Chamberlin General Partner, John Kafka, was awarded the first ever American Subcontractors Association (ASA) – Houston Chapter President’s Award. The award was presented at the 10th Annual Awards Dinner in Houston on January 26, 2007.

ASA – Houston Chapter President, Craig Kramer, personally chose Kafka as the award’s inaugural recipient. Kafka is a past president of ASA, serving 1997 through 1999, and a former member of the Board of Directors.

“Before [the ASA – Houston Chapter] got to where we are now, we went through some very dark times,” said Kramer. “The early 90’s were hard on everyone, especially [our] chapter. We weren’t thriving; we were barely surviving. But then something happened. The association was pointed and pushed in a direction that it had never gone in before. I can pinpoint when that change began, and the individual that made it happen.”

 “When [John Kafka] was elected as president of ASA the economy was changing, it was beginning to turn around, and the construction industry was in recovery mode. Things were getting better, and he knew that it was time for this chapter to step up. He knew we could do it, but it would take a lot of effort from everyone, and he was just the person to lead us.”

 “[John] energized the board of directors. He held the board and the committee members accountable for their duties. He held the chapter and its leaders to the same standards as he did his business. He truly believed in this chapter, its members and this industry – and still does to this day.”

“I would like to say thank you, and recognize [John] for his guidance, his wisdom, his strength and leadership [with] the first ASA – Houston Chapter President’s Award.”

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive the ASA President’s Award,” said Kafka. “ASA has meant a lot to all of us at Chamberlin, and to me personally, for some 25-plus years.”

ASA is the voice dedicated to improving the business environment for subcontractors and specialty contractors in the construction industry. The organization values equitable business practices, integrity, quality construction and a safe and healthy work environment and serves subcontractors and specialty contractors in the construction industry through advocacy, communication, education and networking.

In 1966 the American Subcontractors Association was founded in Washington D.C. Its founders saw a need for an organization that could bring together subcontractors of all trades and labor practices to address common business management needs. In 1974 the Houston Chapter of ASA was formed. Today there are more than 3500 member companies throughout the United States.