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May 23, 2016   
Upcoming Events

June 2-4, 2016
Rocky Mountain Regional Event
Omni Interlocken Hotel
Broomfield, Colorado
For more information or to register, visit

June 3, 2016
CFCA Q2 Chapter Meeting
UL325/ASTM Presentation - Golf Tournament
June 4, 2016
Gulf South Chapter Event
Birmingham Barons Baseball Event
Contact Jennifer Palmer for more information at or call (601) 932-4445 ext. 112.

June 8-9, 2016
DASMA Mid-Year Meeting
Chicago, Illinois
DASMA meetings are open only to members and prospective members. Contact for more information.
June 10-11, 2016
Texas Chapter Summer Meeting
The Hilton
Waco, Texas
Friday, June 10
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Board meeting
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Cocktails and dinner
7:30 – 9 p.m. Dinner and general meeting

Saturday, June 12 
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Anniversary Park for TFA Fun Day 
Entry fee will be $50 per person (BBQ lunch included)
Signups will be in teams of two:
Games to include: cornhole, pasture pool, toilet lids, yard darts and human hungry hippo. Each team will play as many games as possible from 9 a.m. to noon.  The team with the most points will win the following: 1ST PLACE - $200, 2ND PLACE - $150, 3RD PLACE - $100. BBQ lunch will be available during this time.
7 p.m. - Group dinner at Manny’s On The River, 1620 Martin Luther King Blvd., Waco, TX 79704, 254-757-1617.
June 15, 2016
Western Pennsyvlania & West Virginia Chapter Sporting Clay Shoot

2 p.m. Registration and practice
3 p.m. Shotgun start - Clays
5 p.m. Dinner
Hunting Hills Shooting Preserve
181 Hunting Hills Road, Dilliner, PA 15327
Please email for more information.
July 9, 2016
Garden State AFA Fishing Trip
3 - 11 p.m., departing from Pt. Pleasant, NJ
July 29-31, 2016
Carolinas Chapter Meeting
River Float
Details to come. Save the date.

August 10-14, 2016
Pacific Northwest Regional Event
Skamania Lodge
Stevenson, Washington
For more information or to register, visit

August 13-16, 2016
Board of Directors and Board of Governors Mid-Year Meeting
Skamania Lodge
Stevenson, Washington
September 15, 2016
Western PA/West Virginia Chapter Event
Topic: Medical Benefits
12 p.m.
Master Halco, 101 Steel St., Aliquippa, PA
Free lunch at noon. Must make reservations no later than one week before.

September 16-18, 2016
Carolinas Chapter Meeting
By the Sea @ Myrtle Beach
Details to come. Save the date.
September 30-October 1, 2016
CFCA Q3 Meeting
Peppermill Hotel
Reno, Nevada 
Details to come. Save the date.

November 15, 2016
Carolinas Chapter Meeting
Charlotte, NC
Details to come. Save the date.

December 1, 2016
Western PA/West Virginia Chapter Event
PA 1 Call-Loss Prevention
3 p.m. tour of plant. Meeting and dinner to follow
Must make reservation for dinner no later than one week before.
March 3-4, 2017
Garden State Chapter Jackpot 2017
Harrah's Resort, Atlantic City, NJ
Friday, March 3: Educational seminars, exhibitor set-up, the Jackpot kickoff party at "The Pool"
Saturday, Marc 4: Jackpot 2017 Tradeshow in the "new" Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah's AC
Registration for exhibitors and attendees will open 4th quarter of 2016. Rooms will also be available to reserve at that time. Rooms will be available in the GSAFA Room block for Thurs., Fri, and Sat. nights. Check for updates, our Facebook Page, search Garden State AFA or email
Chapter/regional event information subject to change without notice; please check with your local chapter to verify dates, times, locations and content.
Wheatland Tube
DoorKing, Inc.
US Fence Solutions
Naylor Association Solutions
Association News
Associations Unveil Show Dates in San Antonio, Texas February 1 – 5, 2017 Tony Thornton, CFP, CAGOI, CAGSD, Executive Director of American Fence Association (AFA), and Todd Daniel, CAE, Executive Director of National Ornamental and Miscellaneous Metals Association (NOMMA), recently announced plans to co-locate FENCETECH and METALfab at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, February 1 – 5, 2017.
With summertime, backyard barbecues, and pool parties just around the corner, act now so you don’t miss the chance to get into the July/August issue of our flagship magazine, available in both print and interactive digital version! But hurry, ad opportunities close on Thursday, June 9.

