Thanks and appreciation

Thanks and appreciation

ASCA Executive Director Kevin Gilbride throws the spotlight on the unsung association supporters, without which much would not be possible.

September 15, 2016
Association News Director's Column
We’ve had a lot to be thankful for over recent weeks. In particular the adoption of the ASCA’s model legislation in Illinois.

And while all of this wouldn’t have been accomplished without the support of the association’s membership, there is an often silent minority who, without their support, none of this would be possible.

The Accredited Snow Contractors Association was founded five years ago with the goal of helping snow and ice management companies better represent themselves to “the outside world.”

I’ve always defined the “outside world” as property owners and managers, insurance carriers, and legislative bodies. We do so by following ANSI accredited Industry Standards, certification through education, verification through our unique ISO9001/SN9001 quality management system, and ultimately through legislative change.

These programs, of course, all have real costs related to them, whether developmental costs, maintenance costs, marketing costs, or even the cost of travel.

ASCA members, through membership fees and revenue, related to education fund a portion of these costs. However, this revenue stream is only a portion of the funding needed to cover the costs of the association.

The ASCA is largely funded by our sponsor partners, the suppliers to the industry whose names you all know very well. I wanted to take a minute to throw the spotlight on them and to thank them for their support. In alphabetical order:

Arctic Snow and Ice, Bobcat, Boss Snowplows, Buyers Products, Case Equipment, Central Salt, Fisher Engineering, Meyer Products, Pro-Tech, Western Plows.

The financial support is certainly important and appreciated. However, this is not the only way they support they ASCA. Many of you may not be aware, but many of the suppliers also support our legislative efforts, joining the ASCA to lobby on behalf of the industry (you!). Whether they are traveling with us to their state capitol or to Washington D.C., they often spend their money to support efforts to improve this industry.

I also need to mention the team at Mills Insurance. Their unique partnership with ASCA has helped us secure an insurance program that recognizes your professionalism and provides you the benefits expected from and insurance program -- such as defending contractors in frivolous claims. This program will continue to improve year over year.

These partnerships are a large reason for our success. These companies are supporting the ASCA… and your businesses… we encourage you to support them.