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October 20, 2016   
Association News
 
Mark your calendars for Feb. 1-5, 2017 when AFA takes FENCETECH and NOMMA takes METALfab to San Antonio, Texas. Whether you’re an exhibitor or attendee FENCETECH and METALfab have something for everyone. Join your peers from across the country in the largest gathering of the fence and ornamental and miscellaneous metals industries for five days full of industry expertise. NOMMA education will be available for AFA members to attend.

Here’s what’s in store:
  • Education related to today’s technology
  • Business tools, sales tips and training
  • Certification and networking opportunities
  • Expected attendance of 4,800
  • Over 300 booths on the exhibit floor
  • History in the Making Opening Party
  • Annual Meeting/General Session
 
The American Fence Association is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2018 Board of Directors. Participation on the AFA Board of Directors is a unique opportunity for professionals to shape the future of the AFA. Board participation is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop skills, gain unique experience and make lasting connections with other fence professionals. Please review the open positions and nominate a qualified member by Nov. 15, 2016. Read the open letter from Randy Ward, 2017 chair, board of directors. 
 
As the American Fence Association (AFA) celebrates 55 Years of Setting the Standard of Excellence, it is appropriate that we honor those members who have devoted outstanding service and contributions to the fence industry and AFA. Submit your nomination by Nov. 1, 2016. Awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting & General Session at FENCETECH on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Pictures of the award winners will appear in the March/April 2017 issue of Fencepost and on the AFA website. Download a pdf with the full eligibility rules and judging details.
 
US Fence Solutions
DoorKing, Inc.
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. 
 
This year we are bringing all 4 schools together for one action-packed week of education and certification exams. Send your staff to AFA University to learn from our top-notch instructors, and they will return a more professional, skilled, and valuable employee.

The deadline to reserve a room at the host hotel has passed, but there may be some rooms available, so act today!
 

The latest issue of AFA's Fencepost magazine is chock full of great content including the cover story on residential add-ons and features on outdoor living, airport security, and software solutions, to name just a few. The digital edition is available online 24/7; printed copies should be arriving in members' mailboxes now.

AFA appreciates your feedback. If you have a story idea or wish to contribute content, please contact Jeanie Clapp, editor-in-chief, at 352-333-3453.

 
 

Sweepstakes tickets are now on sale to win a truckload of ALTAMIT Oil Stained Doug Fir Fencing from Alta Forest Products.
 
Enter for your chance to win a truckload of Doug Fir ALTAMIT fencing. A $21,000 value! Proceeds benefit the AFAEF.
  • Only 600 tickets will be sold
  • Ticket Price: $150.00
  • Ticket stubs will be mailed to the address you provide
  • 10 Year Warranty - Covers against rot & decay
  • Pre-finished with high-quality oil based stain
  • Tannins provide natural insect & decay resistance 
  • 3/4" thickness for durability and stability
Choose from the following:
  • 1 x 4 x 6’ (3/4" x 3-1/2" x 6’) or 1 x 6 x 6 (3/4" x 5-1/2" x 6’) Pickets
  • Flat Top or Dog Eared
  • Stain Color: Cedartone or Cedartone Brown
The drawing will take place on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, at FENCETECH in San Antonio. You DO NOT have to be present to win. Purchase tickets now.

 
 

The American Fence Association's Education Foundation, in conjunction with the generous support of contributing organizations, has established a scholarship program consisting of several opportunities to assist deserving students finance their education. The program is need-based and is not limited to AFA members.

Application deadline is January 6, 2017. Apply online for the scholarship today.

 
The Original BadAss Gate Hinge
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
The Original BadAss gate hinge by Shut It™, 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.
https://www.shutitgatehardware.com/badass-gate-hinges/the-original-badass-hinge.html
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Upcoming Events
October 25, 2016 12 p.m. eastern Attend this free webinar with Phil Frost of Main Street ROI about how to grow your fence company using online advertising. Phil is a digital marketing expert based in New York, and during the webinar, he'll share practical strategies you can use to attract more customers from Google.
 

Chapter/Regional Events 

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
VEKA
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 www.GSAFA.org for updates, our Facebook Page, search Garden State AFA or email jackpot@gsafa.org.
 
Chapter/regional event information subject to change without notice; please check with your local chapter to verify dates, times, locations and content.
 

 

 
 
A total of 17 foursomes played in beautiful summer weather on Aug. 25 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club as the Michigan Chapter of the American Fence Association (AFA) hosted its traditional annual golf outing.
 
Wheatland Tube
LiftMaster
New Member Savings Program Partners
Advertising options are still available at AmericanFenceAssociation.com, averaging more than 170,000 page views per month! Contact Paul Walley to learn more about featuring your company’s products and services on the official AFA website.
 
Vehicle Detection Has Never Been Easier
EMX Industries, Inc.
The CarSense 303, featuring magnetoresistive technology, is the latest in loop-less vehicle detection. Equipped with EMX's exclusive Detect-on-Stop™, the compact unit can distinguish between stopped and moving vehicles to improve detection in above or below ground applications. A single cut installation saves on labor and materials. The CS303 is the perfect alternative to inductive loops!
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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!

 
Member News
 
Effective Sept. 30, 2016, the AFA is providing its members the potential to lower their insurance premiums and receive the best possible insurance coverage available in the marketplace with an admitted insurance carrier.
 
 

 

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