Contact your Naylor representative today to reach AFA members and key players in the industry. For more information, download our media guide or contact Paul Walley at or 417-326-2091.
AFA is taking the show on the road, bringing educational opportunities, certification exams and exciting networking events to your area. We're excited to roll out our first year of AFA regional events and look forward to engaging with you, our members!
 June 2-4, 2016
Rocky Mountain Regional Event
Broomfield, Colorado
Social activities include: chapter meeting and keynote speaker (Friday night), family picnic and golf tournament (Saturday) 

August 10-14, 2016
Northwest Regional Event - "Summer Fun"
Stevenson, Washington
Social activities include: white water rafting, zipline, golf tournament, wine tasting, chapter meeting and dinner 
Sponsorship opportunities available!
Click here for more information or contact Sarah Ross at or 314-561-6622.  
Raising the Bar to 250k As a member of the American Fence Association, you know the high priority we place on education. In 2003, AFA formed the AFA Education Foundation (AFAEF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, to bring educational opportunities into reach for people in the fence industry. Scholarships are given to highly deserving candidates enrolled in a college or trade school. These candidates are either employed in the fence, deck, and railing industry or the child of a current industry employee – these are OUR industry peers! Reaching a $250k benchmark enables greater impact on the students and families in our industry. It allows AFAEF to apply for matching funds from corporate and private foundations, including the Gates Foundation and many others. The Education Foundation is challenging chapters to give $5,000 and companies to give $1,000. See the companies who have contributed and MAKE YOUR DONATION:
November 6-11, 2016 Fort Worth, Texas Improve your skills and advance your career at AFA University this fall. AFA University offers a chance to demonstrate a higher level of understanding and professionalism within the fence and access control industry. AFA University's comprehensive schools and additional certification programs allow anyone to increase their knowledge of sales, design, installation and more.

To all AFA members:
If you have pictures or videos demonstrating what you and your crews do every day on the job, please email them to AFA. They will be posted to the association's Facebook page and rolled out via Twitter. Share with others the great work you do every day!

Chapter News
Mark your calendars for Feb. 2-5, 2017, when AFA takes FENCETECH to San Antonio, Texas. You'll join leading fence industry manufacturers, distributors and contractors and get four days of education, certifications, networking and sessions about industry trends and technology.
Member News
EMX along with other OEM companies in the door and gate industry are coming together for a "TOUR 4 2016" tour to educate distributors, dealers and installers on the new UL 2016 requirements and the changes that have transpired for UL325 compliancy. This coalition will also focus on the newest operator models manufactured by DoorKing and Nice and explain how access control accessories manufactured by EMX and Miller Edge work in conjunction with these operators and others. The tour will include 31 seminars from April through October 2016.
Are you an AFA member with a great success story to share? Is there an article topic you'd like to see covered in an upcoming issue? Do you have a story you'd like to submit for possible publication? Please contact Jeanie Clapp, editor-in-chief, at
New Member Savings Program Partners
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Starting a new business can be one of the most exciting, anxiety-inducing ventures one can undertake in a lifetime. In this technological era, a website is another business necessity. While you may have a great product or service, without a website, your credibility diminishes greatly. Customers look to your website to find out who you are and if you’re trustworthy. SOURCE: SMALL BIZ TRENDS
Customer satisfaction is an elusive concept for every business, be it a huge corporation or a small startup. Companies have spent millions compiling statistics, research, interviews, focus groups, etc. trying to determine the magic formula for a loyal customer and repeat visitor. Every client is different and therefore will be pleased or disappointed by a myriad of personal exchanges and outcomes. SOURCE: SMALL BIZ TRENDS



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