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December 20, 2016   
Association News

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM AFA!
The American Fence Association wishes each and everyone of you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! May 2017 bring you much continued success!

 

AFA EDUCATION FOUNDATION - SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE COMING SOON

AFAEF has created several opportunities to assist deserving students in helping finance their education. This program is need-based and is not limited to AFA members.

In order to be eligible to receive one of these scholarships, you must submit a completed application online. Please note the following when applying:
  • Please read over the application and complete all sections. Incomplete applications shall not be considered by the Selection Committee.
  • Scoring of applications is based upon a "point per answer" system. Be certain to give as much information as possible to aid the committee in its selection.
  • We must receive your completed application submission no later than Jan. 6, 2017.
Application available here.
 

NOT GETTING FENCEPOST AND YOU'RE A MEMBER?
Fencepost magazine is distributed six times per year in a print and online format to approximately 7,500 industry professionals. Submit your contact information to AFA to ensure you don't miss another issue!

 
Chapter News
HAVE YOU REGISTERED FOR FENCETECH?
By now you must know that AFA is taking FENCETECH and NOMMA is taking METALfab to San Antonio, Texas Feb. 1-5, 2017. 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. See below for a few highlights. Register here.
 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION & GENERAL SESSION
Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 | 9 a.m.
Following the Annual Meeting, join the AFA and NOMMA and listen to businessman and motivational speaker Steve Gilliland as he addresses the industry. Steve Gilliland is a four time author, master story teller and brilliant comedian. He has been recognizes by Who's Who for Speakers and Business Professionals, and the Pittsburgh Business Times named his company one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the region.


YOUNG FENCE PROFESSIONALS NETWORKING RECEPTION
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. at The Grotto
Meet your Board of Directors, Board of Governors and Past Presidents of the AFA, as well as fellow Young Professionals. AFA is a launching this forum to develop the AFA’s future leaders.


HISTORY IN THE MAKING - OPENING PARTY
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017 | 6 p.m. at The LDR & The Grotto
Party the night away at the networking event of the year! Mingle with fellow attendees and exhibitors at The LDR & Grotto, a charming section of the San Antonio River Walk with Texas flair. Get your groove on with entertainment from Prophets and Outlaws, an exciting southern rock band with soul.

PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW - THIS EVENT WILL SELL OUT!

Members: $60 Early-Bird, $75 Onsite
Non-Members: $75 Early-Bird, $90 Onsite
SPONSORED BY: Liftmaster and Country Estate

CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL D-FENCE WATCH PARTY
Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 | 4 p.m. at Yard House
Come root for your favorite team as we watch the big game on multiple screens at Yard House on the River Walk (located across from the Marriott Rivercenter). You will enjoy game day snack food in the exclusive VIP area for attendees of FENCETECH and METALfab. Full cash bar will be available. This event is complimentary, however you must RSVP your attendance at the time of registration.
SPONSORED BY: mySalesman

NEW THIS YEAR: CLASSES AVAILABLE IN SPANISH
In an effort to provide educational opportunities to our Spanish-speaking attendees, the AFA will offer the following courses taught in Spanish by Jimmy Martinez and Jesus Nieto:

Contracts and Collections (Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8:00am)
Budgets and Profitability (Thursday, Feb. 2 at 9:30am)

For the full schedule of classes and events, visit FENCETECH.com.

DON'T MISS OUT ON FENCETECH HOTEL RATES
Fencetech room blocks are selling out and our special rate for attendees will be ending soon. Be sure to book your hotel before the following deadlines:

Grand Hyatt – December 30, 2016
Hilton Palacio del Rio – Sold Out!
Marriott Rivercenter – January 6,2017
Marriott Riverwalk – Sold Out!
La Quinta Inns & Suites – January 11, 2017

Make your reservation here.
 
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DoorKing, Inc.
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

VMA FENCETECH SEMINARS

FENCETECH Seminars:

VMA Annual Meeting and Roundtable
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
10 - 10:30 a.m.
Open meeting for professionals interested in an overview of the goals and accomplishments of the vinyl fence, railing university.

Tier 1 Sales Training
Friday, Feb. 3, 2017
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Learn how to sell benefits of becoming a member of the VMA

Register for FENCETECH today.

 
Now more than ever, professionals consume information on the go. AFA's Across the Fence eNewsletter allows members to stay informed about timely industry topics and association news whether they are in the office or on the road. Contact Paul Walley to learn more about featuring your company's products and services in this monthly digital publication.
 
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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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Member News
 
   
It was Oct. 1 of this year when a fence owner discovered his general liability claim was denied by the insurance company. The accident occurred on August 10, when one of his employees accidentally damaged part of a house in Orange County, California. The owner of the fencing company began reviewing his current general liability policy and read it from front to back. This was the first time he noticed that he had a residential exclusion in his general liability policy. The owner had no idea that he was not covered for this type of work. Can this happen to you and your fence company? Yes, it can.
 
 

 

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