News from the Construction Suppliers Association

May 8, 2019

Making Changes in How We Provide HR Services

Jim Moody PhotoBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

You know sometimes how you have a great business idea, you get all excited about it and execute it only to find out that the marketplace doesn’t care as much as you do? Perhaps you’ve discovered a great product at a trade show and cleared a prime shelf for it. Or maybe you’ve decided that installed sales is absolutely what you need to take your business to the next level. Perhaps you think that wall panels are the answer to the lack of skilled framers in your market. You do some market research that reinforces your thinking, and you invest in the “new” only to find out that the demand just wasn’t what you thought it would be.

I know these things happen, because those are real examples I’ve taken from the “best idea/worst idea” discussions at our roundtables. So often last meeting’s best idea becomes this meeting’s worst idea. And that’s OK – the only sin is never trying anything new. Your batting average may be low, but sooner or later something really sticks and makes your business better.

We’ve had something similar happen here at CSA.


In Memoriam: Claude Arthur Howard Jr.

Claude Arthur Howard JrIt is with deep sadness that we share the news of the death of Claude Arthur Howard Jr. He died on Monday, April 29, at home in Statesboro, Ga., after a battle with cancer.

Born in 1941, Arthur joined his father’s business, Claude Howard Lumber, in 1962. By doing so, he continued a family tradition dating back to 1898, when his grandfather, Arthur Howard, and his seven brothers, began producing lumber in Bulloch County with a portable sawmill.

Arthur's grandfather started a permanent sawmill in 1920 on Mulberry Street in Statesboro, under the name of the Howard Lumber Company. Arthur's father, Claude Howard, founded Claude Howard Lumber Company in 1946 at its present location.


Would You Like to Become a Better Interviewer? Join Our HR Webinar

CSA will present a webinar to help you become a more effective interviewer on May 23 at 1 p.m. EDT (2 p.m. CDT).

After attending this webinar, you will have a solid understanding of:

  • Laws that pertain to interview questions
  • What to ask and what not to ask
  • Volunteered information
  • Consistency
  • How to prepare for and conduct an interview

Our friends at Stellaris Group HR will present the webinar. We look forward to having you join us!


National Road Check Scheduled for June

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold its National Road Check on June 4-6. During that 72-hour period, commercial motor vehicle inspectors in jurisdictions throughout North America will conduct inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers. This year's focus will be on steering and suspension systems.

Steering and suspension will be highlighted because they are critical systems for any commercial motor vehicle. They support the heavy loads carried by trucks and buses, and they also help maintain stability and control under acceleration and braking, keeping the vehicle safely on the road. They also keep tires in alignment, reducing chances of uneven tire wear and possible tire failure, and they maximize the contact between the tires and the road to provide steering stability and good handling.


3 'Boring' Essentials Every Successful Business Owner Must Deal With

By Rashan Dixon

Even businesses with great products and hungry markets can fail. If you don’t take care of the “boring” stuff, your company won’t last long enough to deliver on all the promises you made to your customers.

That’s not to say your product or service isn't an essential component of your success -- bad product-market fit is a top killer of failed startups. However, factors like lack of capital, inadequate management and marketing mishaps are more often to blame for turning both promising startups and established companies into tales of what could have been.

To avoid joining the league of companies that didn’t quite make it, business owners need to pay attention to the back-office tasks that keep operations running smoothly. It doesn’t matter how dedicated your employees are or how revolutionary your product is: If paychecks don’t come on time, the electricity is off or an unexpected legal battle crops up, your odds of survival can plummet.


Five Things Great Managers Do Every Day

By Kristi Hedges, Contributor

If you want to be a great manager who inspires others to greatness, you don't have to don a new outsized personality or break a mold. You simply have to choose to communicate, connect, and bring your full presence to those you lead.

Here are five strategies that continually come up in my research for how to be a leader others want to follow:


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