Welcome to the ASA of Baltimore
American Subcontractors Association (ASA) of Baltimore, a non-profit trade association, was established June 12, 1967 to address the business problems that affect subcontractors of all trades. We are a chapter of the American Subcontractors Association, which is headquartered in Alexandria, VA. Founded in 1966, the national association serves more than 5,000 member companies through a nationwide network of local and state chapters. It has succeeded in becoming the pinnacle of subcontracting organizations across the country.
Be sure to check out our Media Gallery, 50th Anniversary to view Membership Recognition, Leadership and Advocacy Banners!
WATCH YOUR CONTRACTS! 5% RETENTION BEGAN JULY 1, 2013!
Assisted by its lobbyist, Bruce Bereano, ASA of Baltimore won a huge victory for all subcontractors when the Maryland State legislature passed a Senate Bill 140, which took effect on July 1, 2013. This new bill limits retention from contractors and subcontractors on all public projects in the State to a maximum of 5% throughout the entire project.
Don't sign a contract containing the 10% retention for 1st 50% of project language! Many General Contractors will tell you they never heard of such a thing. Keep a copy of this bill with you to educate them!
ASA of Baltimore is nearing our 50th year anniversary. When Charles Yumkas was approached by a group of businessmen in 1967 to form this association, the working climate for subcontractors was vastly different from the one we enjoy today. There was no singular entity designed solely to protect the rights of subcontractors, to help them succeed in the business aspects of their trades and to establish a means of communication that brings fair business practices for all. Your predecessors were instrumental in creating; growing and maintaining ASA of Baltimore so that the laws we have had passed will continue to allow your employees and their families to succeed. And our work is far from done.
Legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells once said “You ask yourself, 'What do you want your legacy to be?' I'm content at this point to say, 'Those who follow me,' and he proceeded to rattle off winning coaches like Bill Belicheck and Sean Peyton.
My friends, we are those who have followed. We are a continuum. Just as our predecessors sacrificed and fought for our fundamental values, so must we, as guardians of that legacy, work together to protect it for all in the subcontracting industry who follow. And we must do so with a sense of urgency, holding that torch high enough and bright enough to be passed on.
Advocacy, Education and Information Exchange – they have made me a better businessman, I am sure you can say the same. Thank you for your support. Please feel free to pick up the phone and call me anytime.
SUBCONTRACTORS INFORMATION EXCHANGE
Our next SIE will take place on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Libertore's Ristorante in Timonium from 11:30 am - 2 pm.