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ASA Vision: The American Subcontractors Association is recognized as the united voice dedicated to improving the business environment in the construction industry.

ASA Mission: The American Subcontractors Association amplifies the voice of and leads trade contractors to improve the business environment for the construction industry and to serve as a steward for the community.

ASA Values: The ideals and beliefs of ASA are ethical and equitable business practices, quality construction, a safe and healthy work environment, integrity and membership diversity.


ASA Professional Standards of Practice for Construction Subcontractors

ASA Model Code of Ethics for a Construction Subcontractor


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ASA Certificate of Excellence in Ethics

Certificate of Excellence in Ethics


Re-named in 2017 as the ASA Certificate of Excellence in Ethics, this program is not an awards competition, but rather a program recognizing subcontractors for their commitment to ASA values like quality construction and a safe and healthy work environment. Each applicant is required to respond to questions concerning the firm’s corporate ethics policies and procedures, its construction practices, and its general business practices. Each applicant also is required to submit detailed documentation, including sealed letters of recommendation from a customer, a competitor, and a supplier.


ASA will honor selected firms that demonstrate the highest standards of internal and external integrity during an awards ceremony at the ASA annual convention, SUBExcel 2019, March 6-9, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee.


• Watch the Certificate of Excellence in Ethics Video.

• Download the 2018 ASA Certificate of Excellence in Ethics Brochure.

• Download the 2018 ASA Certificate of Excellence in Ethics Application.

• ASA provides useful model documents to help with your submission and your ethics program. Download the 2018 ASA Certificate of Excellence in Ethics Resources Guide.

• Download the 2018 ASA Certificate of Excellence in Ethics Timeline.

ASA’s Certificate of Excellence in Ethics Program Q&A LinkedIn Group—a forum for getting answers to your questions about the awards and application process. This forum includes current award recipients who have been through the application process and are willing to help guide new applicants through their application process. (Be sure to log-in to your LinkedIn account first.)

• Recipients of the 2017 ASA Certificate of Excellence in Ethics may re-apply for 2018 using the Re-Certification Form.

• Download the ASA Model Code of Ethics for a Construction Subcontractor.


Application deadline: Dec. 7, 2018.




ASA National Construction Best Practices Awards

National Construction Best Practices Award


The ASA National Construction Best Practices Awards recognize prime contractors that exemplify the values of subcontractors, treat subcontractors fairly through use of level-playing-field contract terms, and consider subcontractors part of their core project teams. The program’s rigorous criteria include the use of a standard subcontract whose provisions substantially reflect the best practices incorporated into the ASA-endorsed ConsensusDocs 750 Standard Agreement Between Constructor and Subcontractor, as well as highly favorable evaluations from three specialty trade contractors, based on 20 project management factors.


ASA offers national recognition to prime contractors that are committed to superior business practices like prompt payment. ASA’s annual National Construction Best Practices Awards, developed by the Task Force on Ethics in the Construction Industry, recognize elite prime contractors that uphold best practices and refuse to do business according to the “lowest common denominator.” The application fee is $495. Each prime-contractor applicant must supply three sealed business-practices recommendations from specialty trade contractors that have worked for it in the past year, along with a copy of its standard subcontract, with its application. ASA will honor recipients during an awards ceremony at the ASA annual convention, SUBExcel 2019, March 6-9, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee.


• Watch the National Construction Best Practices Award Video.


• Prime contractors: Download the 2018 National Construction Best Practices Award Application Form.

• Specialty trade contractors: Download the 2018 National Construction Best Practices Award Form for Evaluating the Applicant's Business Practices.

• ASA Chapters: Download the ASA Chapter Guideline for Processing the 2018 National Construction Best Practices Award and other materials under “Industry Relations” in the ASA Chapter Toolbox (Member Log-In Required).


Application deadline: Nov. 2, 2018.




President’s Award

The ASA President’s Award is given by the current ASA president on a discretionary basis to an individual who has helped the president the most during his or her term.




ASA Government Advocacy Award

This award recognizes those individuals and/or advocacy programs that demonstrate success with a government advocacy campaign on issues of importance to construction subcontractors, specialty trade contractors and suppliers. Applications are judged by the ASA Task Force on Government Advocacy.




John H. Hampshire Distinguished Lifetime Service Award

ASA’s highest and most prestigious honor, the John H. Hampshire Distinguished Lifetime Service Award is presented to an individual for outstanding lifetime contribution to ASA and the subcontracting industry. The award is presented to an individual who shares the vision of ASA’s early leaders, and dedicates his or her lifetime working to achieve that vision. John H. Hampshire, Inc., is a Baltimore, Md.-based subcontractor that helped found ASA.




Timmy L. McLaughlin Exemplary Leadership Award

The Timmy L. McLaughlin Exemplary Leadership Award is presented periodically to an individual in special recognition of exemplary leadership. The award is named for Timmy L. McLaughlin, who passed away suddenly on June 9, 2011, during his term as 2010-11 ASA President. He was general manager of Austin Construction Company Inc., Summerville, S.C.




ASA Outstanding Service Award

The ASA Outstanding Service Award is presented periodically to an individual in special recognition of outstanding achievement.




ASA Chapter and Chapter Leadership Awards

ASA Chapter and Chapter Leadership Awards


ASA Chapters


Chapter of the Year—Under 50 Members
Chapter of the Year—50 to 100 Members
Chapter of the Year—Over 100 Members

The Chapter of the Year is presented to the three chapters—one with fewer than 50 members, the second with 50 to 100 members, and the third with more than 100 members—that exemplified outstanding achievement in chapter operations and member service during the previous fiscal year.


Innovation Award
Some ASA chapters and state organizations are content to rely on “tried and true” programs and services, while others seek to “break the mold” and try new and different initiatives. ASA’s Innovation Award is targeted at the latter group—the chapters and state organizations that have developed creative or innovative programs and services that benefit their members during the previous fiscal year.


• Download the Chapter Awards Application (2017-18).

ASA Chapter Bi-Annual Compliance Report (for use in conjunction with ASA Chapter & Chapter Leadership Awards for those chapters that did not complete and submit the compliance report in 2018)

ASA Chapter Annual Best Practices Report (for use in conjunction with ASA Chapter & Chapter Leadership Awards)




ASA Chapter Leadership


President of the Year
The President of the Year is presented to the ASA chapter or state organization president, whose service took place during the previous fiscal year and whose superior leadership efforts and service to his/her association motivated it to achieve its goals. Entries must detail what the president’s and the association’s goals were, how he/she accomplished these goals, and how his/her actions benefited the association. Only local association directors or staff may submit nominations.


Executive Director of the Year
The ASA Executive Director of the Year is presented to a chapter or state organization executive director for outstanding performance in overall association management during the previous fiscal year. Entries must outline specific goals that the staff person was asked to achieve, the resources that were available, and how the executive accomplished the projects. Only local association officers or directors may submit nominations. Association employees may not nominate themselves or their co-workers.


New Executive Director of the Year
The ASA New Executive Director of the Year is presented to a chapter or state organization executive director, who began service during the previous fiscal year, for outstanding performance in overall association management. Entries must outline specific goals that the staff person was asked to achieve, the resources that were available, and how the executive accomplished the projects. Only local association officers or directors may submit nominations. Association employees may not nominate themselves or their co-workers.


• Download the Chapter Leadership Awards Application (2017-18).

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