American Associations Day PDF Print Email
Wednesday, March 15, 2017 01:33 PM

The Power of A

Today (March 15/), we celebrate American Associations Day by showcasing how in every industry, state and sector, associations strengthen lives, the economy, jobs, safety and security – and much more. 

NARSA - The International Heat Transfer Association, thanks you (our members) today on American Associations Day, for all you do to make America stronger, safer and a better place to live. NARSA makes America stronger by providing a focus for the business of thermal management for transportation and industry by providing commercial and technical forums that lead to business development, product innovation, and much more. 

Associations make America stronger. In virtually every industry and sector, associations advance workers’ job skills and create new employment opportunities. Associations implement programs and impact policies that strengthen America’s safety and security – on roadways, waterways, jobsites, the Internet and everywhere in-between.

Association members (NARSA members) are at the forefront of service innovation and facilitate domestic and international commerce. And, there is no other segment of society that improves lives like associations do – from creating industry standards of quality and safety, to providing disaster relief, to offering expertise that creates better policy – and so much more.

We call it the Power of A.

The Power of Associations

- Article from ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) 

Associations make broad contributions to American life. They are an essential piece of our national, state, and local economies. They create jobs in every state. Their measurable economic benefits include more than 1.3 million jobs for Americans and a total payroll of nearly $51 billion. Beyond their economic impact, however, are vital roles in educating the nation’s workforce, and developing voluntary industry standards to keep families safe. They illustrate how America works best when we work together.

Advancing the Workforce

Each year, associations provide millions of American workers across every industry and state with critical post-college skills training required for professional success and career advancement.  Associations proactively and purposefully create centralized training programs, certifications and standards to ensure individuals, industries and society-at-large benefit from a strong and vibrant workforce. 

  • 57 million adults in America take formal work-related courses or training each year, and more than 69 percent of those individuals receive those training courses from either a private business or a professional association.
  • In total, associations account for more than 315,000 meetings held in the U.S. each year, with 59.5 million participants in attendance.
  • Most associations (88 percent), regardless of type or size, report sponsoring an annual meeting or exhibition, with a median attendance of 803 registrants.

Setting Product Safety and Technical Standards

Associations develop product safety and technical standards that impact consumers every day. From the mattresses we sleep on to the food that we put on our dinner tables, standard-setting in the U.S. has historically been a process driven by the private sector, with the federal government in a supporting role. 

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3.17 Deadline to Apply for NARSA Pavilion PDF Print Email
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 09:40 AM

Friday, March 17 is the Deadline to Apply for the NARSA Pavilion at AAPEX 

The NARSA Pavilion sold out this past year and is expected to do the same in 2017. Sign up now to be a part of THE premier global event representing the $356 billion global aftermarket auto care industry.

Please contact Sandi Kulas at 708.226.1300 ext 19, or email with any questions. AAPEX and NARSA are invested in your success, and our teams are here to help you. 

2017 NARSA Spring Conference – Something for Everyone PDF Print Email
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 04:27 PM

2017 NARSA Spring Conference – Something for Everyone

DALLAS, TX –  The 2nd Annual NARSA Spring Conference features presentations and events for management and employees for businesses in the field of thermal management services and products for transportation, industry and power generation.

Program on Friday, April 28 will target timely management subjects while Saturday April 29 will focus more on education on subjects tied to the workplace. Friday’s program will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dallas- Love Field and Saturday’s program will be at the ROCORE Dallas Plant.

This is another unique learning and networking opportunity from NARSA. It provides industry-based educational programs for managers, owners as well as employees.

NARSA is very fortunate to have supplier support to keep the prices affordable for its members and potential members and is especially pleased that ROCORE will be hosting the employee portion of the program at their plant on Saturday.

Day 1 Friday Focus on Management and Business Leaders

  • Networking luncheon
  • Management Presentations:
    • Chemistry Lessons for a Multi-Generational Workforce;
    • Inventory Management for a Service Business;
    • Real World Cost Cutting;
    • Strategies for Effective Leadership.
  • Table Top Exhibits/Networking Reception

Day 2 Saturday Focus on Shop Skills and Employees

  • Table Top Exhibits
  • Plant Tour and Demonstrations by ROCORE
  • Buffet Lunch
  • Training Presentations:
    • How to Measure and Spec Cores, Radiators, Heat Exchangers
    • Shop Safety
    • Fundamentals of Charged Air Cooling
    • NARSA Update on Online Learning Opportunities and More

Special pricing for NARSA members will provide up to 4 admissions to Saturday’s program for only $35. For more information and registration click here. 

Working with a Multi-Generational Workforce Plus Plant Tour and Demonstrations at Spring Meeting PDF Print Email
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 09:54 AM

Working with a Multi-Generational Workforce Plus Plant Tour and Demonstrations at Spring Meeting

DALLAS, TX –  The Spring Conference presents two types of programming April 28 and 29 at the Doubletree - Love Field and the Rocore Dallas Plant. Friday April 28 at the Doubletree will feature management presentations. The Saturday program at Rocore will focus on shop and work place programs.

The Friday program will feature service expert and auto industry veteran Bill Haas, owner of Haas Performance Consulting LLC. Bill has more than 40 years of experience in the automotive service and repair industry.

The opening presentation is “Chemistry Lessons for a Multi-Generational Workforce.” Do you ever find members of your team frustrated, tense, distracted, upset or unreasonable with other members of the team? Wonder why? Well, Gen Y thinks Gen X is a bunch of whiners. Gen X believes Gen Y is arrogant. And everyone thinks the Boomers are self-absorbed workaholics. While the younger generation’s entitled attitude is clashing with the older worker’s values, Gen Y’s presence is improving workplace policy for everyone. Once we understand their differences and learn what is important for each group we can work together effectively.

