News from the Construction Suppliers Association

August 14, 2019

End of Summer Bits and Pieces

Jim Moody PhotoBy Jim Moody, CAE
CSA President

I have a lot of thoughts going around in my head, but none of them are significant enough for a full column. When that happens, and I’m up against a deadline, I default to spewing out little nuggets. Some are meaningful, some are not. You get to choose which is which.

  • For the first time ever, our annual meeting is in New Orleans. We’ve wanted to be there for some time, but we are a small fish in a very big pond there. Our meeting is not particularly profitable for a hotel. But, we persevered and found the Doubletree that’s ideally located a block from the river and across the street from the French Quarter and a casino. You get all the excitement outside the hotel without the troublesome noise that often comes with hotels inside the Quarter. If you haven’t signed up for the meeting yet, you should. We’ve got an incredible program of education. And there will be fun.
  • It is much less emotionally troubling to turn 51 than it was to turn 50. It remains troubling, however, to need to trim ear and nose hair. I guess it would be even more troubling to need to trim hair and not realize it. So, there’s comfort in self-awareness.
  • I should have detailed information on our Association Health Plan in our next issue.


Do Your Employees Need Estimating and Blueprint Take-Off Skills?

hard hat graphicDo your employees need training to help them become better at estimating and blueprint take-off? CSA will provide both basic and advanced classes in the days just before the CSA Annual Conference.

Attendees will walk away with the ability to do a basic take-off on a residential plan and will have a resource manual and a working set of plans to refer to when back on the job. For the advanced class, students will hone their skills working on more complex roof systems and learn more shortcuts to achieve a more efficient method of doing take-offs with varying levels of difficulty.

Basic Estimating will be offered on Sept. 10-11 and the cost is $450. Advanced Estimating will be held Sept. 12 and the cost is $250. Sign up for both classes and save $75.

Classes will be held in the Doubletree Hotel New Orleans. They will start at 8 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m. The course fee includes all materials, lunch and refreshments.


Reduced Hotel Rates Expire on Aug. 20 for CSA Annual Conference & Expo

Doubletree Hotel in New OrleansIf you'd like to take advantage of the special rates at the Doubletree Hotel in New Orleans, you'll need to make your reservations no later than Aug. 20. Don't wait to make your plans, however, the room block will close early if it sells out.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New Orleans is located at the base of historic Canal Street, across from Harrah's casino, in the heart of New Orleans. You'll be opposite the French Quarter and on the edge of the bustling Central Business District. This area includes Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and Royal Street. You’ll be near gastro-pubs, craft cocktail hot spots, and music venues. The Audubon Aquarium and Mercedes-Benz Superdome are just a few short blocks away.

Guest rooms feature modern decor and amenities like mini-refrigerators. Features also include a large work desk, WiFi, and our signature warm DoubleTree Chocolate Chip Cookie. Enjoy a guaranteed one-of a-kind view with each room overlooking the Crescent City’s best downtown destinations, attractions, or the mighty Mississippi River.

Click below to access online registration for the CSA room block.


Special Fishing and Cooking Events Planned for CSA Annual Conference

Captain Charlie's Fishing ChartersAre you an avid fisherman or excited to learn new cooking skills? If so, don't miss the special activities during this year's CSA Annual Conference.

On Wednesday, CSA will sponsor an inshore marsh fishing tournament. You will fish for redfish, speckled trout and black drum with one of the most sought-after guides in the saltwater world. Spend six hours with Captain Charlie and his crew learning techniques for catching fish in the coastal marshes of Louisiana. You can sign up and pay the $250 registration fee using online registration forms or the ones from your mailed packet. (Photo courtesy of Capt. Charlie Thomason's Bayou Charters.)

On Thursday, spouses and guests are invited to join us for a three-hour, hands-on cooking class located in an 1830s French Quarter warehouse. Learn the basics of Louisiana-style cuisine and enjoy the best part ... eating your own creations! The cooking class is included in your guest registration fee.


How To Give Feedback By Asking Questions

By Shari Harley, Founder & President
Candid Culture

The people you work with want to do a good job. They want you to think well of them. Yes, even the people you think do little work. Give people the benefit of the doubt. Assume people are doing the best they know how to do. And when you don’t get what you want, make requests.

There are two ways to give feedback. One way is very direct.

Version one:  “You did this thing and here’s why it’s a problem.”

The other way is less direct. Rather than telling the person what went wrong, simply make a request.

Version two: “Will you…” Or, “It would be helpful to get this report on Mondays instead of Wednesday. Are you able to do that?”

It’s very difficult to give feedback directly without the other person feeling judged.


Is an Employee Injured at Another Job Covered Under FMLA?

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Question: We have an employee who was hurt on the job at their other part-time job. The employee is asking about FMLA, and I'm not sure if that is something that applies here. Please let me know if they run concurrently.

Answer: If an organization has more than 50 employees, the employer is considered a "covered employer" under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act. What does that mean?


How to Make an iPhone Video: A Step-by- Step Guide

By Sophia Bernazzani

You might know that video is important, that your audience wants to see it, and you might even want to make it a part of your strategy. But you're still asking the big question:


If you aren't producing video content because you don't think you have the ability, time, or resources to do it, we have some good news: Your answer to the video content question could be sitting in your pants pocket. (Hint: It's your iPhone.)


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Hotel Deadline is August 20!

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