The Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) was born from Snow Magazine’s first Industry Summit held in September 2010. This open forum discussion led to Snow Magazine’s investigation into the industry’s largest problem: insurance. Snow Magazine Publisher Kevin Gilbride led a small group of volunteers to meet with the insurance industry on behalf of snow contractors.
In a year of research, meetings, and presentations, the group concluded that insurance was the “symptom," and not the “disease.” Many issues plague this industry, starting with the laws in both the U.S. and Canada. These laws drive insurance rates up and create imbalance, unfair competitive practices, and safety issues for our industry.
For example, a company with no experience can enter the industry and get low insurance rates since they have never had a claim, creating a safety issue for society. As claims come in, many turn out to be frivolous, but drive up rates for experienced contractors.
Recognizing that the outside world (property managers, insurance companies, and legislative bodies)
did not look favorably upon the snow and ice management industry, the ASCA took a very structured approach to change those perceptions.
This is why the ASCA was founded on four pillars. These pillars are the foundation on which ASCA member companies base their business. It is these pillars that separate ASCA member companies from the rest of the pack.