Attending the Annual United Assemblers Round Table
Author Ryan Tate
Posted April 4, 2013 in category

United Assemblers LogoI’m excited to head out to Columbus tomorrow for the annual United Assemblers Round Table where assembly professionals, product manufactures, dealers and more congregate to discuss everything from installation techniques to business tips.  I’m looking forward to meeting some of the professionals I deal with on a weekly basis but have never met in person including Kenny at Reliant, Paul Bryant at PDQScott Jennings at Fittech and William Field at CJ’s.  I also look forward to meeting new techs to help bolster our basketball goal installation coverage nation-wide.

Mike Mehrle, the founder of United Assemblers and organizer of the Round Table, also let me know that we’ll get to hear from Phil Sorentino, an Ohio native and great business speaker from what I hear.

Seeing as this is a Round Table conference, I thought I’d gather my thoughts while writing this post and come up with topics I’d like discuss should the situation arise.

Apprehension to basketball goal installation
For those techs that don’t do basketball goal installation, what is your apprehension?  I can address those concerns directly and then we can discuss how I can make installation of basketball goals more approachable in the future to professionals not at the conference.

Most innovative basketball goal installation technique
I can get the ball rolling with a few…

  1. One-man assembly with a chain
    Really the only part of installation that requires help with most basketball goals is mounting the backboard.  On Pro Dunk systems it is a bit easier because it will adjust down so far but still too much for one person to tackle.  I heard of a ingenious way to solve this problem.  It’s as simple as it is effective.  Attach a chain between the actuator and extension arm allowing the extension arm to go lower.  Mount the backboard from the ground.  Raise the system and attach the spring assist cartridge.  Remove the chain and then attach the actuator.
  2. One-day installation with cinder blocks
    Marlon Ramroop in New Jersey uses this technique all the time.  It effectively expands his service area and increases margins.  Install the pier using cinder blocks in the morning and swing back by in the afternoon to put the top on.  Is anybody else doing this?  How is it done exactly?

Customer preparation and expectation management
How can we as a manufacturer prepare our customer more effectively before handing them off to you as an assembly professional?  In that same vein, what materials can we provide to you to help make installation smoother?  We are planning on sending out free pier kits to installers in our directory to help speed up installation.  Contact me to make sure you are included in this program if you’re interested.

If asked to speak I thought I’d talk a little bit about technology in our industry as it is something I keep tabs on outside of basketball goals.  I’d take my inspiration from a post I wrote several months ago.  The Modern Basketball Assembly Professional.

I’m really looking forward to the Round Table and hope to take away some great information and foster new relationships to help our customers get the best possible service post-purchase.  Leave your suggestions on any topics you think I should bring up in the comments section below. 

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