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June 21, 2017   
Association News
First AFA Regional is a Few Weeks Away

The Southeast Regional in Charlotte, North Carolina, is a few short weeks away on July 20-22, 2017. This is a great opportunity to network with exhibitors and peers, attend education and product demonstration sessions, sit for a certification exam and, of course, have fun! Best of all, you can make it a getaway weekend with friends and family.

Register today at the Charlotte Regional Conference to create your package. Don’t forget to book your room at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel. Extend your stay through Sunday, July 23, and receive the special room rate. Special room rate is available until July 5.

Save the date for the North Central Regional on September 14-16, 2017, at the Hilton Rosemont. Featuring networking, exhibits, education, and more, the event provides something for everyone in your organization. Registration will open in July. Stay tuned for the latest information on exhibitors, courses, and the fun offsite excursion.
We’re happy to announce that a pro in your network has received the "Best of HomeAdvisor Award" for 2017! Only the top-rated pros that exemplify quality practices and premier services are bestowed this prestigious award!   The American Fence Association recipient of the 2017 Best of HomeAdvisor Award is: Chris Vetere Virtue Fence Company, NJ
The Canadian Anti Spam Law (CASL) applies to all commercial electronic communications (CEM’s) whether they be about membership, bulletins, committee materials, FENCETECH, meetings or other industry information. Sending AFA bulletins to a Canadian member’s email address would fall under the definition of CEM. In order to send these messages, AFA must have some form of consent, express or implied. You will also have to keep records of the consent.
Recent changes in Canadian law affect AFA’s ability to communicate with you through Commercial Electronic Messages. These are communications to an email, instant messaging, telephone or similar account. Under the law, we only need your implied consent to communicate with you in this manner until June 30, 2017. Our existing relationship with you as a member of AFA has given and may continue to give us that implied consent. Effective July 1, 2017, however, the Canadian Anti-Spam Law (CASL) could require that we have your express, affirmative consent in order for us to continue communicating with you via email, text message or pre-recorded voice messages.
US Fence Solutions
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.
Industry certifications not only set you apart from your competitors, but they reflect your commitment to education and training. Now is the time to obtain your Blue Ribbon Company (BRC), Certified Fence Professional (CFP), Certified Automated Gate Operator Installer ( CAGOI), or Certified Automated Gate Systems Designer ( CAGSD).

Minimum requirements vary for each certification. Visit the AFA website to learn more.
Where else can you attend one of four schools that provides classroom and hands-on training? This is what sets AFA University apart from similar training programs. Scheduled November 5-10, 2017, AFA University will feature: •Operator Installer School (OIS) •Automated Gate System Design School (AGSD) •Fence Installation School (FIS) •Sales Training School (STS) •Certification Exams (CFP, CAGOI, CAGSD) and more Training is ideal for fence professionals at all experience levels. If you are seeking to gain or improve your technical skills, advance your career, and build a network of professionals, AFA University is for you. Registration is now open! Learn more about AFA University.
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. You will not want to miss this event, February 6-9, 2018. Room blocks and registration will open at the end of the summer.



Upcoming Events
Colorado Chapter

Join the Colorado Chapter for their annual golf tournament on June 17 at the beautiful Omni Interlocken Resort. For more information and sponsorship opportunities please reach out to

Pacific Northwest Chapter
"Semiahmoo Resort" isn’t just fun to say; it’s an amazing destination with spectacular gourmet dining, a sparkling outdoor pool, a full-service spa, and award-winning golf.
Join us there August 17-20 for networking that’s such a good time, you’ll forget you’re making important professional contacts. If you’re interested in sponsorship or event details, please call Brad Howard (916-257-6707) or Dave Cochenour (360-601-0649). Hope to see you in Semiahmoo! 

North Central Chapter
The 17th annual four-person best ball golf tournament is scheduled for August 10. The North Central Chapter will have a 1 p.m. shotgun start to kick off their tournament and meeting. RSVP to Bob Peterson at

Northern Ohio Chapter
The Northern Ohio AFA will be hosting their fourth sporting clay shoot at the beautiful Hill’n Dale Club. Hill’n Dale is a private sportsman’s club that offers a lot of venues including trap, skeet and sporting clays. This will be a fun day for all that attend. We intend to invite not only AFA members, but also non-members in the fence and fence-related industries. We had an incredible turnout at this event last year. For more information please reach out to chapter president Ken Throckmorton at
Are you under 35 and working in the fence industry? We want YOU to be part of the new AFA Young Fence Professionals (YFP) networking group. The YFP will have dedicated training to help you elevate your career along with unique networking opportunities.

