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July 20, 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 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 16-17, 2016
TFA Full Fundraiser
Downtown Ft. Worth Hilton
Golf tournament to be held at the Iron Horse Golf Course in North Richland Hills.
Details to come. Save the date.
September 16-18, 2016
Carolinas Chapter Meeting
By the Sea @ Myrtle Beach
Details to come. Save the date.
September 23-25, 2016
Gulf South Education Weekend
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The CAGOI and CFP will be administered along with seminars and reviews for the tests. The test will be given at the Hyatt Place Baton Rouge I-10, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. CAGOI is set to be administered for Friday, Sept. 23 and the CFP for Sept. 24. If you are interested in taking either of these tests, contact Pat Calhoun at 601-932-4445 ext. 111.

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.
The Original BadAss Gate Hinge
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
The Original BadAss gate hinge by Shut Itâ„¢, a D&D Technologies company, is a weld-on gate hinge for flat or round post installations. It has a unique bushing design that produces near frictionless movement, two sealed maintenance free bearings, and an adjustable yoke for perfect installations. Gates up 1,100 lbs.
AFA's Education Foundation
The Department of Labor recently announced the interim final rule that allows OSHA to adjust its civil penalties for inflation. OSHA's maximum penalty for serious violations will increase from $12,471 from $7,000. Willful or repeated violations will jump to $124,709 from $70,000. This is the first time OSHA has increased its maximum penalties in more than 25 years.
Outdoor workers may be at the greatest risk of exposure to Zika virus in areas where mosquitoes—the main route of transmission—are spreading the disease. OSHA's new QuickCards, available in English and Spanish, provide information for workers about how to protect themselves from mosquito bites when working outside. The QuickCards offer tips on wearing clothing to cover skin, and using insect repellent on exposed skin. The new guidance also links to the most up-to-date information on Zika from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as potential health outcomes and reproductive effects.
US Fence Solutions
Naylor Association Solutions
Association News
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!
In just three short weeks, the Pacific Northwest Regional Event will take place in Stevenson, Washington. If you are located within that state or nearby, please consider attending this association event.
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.  
Don't miss your chance to target more than 10,600 industry professionals in print and online inside the September/October issue of our flagship magazine, available in both print and interactive digital version! This issue’s features will include perimeter security, fence software, residential add-ons and outdoor living. Participating is your perfect opportunity to gain exposure to manufacturers, contractors and distributors in the fence, deck and railing industries, but space is limited and opportunities are closing soon! The deadline to include your ad space is Friday, Aug. 12.

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.

Thanks to our generous donors, we have raised $135,718.96. The Education Foundation is challenging chapters to give $5,000 and companies to give $1,000 to benefit the students and families in our industry. See the companies who have contributed and make a donation today.

This issue’s theme is "Doing Business in 2017" and will also include bonus distribution at FENCETECH 2017 in San Antonio. Participating is your perfect opportunity to gain exposure to manufacturers, contractors and distributors in the fence, deck and railing industries, but space is limited! For more information, download our media guide or contact Paul Walley at or 417-326-2091.
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
PrivacyLink® recently launched its Noodle Link™ line of fencing. Noodle Link™ stands out from all other pre-inserted fence products by a unique new locking system that uses a flexible round tube to lock the slats securely in place at both the top and bottom of the fence. This new locking system is so groundbreaking that the company has applied for patents on it. And, since the slats are inserted into the chain link mesh at the same time the chain link is woven, there is no need for installers to hand insert slats on the job site which saves time and money.
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
Are you making your sales goals? Congratulations if you are. If not, now is the time to reevaluate your current sales strategies and make some changes. SOURCE: ALLBUSINESS.COM
Moving to a new office space? Whether your business is headed down the block or across town, a poorly managed office relocation can quickly spiral into a huge headache for employees and clients alike. Worse, when you’re knee-deep in boxes and bubble wrap, it’s easy to overlook important details, like updating your business’s address online. SOURCE: SMALL BIZ TRENDS
In the last fifteen years, we've gone through a significant recession, been a part of a technological revolution, and witnessed a huge jump in startups. The economic landscape looks different than it used to, which means interviewing and hiring need to look different as well. Asking these questions will help you find the difference between a passable job seeker and a potential rock star. SOURCE: FORBES
Building camaraderie with your co-workers is an important piece of a healthy working environment - it helps create a stronger and more communicative team. One of the many enjoyable ways to build camaraderie is by heading out to the great outdoors. SOURCE: SOCIALMONSTERS.ORG



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