News from the Construction Suppliers Association

August 28, 2019

CSA Launches Association Health Plan to Address Member Health Coverage Needs

CSA announced today that it will offer an association heath plan, extending health care to member companies in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Oklahoma.

“We know that providing health insurance has been increasingly difficult for our members through the years,” said Jim Moody, CSA president. “By leveraging the size of the association, we are creating a group that is designed to provide competitive pricing for our members.”


In Memoriam: Gary Lee Smith

With deep sadness, we must announce that Gary Smith of Smith and Sons Building Center in Anadarko, Okla., passed away on Aug. 24 at home. Although he is no longer in pain, we grieve not only the loss to his family but to our industry as well.

Gary's family and CSA would like to thank each and every one of you for supporting this family during their ordeal. Gary was very much aware of the outpouring of love and support, and both Cookie and Alec have expressed their deep appreciation for your kindness.


Salespeople with Great Estimating and Blueprint Take-Off Skills Can Help Build Your Bottom Line

hard hat graphicDo your employees need training to help them become better at estimating and blueprint take-off? Honing their skills can help your bottom line.

CSA will provide both basic and advanced classes in the days just before the CSA Annual Conference in New Orleans in a couple of weeks.

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.


Oklahoma Education Classes Scheduled for October!

hard hat graphicCan't make the training at the annual conference?

Mark your calendar for Oct. 15-17 for three in-demand classes to be held in Oklahoma City.

Oct. 15: Intro to Building Material Sales

Oct. 16-17: Basic Estimating & Blueprint Take-Off

Oct. 16-17: OSHA 10 Training

Click "Read More" for details about pricing, location and course descriptions.


Interview Questions - What Can Employers Ask?

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Question: We want to make sure we’re not asking any interview questions we shouldn’t or aren’t allowed to be asking of candidates. Specifically, can we ask how much a candidate was earning at his or her last job(s)? What if we’ve heard that someone has a history of harassment (or making claims of harassment) at a prior place of employment -- can we inquire about that?

Answer: Generally employers should refrain from asking any questions -- whether on an application, during an interview, or otherwise during the hiring process -- that require candidates to disclose, or could elicit unintentional disclosure of, information about their membership in a protected class. Click "Read More" to find out how that impacts asking about salaries.


BMC's Unpleasant $4.3 Million Discovery Holds a Lesson for You: Trust, but Verify, AR's Work

Craig WebbBy Craig Webb
Webb Analytics

You might think the differences between the giant public LBM dealers and a private independent are so vast that there's nothing a small company can learn from the big guys.

But BMC Stock Holdings' latest news does carry such a lesson: Even your best accounts receivable people deserve the occasional audit, just to prove they are as good as their numbers indicate. In BMC's case, it was a $4.3 million lesson.

Click "Read More" to find out what happened.


Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure

By Travis Bradberry

Emotional intelligence or "EQ" is the "something" in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.

Decades of research now point to emotional intelligence as being the critical factor that sets star performers apart from the rest of the pack. The connection is so strong that 90 percent of top performers have high emotional intelligence.

So, I've analyzed the data from the million-plus people TalentSmart has tested in order to identify the behaviors that are the hallmarks of a high EQ. What follows are sure signs that you have a high EQ.


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