Bill began his career working part-time at a full service gasoline station in Appleton, Wisconsin. His career includes time as a technician, shop owner, technical trainer and most recently on the staff of the automotive industry’s oldest and largest association representing automotive service and collision repair businesses, the Automotive Service Association (ASA).

While at the association Bill had the opportunity to work with all segments of the industry. His knowledge of the industry has been shared on many occasions as he has been invited to speak at numerous industry events as well as providing testimony at hearings of the U.S. Congress and several state legislatures on important legislation and regulation affecting the automotive industry. Bill received the Accredited Automotive Manager (AAM) credential from the Automotive Management Institute in 1996 and has been a member of the Automotive Management Institute’s faculty since 2002.

His second presentation is: “Strategies for Effective Leadership.” Didn’t think you were the leader? If you are getting kicked from behind, you must be out front. Stop expending your energy on avoiding being the leader. Accept the fact that people are depending on you to provide direction, vision and purpose.

When leaders fail, people quit. Implement effective leadership strategies and improve the opportunities for your team to excel. A strategic approach creates alignment between individual or team objectives and values. Take away strategies for creating a culture, empowering your people, and providing positive influence. The sessions will be followed by networking opportunities at the table top reception.

Saturday’s program will move to Rocore’s plant on Saturday, April 29, which is about 15 minutes from the hotel. Programming will include: how to spec and measure; building and maintaining effective shop inventory for shops; creating and implementing a team safety program; core building demonstrations and more. A buffet lunch and table top displays will also be part of activities on Saturday at the plant.

For more details, click here.

No Pain! No Change! PDF Print Email
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 09:49 AM

No Pain! No Change!

President's Message in the January/February Cooling Journal 

I have learned that the pain I experience because of change is mostly caused by my resistance to that change.  Change is inevitable.  Nothing ever stays the same.  Things are either moving forwards or backwards.  Some things we can change.  Some things we can’t change.  We just need to be smart enough to know the difference. The heat transfer industry is not immune to change for sure.

In the early 1900’s many blacksmiths adapted to a changing marketplace and customer base when horse and buggy’s began to be replaced by automobiles. William Rex, a blacksmith by trade, founded Rex Radiator in 1909.  Rex Radiator has survived four generations because they have consistently responded to a changing marketplace and customer base while not forgetting what got them there.  They still offer complete welding and repair services on an incredibly wide variety of parts as blacksmith shops did at the turn of the century.

Examples of changes that affected my business since 1994 that I could do nothing about were seeing more aluminum products, the sharp rise in copper prices in 2005, high health insurance costs, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, Gustave and Ike in 2008, Offshore Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, and the recent low oil prices.

I had to change things to offset the things I could not change. I had to change from having only a MIG welding machine by adding a TIG welding machine. I had to keep a close eye on rapidly escalating commodity prices and change pricing as needed.  I had to shop around for better insurance rates and change agents when needed.  I had to change from expecting employees to work safely and had to start training them to work safely so we could qualify for better insurance rates.  I had to change our customer base and capitalize on all the repair work needed in the Gulf of Mexico while many oil platforms were shut-in after the hurricanes.  I had to change how I monitored spending and expenses during the drilling moratorium after the oil spill.  My most recent change was to sharply cut all unnecessary spending and find other sources of income to compensate for the low oil prices of today.

Living by the old sayings “you need to make hay while the sun is shining” and “save your money for a rainy day” are saving me today.

Another saying from my southern heritage that I heard over and over from my dad while growing up was “Don’t worry about the mule going blind, just load the wagon.”  He was trying to teach me not to worry about things that might never occur.  Get the job or task in front of you done, live right, work hard, and treat people as you would want to be treated. This creates an environment in which I can accept change as it comes because I know if the time comes I can adjust to meet the changes.

While on my flight back from Las Vegas I was looking ahead to my role as NARSA president.  I reflected on how lucky I am to work with a board of directors who has created a great working environment of trust, service, accountability, and friendship. This is a Board that has a good mix of experience and youth. This is a Board that is well-prepared to accept the challenges of change.

Change did come to NARSA.  Before Christmas, I received phone calls from not one, but from three fellow members of the Board.  They are selling their businesses to LKQ. Two of our members, Chairman Mark Taylor, and Director Bobby Duran, are going to stay with the new owner. The third board member, Treasurer Angelo Miozza, is going to retire.

I called a meeting of the Board. After a very good and positive discussion, we all agreed that it was in the best interest of NARSA to keep as many of these good leaders as we could.

Angelo, Mark and Bobby have been very active. They have supported many of our programs and all played key roles in setting the future direction of our organization strategic plan. When directors are elected, the person is elected not the company. The NARSA Board has always been diligent in providing a neutral forum in which individuals could work together for the betterment of all. Bobby, Mark and Angelo have always acted in the best interests of our organization. They leave their company hats at the door as do all of the other directors.

The NARSA Board is about service and responsibility to making member businesses better.  That is what we do. Try as we may, we could not convince all three to stay. Angelo has announced his retirement from the industry and the Board at the end of March.  We could never repay him for his more than 15 years of devoted service as a Board member and treasurer.  We will miss him dearly.  Mark and Bobby will stay on until at least the end of their first term year in October 2017.  Roland Ewert of TSM will move from the Secretary position to Treasurer.  Kyle Rickermann will become Secretary.

I think the Association is fortunate to have an environment that accepts change and people we can trust and rely on to continue to do the right thing. Change is inevitable. We all experience change.  Look at change as a new challenge to tackle rather than a damper in our industry and in the work place. Changing for the better! P.S. I did not sell my business.


David Bienvenu

NARSA President 2016-2018

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