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April 20, 2017   
Upcoming Events
Colorado Chapter
April 20, 2017
April meeting will be held at Famous Dave’s in Colorado Springs. The meeting will be on Thursday, April 20. For more information, please email

Garden State Chapter
May 11, 2017
Grab your ball cap and glove; this chapter is going to have a home run night of networking! Save the date for our meeting, Thursday May 11, where the GSAFA will cheer on the Lakewood Blue Claws. This is just the start to the summer fun! On July 8, the chapter will have their annual fishing trip on the Miss Michelle III. More information and details will be available soon.

Northern Ohio Chapter
May 18, 2017
Northern Ohio will be having their next meeting on May 18 with a special webinar from Market Hardware. More information will be sent out prior to the meeting; to RSVP, please email chapter president Ken Throckmorton, CFP at

Memphis Tri-State Chapter
May 19, 2017
Save the date for their Annual Friday Night Golf Tournament Hospitality and Reception Hosted by Stateside Steel and Wire at the Gold Strike Casino and Resort. The event will be on Friday, May 19 from 7 - 11 p.m. to kick off the weekend of activities. The Annual Golf Tournament will consist of a Friday practice round, Robert O’Kelly Memorial Putting Contest, Scramble format golf tournament, and $1,000 cash prize raffle. For more information, email

New York / Long Island Chapter
May 28, 2017
All aboard! On May 28, the NY/LI Chapter will join together to watch the Jones Beach Air Show featuring the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds on the Captain Jim 3. For questions and more information, please reach out to chapter president Ken Piil at 516-594-1550.

Texas Chapter
June 2-3, 2017
Join the TFA for their summer meeting June 2-3 in Waco, Texas! Their chapter meeting will consist of networking, a general membership meeting, guest speaker, picnic, game day on the Brazos River and so much more! Please contact chapter president Chuck Boyd, with any questions at

North Central Chapter
August 10, 2017
The 18th annual 4-person best ball golf tournament is scheduled for August 10. The North Central Chapter will have a 1 p.m. shot gun start to kick off their tournament and meeting. RSVP to Bob Peterson at
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AFA's Education Foundation
Make your contribution anytime day or night using our online donation form! Select a pre-determined amount or enter any amount you wish to contribute. Funds are used to award need-based scholarships to fence industry professionals or their children to further their education. Thank you to our many donors for supporting our goal of reaching $250,000. We are getting close. Don’t delay; make your tax-deductible donation now.

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Association News
AFA is headed to the Charlotte and Chicago metro areas in a few short months. Mark your calendars and make plans to attend three days of networking, exhibits, education and more in both locations:
Charlotte: July 20-22, 2017, at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
Chicago: Sept. 14-16, 2017, at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare Hotel
The regional conferences will kick off with an evening reception followed by a full day of continuing education courses and certification exams (CAGOI, CAGSD, or CFP) the next day. Each conference will close with a fun outing on the final day. Stay tuned for updates.
AFA University has built a reputation for providing quality educational training to our members, and this year will be no different. Join us at the Hilton Arlington from Nov. 5-10, 2017. AFA will offer Automated Gate Systems Design School (AGSD); Operator Installer School (OIS); Sales Training School (STS); and Fence Installation School (FIS). Need to take a certification exam? The CAGOI, CAGSD, CFP and First Aid/CPR certifications will also be available. Whether you are new to the industry or a seasoned professional, AFA University offers something for everyone. Registration will open in June.
Do you want to save at least the cost of your AFA membership and potentially thousands of dollars? The Member Savings Program (MSP) is a complimentary benefit to all AFA members and is easy to enroll in. Please join Mark Schiavone on April 26, 2017, at 1 p.m. CST for an informational webinar on how you can save thousands of dollars on overhead costs. A recent Texas member saved around $70,000 annually and we want to do the same for you.
In an effort to provide relevant programs, services and resources to our members, AFA requests your feedback about the industry as it relates to your region. This will help AFA identify areas of growth as well as challenges facing its members. The survey will take two minutes or less to complete.
The Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia chapter is offering the CAGOI exam May 19, 2017, at the Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Airport. The general meeting starts at 8 a.m.; testing at 9 a.m. They will be reimbursing up to 12 persons who are employees of a current member company. Each company is eligible to receive 2 reimbursements, which are not dependent on the individual passing the exam. Space is limited to 12 people. For more information, email or call 724-709-9583.
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Chapter News

Save the date for FENCETECH 2018 in sunny Phoenix, Arizona! FENCETECH will feature top-notch education, technology, networking opportunities and exhibitors for the best trade show in the industry.



Member News
Learn about current legal and regulatory developments and trends that are impacting the fence industry.
These companies have joined the association within the last 30 days. Welcome to the AFA family!
A-1 Fence Company
Carlton, MN
Duquesne Fence
Aliquippa, PA
Miller Fence Company
Lexington, TN
The Fence Experts
Gap, PA
Allied Fence Inc
Orlando, FL
Eagle Access Control Systems, Inc.
Sylmar, CA
Missouri Fence Company
Bois D Arc, MO
Big Red Heritage Wire and Gates
Fyansford, Australia
Fremont, CA
RM Fence and Deck Solutions
Ballston Lake, NY
Coway Systems Inc.
Miami Beach, FL
Keller, TX
Rolfs Fence Works
Bellport, NY

Danny's Fence LLC
Old Bridge, NJ
Florida State Fence
Tampa, FL
T-Brace System, LLC
Bedford, VA
Doringer Cold Saws, Inc.
Gardena, CA
Impressive Fence & Gate Service
Tampa, FL
Texas Fence and Stain
Rowlett, TX

New Member Savings Program Partners
What is it that drives employee motivation? More specifically, what is it that causes an employee to WANT to do his or her job? After all, the answer to these important questions are the key to the motivation of employees and employer happiness. And, even more important than knowing what it is that motivates an employee is whether or not this motivation is something that will cause an employee to go through the motions of doing the job or instill actual desire for a job well done in the employee's mind. BY MYRON CURRY



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