The first networking event will take place in Garland, TX, at one of our member companies' office and warehouse. If you know of anyone who would benefit from this networking group, please pass this along to them.

When: August 25, 2 017
Where: Fortress Fence Products
Who: Anyone Under 35
Cost: FREE
Registration will open June 23.

For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities please reach out to Caroline Scott at
Please check with your accounts payable department that they have the current address for the American Fence Association. AFA is still receiving numerous checks and correspondence addressed to our old suite number. The current address is 6404 International Parkway, Suite 2250-A, Plano, TX 75093.
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Take a look at trends and issues with fence industry leaders and contractors across the country as they share their insights into today’s market and the future to help you make better business decisions. Every major sector of the fence industry is represented on the FenceSense board, including an external economist who watches the housing, construction, and public markets. To sign up to receive this monthly publication automatically, click here.
Learn from the legal experts about what is new or changing in the business world.
Welcome New Members
David Alexander, FenceScreen Kelsea Bachman, BOK Modern Carrisa Bozarth, A American Fence Company, LLC Mike Bradley, ACDS Jerame & Phyllis Breeden, Van's Fence LLC Troy Burlingame, Virtue Inc. Josef Chen, LP Building Products William Cliff, Elite Tiger Landscaping LLC Christopher Coombs, Coombs Fencing LLC Michael Ely, Great Lakes Fence Company Casey Epperson, United Treating & Distribution, LLC Rolf Giest, Rolfs Fence Works Val Gonzales, Fence Masters Paul Jones, R & S Erection of Richmond Inc. Trevor Kubena, K- Fencing & Fab. Missy Lee, Discount Fence, Inc. Martin Luan, LOT Fence Kirk Martin, H&K Smart Fence Dan McAlpine, Mt. Adams Fence Co. James McLean, ZND UK Limited Bob Melenyzer, American Armor Gate Operator Randal Morgan, Protechtive Perimeters Doug Morton, Sol Homes llc DONALD NAIDUS, D.H.N. & ASSOCIATES, INC. Jean Palmegiani, Florida Aluminum System Nadia Romeo, Coway Systems Inc. Darrin Schneider, Colonial Post and Fence Scott Sweeney, Seago, Inc. Darren Tews, Pro-Soil Site Services, Inc.
Christine Beato, Reliable Fence & Supply Co., Inc. Don Boose, Prolink Supply Mike Chandler, Alamance Fence Company, Inc. Michael Chapko, East Whittier City School District Dewayne Cooper, Allied Fence Co. of Dallas Norma Cordova, Ramset Automatic Gate Systems, Inc. Debbie Corkin, Betafence USA Chris Cox, Brother's Fence Company Jennifer Crowe, Diamond Fence Co Tom Gifford, Superior Plastic Products Chester Gilliam, Wizard Works Security Systems, Inc. Adam Glatz, UVX Universal Vinyl Extruders, Inc. Chris Griego, Home Advisor Stacey Hammit, Carnahan White LLC Doyle Hinds, A-1 American Fence, Inc. Kristi Ifft, Ifft Quality Fencing Mark Inglis, RFL Group (Rain Forest Lumber Co., Inc. dba) Jennifer Keefe, Top Line Fence Company, LLC Brennan King, Berkshire Fence Company Gabriel Navarro, Construfence Scott Norman, Top Line Fence Keith Pace, Texarkana Fence John Payne, Tejas Ranch Fence John Redding, All Star Contracting, Inc. DBA All Star Fence Kevin Roberts, Imperial Fence Co. Inc. Forrest Scott, Forrest Scott Fencing Scott Silva, S&S Fencing Renee' Spalding, Taylor County Fence Carl Stupor, The Gateman Inc. Dave Swisher, Builders Fence Co., Inc. Brian Thorpe, Automated Equipment Co. Vince Tomkulak, Avant Guard Gates & Access Controls, Ltd. Donald Weakley Jr., MS Builders Inc., dba Fence Masters Dave White, Locinox USA



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