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May 19, 2017   
Association News
AFA Is Headed Your Way This Summer

We’re hosting 3 days of networking, exhibits, education and more at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, July 20-22, 2017. Our Southeast Regional Conference is a great chance to build industry connections and further your career with continuing education and certification. Click here for more details about what we have planned.
AFA University offers novice and experienced fence professionals like you an opportunity to gain or improve technical skills, advance your career and build a network of professionals that you can consult with for years to come. Join us at the Hilton Arlington from Nov. 5-10, 2017.
The Operator Installer School (OIS) provides classroom and hands-on training for anyone in the area of automated gate operator installation. Learn the industry standards, types of gates and operators; job safety and more. The Automated Gate System Design School (AGSD) provides the learner with the skills necessary to design an automated gate system including electrical requirements, access control and accessories associated with automated gates. The Fence Installation School (FIS) is a classroom and hands-on course that will teach you how to install wood, vinyl, chain link, ornamental and farm and ranch type fencing. Last but not least, the Sales Training School. Take your sales to the next level by learning the way to approach sales for the fencing industry and how you can close those sales.
Registration will open soon so watch the AFA website for updates.

Do you currently hold the Certified Fence Professional (CFP), Certified Automated Gate Systems Designer (AGSD), or Certified Automated Gate Operator Installer (CAGOI) certification? If so, you are required to accumulate a minimum amount of continuing education credit. The AFA offers numerous educational workshops and training to fulfill your certification requirements. The AFA’s upcoming Regional Education Conferences and AFA University will provide a variety of topics that will benefit multiple employees in your organization.

US Fence Solutions
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
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.

Get the most from your post
Strata Systems, Inc.
Sleeve-It by Strata is the only pre-engineered fence post integration system for segmental retaining walls. Sleeve-It is easy to install, improves structural stability, and eliminates the need for auguring.
Visit our website to learn more!
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.



Upcoming Events
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

July 20-22, 2017
Charlotte, North Carolina

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

Garden State Chapter
July 8, 2017
The chapter will have their annual fishing trip on the Miss Michelle III. More information and details will be available soon.

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. Dinner to follow at approximately 6 p.m. RSVP by Thursday, July 27, 2017, to Bob Peterson at

Northern Ohio Chapter
September 13, 2017
Clay Shoot at Hill and Dale in Medina County. A one-hour safety training course on loading trucks and trailers safely will take place before the shoot begins. For more information, contact Ken Throckmorton, CFP, Northern Ohio Chapter president, at 330-321-5522 or

North Central Regional Conference
September 14-16, 2017
Chicago, Illinois
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