News from the Construction Suppliers Association

May 22, 2019

What Else Do You Want To Know, My Sweet Angel?

Jim Moody PhotoBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

About four years ago, I wrote a column here about the odd mixture of pride and sadness that came from my oldest graduating from high school. It was therapeutic to write it, and many of you were very kind to send comments.

Today, I’m at the point of having a college graduate, and I’m suffering through similar thoughts.

It’s funny how, as parents, we always think about how tough it is to parent in the phase we are currently in and believe the next phase will be easier. How nice it will be when they are out of diapers. I can’t wait for the “terrible twos” to be over. Man, it’ll be great when they start school. I sure will be glad when I don’t have to take them to or pick them up from school. I can’t wait for adolescent drama to end. Oh, how I long for the day when I don’t have to pay for college any more …

I’ve said all of those things, and yet I find myself wishing I could do them all again one more time. Okay, maybe not making a payment to college, but certainly the rest.


FMCSA System is Changing – And Staying the Same

By Victor Shell
CSA Director of Safety & Transportation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s safety measurement system is changing, but it's also staying the same. Let’s start with what's not changing.

The FMCSA’s safety measurement system will still use roadside inspections and violations data to produce its metrics. They want to identify carriers who score higher than their peers in patterns of non-compliance with regulations. This is the safety measurement system approach that’s been in place for several years now. It compares carriers to one another to produce the scores and uses violations from roadside inspections to gather its data.

What they gather, and why, is not changing, but their approach to interpreting the data is. So let’s discuss what you will see going forward. Instead of focusing on predicting how many accidents might correspond with your level of compliance, what they want to know is – are you actively working to prevent accidents overall?


Want to Become a Better Interviewer? Sign Up for Tomorrow's HR Webinar

CSA will present a webinar to help you become a more effective interviewer tomorrow 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!


Join Us for the Oklahoma Summer Fling!

It's time to register for for the 2019 Summer Fling! We'll gather at Tanglewood Resort on the shores of Lake Texoma in Pottsboro, Texas on June 21-23.

A longtime favorite of Oklahoma members, all CSA members are invited to attend.

Each evening will feature a fun dinner event, and CSA will once again offer golf and fishing tournaments Saturday morning.

On Sunday morning, we will host a “town hall” meeting where you can provide input on the programs and services you receive for your membership. We welcome your input and are always striving to find ways to help you do business better!

Registration materials have been mailed and online registration is currently open.

For more information, click on the "READ MORE" link below for information about the Summer Fling. Questions? Contact Katie Bodiford at [email protected] or 678-674-1860.


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 Steps to Take to Become a Stronger Leader This Year

By Dana Sitar, The Penny Hoarder

I joined The Penny Hoarder just under four years ago as a staff writer with no eye to becoming a leader in the company. I just wanted to write. But as opportunities came up, I became more invested in its success and interested in new ways to grow with the company.

Within two years, I nabbed a management position despite having less experience than the people I manage, and I think my success in this role has hinged on my focus in three key areas of personal development: hard skills, risk taking and people skills.

If you're new to leadership or just want to become the best leader you can, here are some steps you can take to home in on these areas and set yourself up to be a strong leader.


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