Remembering Your “Why”
There are thousands of contractor companies in the United States. Out of those thousands, less than half are members of a professional organization. Those who are members join for an intended purpose, whether it be networking, training, professional development, or professional advice. It’s called their “why”—why they choose to join. Focusing on remembering your “why” keeps you engaged with your AFSA membership and allows you to see the return on your investment.
If your “why” is training, have you taken the opportunity to review the training opportunities that the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) has to offer? Whether an online, in-person, or pre-recorded delivery method most suits your learning style, AFSA offers them all. Many of the delivery methods fit your lifestyle or learning method. AFSA provides training that aids in your and your employees’ professional development from our Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance (ITM) Inspector Development program; Beginning and Intermediate Fire Sprinkler System Planning Schools; and fitter training with classes offered on Saturday to not interrupt the work week.
Survey and talk to your employees to find out their “why.” What certifications do they want to obtain? Where do they see themselves in five years? How can you help develop your team to better themselves and your company? AFSA can assist you in determining the best training and programs to invest in your workforce.
Many members’ “why” is networking. They are looking for the opportunity to collaborate and share ideas with others in the same industry. AFSA has a great solution—31 chapters nationwide! Participating in a local chapter is the best way to engage with AFSA at the local level. Many changes that occur in the industry happen at the state level. By joining a local chapter, you can impact those changes.
The perception is that associations provide tried and true advice. Members trust their professional organizations for guidance on how to grow their business. Belonging to an association like AFSA can help you succeed in various ways. This can include submitting a technical review to our technical services department on an upcoming project. Most members receive a response within 24 hours. Some members have paid for their AFSA membership from the savings on one technical review!
AFSA Membership Benefits
Whatever your “why” is, remember you only get out what you put in. You made the initial step by investing in yourself and your business. Be sure to take the next step to take advantage of the benefits that AFSA has to offer. Not sure where to start? Contact AFSA’s membership team. We’re here to help!
• Western U.S.: Bruce Lecair, senior director of membership and chapter support,
• Eastern U.S.: Dominick Kasmauskas, CFPS, regional director of membership and chapter support, or
• Meda Merritt, director of membership and chapter relations.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Meda Merritt is the director of membership and chapter relations for AFSA. She can be reached via email at email@example.com or via phone at 214-349-5965 ext. 133.