Membership

Download Representative Membership Application Form
(in Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF format)

Download Manufacturer (Associate) Membership Application Form
(in Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF format)

WHY BELONG TO AIM/R?

The ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT MANUFACTURERS’/REPRESENTATIVES, Inc. exists only for you … to further the function and professionalism of industrial representatives individually and as a group … and to advance and promote the benefits of multiple-line selling. Its responsiveness to member needs make it among the most progressive not-for-profit trade associations in the world. When you belong to AIM/R … AIM/R belongs to you!

AIM/R Promotes…

AIM/R “promotes the function” so both manufacturers and customers know the benefits of selling through and buying from multiple-line, field sales professionals.

AIM/R Protects…

AIM/R vigilantly safeguards your interests in Washington, in state capitols and in the industry’s corridors of power. And, AIM/R safeguards your success by being a resource for representatives’ legal rights information and guidance.

AIM/R Improves…

AIM/R offers continuing education programs, publications and priceless opportunities for peer and principal interface.

AIM/R … A Conduit Linking Manufacturers and Representatives

  • As an AIM/R member you will receive Instant Hot Lines E-mail Bulletins of manufacturers seeking representatives – e-mailed within 48 hours of a manufacturer’s request – to all members, or members within the territories or markets specified.
  • Your free listing in the AIM/R Locator puts your firm at the “point-of-sale” when manufacturers
    are selecting a representative. The Locator is distributed to phcp products sales and marketing
    managers – the people that make the critical hiring decisions. (Listings are not available to
    non-members.)

Belonging to AIM/R makes you part of an ever-growing network of member firms. As you get to know your fellow representatives, you benefit from their recommendations to suppliers, still one
of the most potent methods of learning of representation opportunities.

Membership Criteria

AIM/R membership is open to any person, firm or corporation engaged in the PHCP industry as an independent sales representative of manufacturers, representing at least two PHCP manufacturers and maintaining an office and personnel separate, apart from and independent of any such manufacturer or wholesaler firms. An applicant must also agree to maintain the standards of practice set by the Association.

BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP

Belonging to AIM/R isn’t a cost of doing business. It’s an investment with immediate returns. Your valuable member benefits and services not only quickly save you more than the cost of membership, they put you at the threshold of opportunity day after day. As an AIM/R member, you get these and much, much more!

Annual AIM/R Management Conference

AIM/R’s annual three-day conference is a great way to network with other reps who share the same successes and frustrations and it is a great educational opportunity. The manufacturers’ agency business is constantly changing and this is the best way to learn about the trends affecting the business and to learn about coping strategies to deal with today’s challenges.

The life of a rep can be a lonely existence at times and by networking with fellow agents you come away knowing you are not alone and that there is strength in numbers.

Listing In Locator

Whenever you ask a rep, “Are you looking for new lines?” the answer is almost always “I’m always looking for new lines.” One way to access new lines is by joining AIM/R and being listed in the Locator, the plumbing, heating, cooling and piping industry’s leading resource manufacturers use to find reps.

Instant Hot Lines Bulletins

An alternative to the Locator is AIM/R’s Instant Hot Lines E-mail Bulletins that manufacturers use to find reps. As a member of AIM/R, you will receive these notices telling you about potential new lines that are available.

Expert Access

Need to talk to a professional about various aspects of rep business operation?

  • Legal Services Program For Independent Manufacturers’ Representatives – As the owner of a business, chances are you will need legal advice from time to time, whether it’s how to word specific issues in contracts or how to collect commissions from recalcitrant principals. AIM/R’s Legal Services Program for Independent Manufacturers’ Representatives is just the ticket for this.
  • Business Counseling – We live in a time when change is not only inevitable, but it’s occurring at an ever increasing pace. Have a question about what’s going on or the operation of a rep business? You can call AIM/R’s toll-free number and discuss the issue with one of several rep-experienced staff members.
  • Medical, Life, Dental And Disability Insurance – Medical health premiums are becoming an ever increasing part of a manufacturers’ agency’s budget. Our insurance experts can answer questions about medical, life, dental and disability insurance programs and offer AIM/R members a variety of managed-care options and a vast range of deductible plans that help keep premiums low.
  • Business Office Insurance Products – Product, Casualty, Liability, Auto and Workman’s Comp. Insurance are also important aspects of a rep company operation. AIM/R members have access to professionals who can answer questions and provide products and services to fill the needs of the business.
  • Human Resources – Hiring agency personnel is a challenge and AIM/R members can get discounts on a very effective testing program that helps determine whether the applicant is suited for the position or not. Discounted assessments of existing work force personnel are also available.

News & Views, AIM/R’s Quarterly Newsletter

This publication addresses issues specific to the plumbing, heating, cooling and piping industries. It’s a way to stay informed about trends and issues affecting this unique arena.

Rep-Related Publication And Education Discounts

As an AIM/R member, you get a discounted price when you purchase special reports or research bulletins from MANA, the Manufacturers’ Agents National Association, or attend one of their seminars. Thirteen special reports and 71 research bulletins addressing a variety of topics on rep business operation are available. AIM/R members also get discounted prices for all of MANA’s seminars and their Agreement Guidelines.

Annual Year-End Tax Planning Guide

Towards the end of the year, members will receive a tax planning guide which contains information about changes in the tax laws and ways of significantly reducing tax liabilities.

Local Networking Chapters

As an AIM/R member, you will be invited to attend one of MANA’s 24 local networking chapters for education, networking and camaraderie.

Access To MRERF Programs

As AIM/R is a sponsoring member of the Manufacturers’ Representatives Educational Research Foundation (MRERF), members get discounts on the CPMR and other MRERF programs.

Industry Relations

AIM/R has strong relationships with ASA (American Supply Association), ISH North America (International Trade Show for Kitchen and Bath, Plumbing, PVF, Heating and Air Conditioning) and ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers).

Members Online

If your company has a web site you can be listed on the Manufacturer/Associate page of the AIM/R web site. A link to your web site will provide prospective principals with additional information on your business.

Download Representative Membership Application Form
(in Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF format)

Download Manufacturer (Associate) Membership Application Form
(in Adobe Acrobat Reader PDF format)