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June 21, 2016   
Upcoming Events
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.


Chapter/Regional Events 

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 10-13, 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
The first official AFA Regional Event in Denver was a great success with over 100 fence contractors, manufacturers and suppliers attending the Rocky Mountain Regional event. Thirty-five students participated in the Automated Gate System Design School, Sales Training School, Fence Contractor education and the certification exams.
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.
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!
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!
Read more about the Pacific Northwest Regional Event or contact Sarah Ross at or 314-561-6622.  
There is still availability to have your company’s name front and center on AFA’s home page! With more than 170,000 page views per month, get ahead of the competition by featuring your products and services on 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.
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. Thanks to our generous donors, we have raised $135,718.96.
The May/June issue of Fencepostis now online. Catch up on the latest ways to keep homeowners and residents safe this summer around the pool, in our cover story, "On the Safe Side: Fencing and Hardware Choices for Pool Barriers." Look back at AFA's history in our article and infographic, "The Journey" and read about best practices in farm and ranch fencing in the story, "Keeping Critters." These are just a few of the many interesting articles found in the latest issue of Fencepost.

The magazine has a new look and fresh content to help AFA members stay informed on the latest association news and industry information. You will be able to read Fencepost on your desktops, tablets or smart phones and stay in the know! The digital edition contains the same articles, images and ads as the printed copy in a convenient format that mimics the print version. We're excited to bring you this improved version of Fencepost and would like to hear your feedback. Contact the magazine's editor-in-chief at

Chapter News
Mark your calendars for Feb. 2-5, 2017, when AFA takes FENCETECH and NOMMA takes METALfab 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

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!

New Member Savings Program Partners
What distinguishes "good" businesses from "great" ones? Often, it’s the employees. But are you unknowingly throwing up roadblocks that can prevent your team from doing great work? A recent study (PDF) by OC Tanner explores what employees need to achieve great things, and what holds them back from doing so. SOURCE: SMALL BIZ TRENDS
Sixty-nine percent of small and medium-sized businesses are devoting part of their IT budget for 2016 to newer and emerging technologies. These include technologies like 3D printers and wearable devices, as well as dashboard and data visualization software applications. The stat comes from a new survey-based whitepaper by technology company Insight Enterprises Inc. SOURCE: SMALL BIZ TRENDS
Communication is an essential part of running a business. You need to be able to communicate effectively with members of your own team and those outside of your business. Members of the small business community have plenty of knowledge to share about effective communication. Check out some of their top tips below. SOURCE: SMALL BIZ TRENDS



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