us know what you are thinking.

 ASACP is an organization comprised of subcontractors, associated businesses, and industry partners dedicated to ensuring that subcontractors’ rights are protected through advocacy and education.   We are working together to improve the business environment for not just subcontractors, but for the construction industry as a whole.  After all, we are the electricians, the HVAC, the painters, the specialty tradesmen and the suppliers that contractors, construction managers and owners depend on to get the project done.  

As a manager in a small business, I am acutely aware of how important it is to cut unnecessary expenses from the budget, especially in a weak economy.  I think of membership in ASACP as a business essential that pays for itself over and over again throughout the year.   At each meeting, ASACP members have the opportunity to ask other members about their experiences with unfamiliar businesses through ASA’s BPI, or Business Practice Interchange.  The value of knowing what to expect from a potential client or vendor is immeasurable.  At ASACP meetings, members can hear relevant advice from, or pose a question to, a construction attorney and a safety consultant—and the advice is tailored to subcontractors, unlike some other organizations.  Think of the value of free professional advice.  We have an active Prompt Payment Task Force working to improve cash flow for all subcontractors.   Of course, ASACP isn’t all work and no play, our members network and build new business relationships through events like the Construction Expo and our newly formed young professionals group, Emerging Construction Leaders.   

Creating an environment in which subcontractors can thrive is vital to the construction industry as a whole.  Instead of considering membership in ASACP as a business expense, think of it as a business investment.  Become an active member and let’s work together to improve the business environment for all subcontractors.  I look forward to seeing you at the next meeting or event.

Sincerely,

Diane Kauffman

 

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