News from the Construction Suppliers Association

February 22, 2017

Have You Been Hacked?

Chris RaderBy Chris Rader, CEO
Rader Solutions

CSA is partnering with Chris Rader this year to help members reduce technology risk and improve their use of technology. Articles like this one will appear regularly, and Chris will also be conducting webinars on various topics. He will also facilitate users groups for companies using Spruce and BisTrack software. Chris owns Rader Solutions, which provides technology expertise and hosting for building material dealers across the country.

I'm sure you've read about major hacking incidents in the news lately. Again and again, large corporations have had to apologize to customers for putting their personal information at risk. The numbers are staggering.

With the number of affected users soaring into the billions, I'm sure you've wondered if you're at risk.  READ MORE

Member Profile

Louisiana Dealer Donates Materials to Rebuild Flooded Homes

In Louisiana, family is everything, and at Baton Rouge-based Holmes Building Materials, family includes more than just the owners of the business. Family includes the company's 120 employees, thousands of customers, and the community at large. And never was helping family more important than during the aftermath of the worst flooding in the state's history.

Last August, heavy rainfall pushed more than 10 Louisiana rivers above their banks, flooding more than 146,000 homes statewide. Almost 75 percent of homes in Livingston Parish were considered "a total loss." Holmes Building Supply serves Livingston Parish, among several others, and many of its employees lived there.

As flood waters receded, third-generation owner John Holmes took stock of the situation. The company's two locations were spared. Physically, he said, business could resume as usual, but from a human standpoint, almost half of his team members were devastated. They couldn't come back to work until they had sorted out their living arrangements. John said his first priority was to take care of his work family.  READ MORE

First BisTrack & Spruce Users Groups to Meet in March -- Register Now

The Users Groups for BisTrack and Spruce are scheduled to meet next month, and a few slots are still available.

While the facilitator is important to the success of the groups, we all recognize that the knowledge shared by others using the system will also be critically important. Chris Rader will certainly bring knowledge into the group, but we’ve asked him to facilitate rather than teach, and that’s a big distinction. Seeing how other people tackle the same issues you are facing to get the most out of the software will be a big part of the meetings.

The cost of the meetings is $259 per person. Anyone using either BisTrack or the newer version of Spruce and who has a leadership role in technology should attend.

How Do I Register?


Space Available for Women in Lumber Leadership Retreat

This retreat helps women in our industry meet the challenges of leadership while maintaining a healthy work-life balance. Participants will enhance their ability to influence others, learn effective conflict resolution techniques and develop leadership and management skills. Participation is limited to 15. Online registration is now open.

Dates: March 31 to April 2
Location: Margaritaville Resort, Biloxi, Miss.


CSA Adds Optional Intro Class to Estimating/Takeoff Workshop

CSA has added an optional class to the Estimating/Takeoff Workshop as an introduction to the industry. The intro class can be a stand-alone day or can be used as a lead-in to the two-day workshop. Online registration is now open.

Instructor: Casey Voorhees
Location: BlueLinx Training Center at CSA office in Tyrone, Ga.

    March 21 “The Nuts and Bolts of Building Material Sales”
    March 22-23 “Estimating/Takeoff Workshop”


HR Evolves Into 'Human Capital Management'

By Nicole Fallon Taylor, Managing Editor
Business News Daily

What do you think of when you hear the phrase "human resources?"

Years ago, this function was most commonly associated with the person on staff who handled employee paperwork and personnel files. He or she served a primarily administrative purpose — HR made sure everyone got their paychecks and benefits, processed performance reviews, and handled conflicts that were too big for managers to deal with themselves.

Today, the role of HR has become a much more complex and dynamic one for many businesses.  READ MORE


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