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August 21, 2017   
Association News
North Central Regional Conference
September 14-16, 2017
Hilton Rosemont
Chicago, IL
 
Register today and do not miss this opportunity to interact with exhibitors, attend product demos and education sessions, and have an opportunity to win prizes at the North Central Regional Conference, September 14-15, 2017, in Rosemont, Illinois.
 
To view the event schedule, sessions, and to register, visit the North Central Regional Conference page.
 
 
   
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) -- celebrating 10 years! • 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.
 
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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. 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
AFA’s Young Fence Professionals (YFP) are hosting a free networking happy hour for the fence industry and beyond. Join us to talk shop, trade cards and clink glasses from 1:30-3 p.m. on August 25, 2017 at Fortress Building Products, 1720 North 1st Street, Garland, Texas 75040. Anyone 35 and under is welcome: members of AFA, IDA, and NOMMA, plus interested non-members too. Register now and spread the word!
 
Register now to attend "One Silver Bullet, Two Shocking Surprises and One Big, Fat LIE about Google," presented by Market Hardware, an AFA Business Partner. Join a panel of experts on Thursday, September 14 from 1 to 2 p.m. CDT to discuss the hottest trends that will take your business to the next level.
 
California Chapter
The California Chapter will hold its Semi-Annual Meeting, Golf Tournament and Appreciation Dinner October 6-8 at Paradise Point in San Diego, California. Play a round of golf, attend the chapter meeting (for members only) and join the chapter in acknowledging those individuals who have contributed to their chapter's success over the years. Click here for more information. 

Carolinas Fence Association Chapter
Carolinas Fence Association is proud to be hosting its 42nd annual By-The-Sea event in the beautiful city of Wilmington, North Carolina September 15-17. This event has it all - great educational sessions, golf tournament, keynote speaker, quality networking opportunities and a family cornhole tournament. This annual event provides a great opportunity for vendors, clients, owners, installers and estimators to connect with one another over a fun-filled weekend. The By-The-Sea event has become the premier event in which the Carolinas Fence Association comes together. The CFA would appreciate any level of participation from its patrons. Click here for more information. 
CFCA Chapter
We hope Reno is ready because the CFCA Chapter is coming for a three-day golf tournament and auction September 14-17. Our event will be full of laughter, good times, and delicious food. To register please contact Janeekilgore@gmail.com

Colorado Chapter
The Colorado Chapter of the AFA has planned the rest of 2017 with three more incredible events you will not want to miss. On August 26, join our chapter for a fun and competitive Sporting Clays tournament at Colorado Clay Shoot. After you mark this date on your calendar, reserve October 20 for a Bocce Ball Tournament and December 2 for the annual holiday party at TopGolf! For more information and questions, please reach out to Sandra Tucker at info@coloradofenceassociation.com

Florida Fence Association 
 To better serve the Florida region for our AFA members, a new Chapter has been established and we need your involvement to make a difference in our industry. The Florida Fence Association has held one planning meeting in Orlando and the next planning meeting will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Orlando at the Holiday Inn & Suites across from Universal Orlando. This upcoming meeting will establish a Chapter Board and Chapter Committees. To support the revitalization of the Florida region and support the members, we hope and encourage your involvement. RSVP to Nick Rike at nrike@jamiesonfence.com or call 407-745-5247 office, 937-305-4984 cell.

Gulf South Chapter
The Fall Meeting (Education Weekend) is September 29-30 at the Courtyard Marriott in Bossier City, Louisiana. The CFP & CAGOI Tests will be administered at 8 a.m. on September 29 at the Marriott (must register). The schedule for the afternoon seminars is to follow. On the morning of September 30 there will be additional seminars followed by a mid-afternoon social with the General Meeting. For more information, contact Ryan Becnel or Jennifer Rome at 225-265-7916 or by email at trplbconstfence@aol.com.
 
It is never too early to get in the holiday spirit! Mark your calendar for December 2 in New Orleans for the Gulf South Chapter Annual Holiday Meeting and Celebration at Pat O’Brien’s. You will not want to miss this exciting event on Bourbon Street. Reach out to Jennifer Palmer, jennifer@calhounfenceinc.com, for questions and registration. 

Midwest Chapter
Join the Midwest Chapter for the ultimate stay and play destination at the Shangri-La Resort in Monkey Island, Oklahoma. Located on the shores of beautiful Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees on September 15-16 will be a weekend of golf, networking, and fun for everyone. Call President Barry Baker, with any questions at 316-390-6668.

 Northeast Chapter
Get ready for a great golf outing at the Connecticut National Golf Club on August 25 with the Northeast Chapter of the AFA. Registration and sponsorship opportunities are now open. Contact President Kim Miller at kmiller@millerfence.com
 
Mark your calendars for the remaining chapter events for the 2017 year! 
October 13, 2017 (FRI)– Dimillo’s On the Water - Portland, ME
December 8, 2017 (FRI)– Holiday Party on The Odyssey Harbor Cruise – Boston, MA

Northern Ohio Chapter
Get your shotguns ready; the Northern Ohio Chapter is hosting a sporting clay shoot on September 13 in Medina, Ohio. After the tournament, there will be a steak dinner for all that register. For more information and questions, please contact Ken Throckmorton at 330-321-5522 or foreverfencerail@yahoo.com or Tom Polen at tom@elyriafence.com

Pacific Northwest
"Semiahmoo Resort" isn’t just fun to say; it’s an amazing destination with spectacular gourmet dining, sparkling outdoor pool, full-service spa, and award-winning golf. Join us there on 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! 

Texas Chapter
The TFA golf tournament is getting closer and "The Bill Turner Cup" is up for grabs! On September 29-30 in Fort Worth the Texas Chapter will be teeing off for their golf tournament fundraiser and rolling the dice at the casino themed party at the Hilton on Friday night. For more information, please reach out to Vice President Sean Cooper at cooper@alliedfencedallas.com
 
Please check with your accounts payable department to ensure 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.
 
New Member Savings Program Partners
 
Your digital edition of the latest issue of Fencepost is available for your reading pleasure.This issue focuses on the importance of an educated workforce for the professional fence company, keys to improving reducing fuel costs with fleet tracking, new technologies in the access industry market, and much more. Start reading today!
 
 
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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.
 
Advertising on the AFA website is a great way to reach member and non-member visitors and reinforce your marketing message. Visitors log on to americanfenceassociation.com to learn about upcoming association events, discover ways to maximize their AFA membership, and view the latest digital issues of Fencepost magazine and Across the Fence eNewsletter. The AFA website attracts 7,100 unique visitors per month and offers several cost-effective opportunities to position your company as a leader in front of an influential group of industry professionals. Contact Paul Walley for more information.
 
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Member News
 
Don Naidus 1942- 2017 The fence industry has lost a true Mensch! Though some in the fence industry may have never known or heard of him, Don Naidus was very influential in many corners of our industry. In about 1966 Don bought the business known at the time as Colorguard and, if you knew Don, you knew that he was Mr. Colorguard! While at Colorguard Don travelled around the country amassing a great collection of friends and made many valuable contacts within the industry in an effort to get his products accepted and sold. Don sold his interests in Colorguard in 1990 to Master Halco.
 
 
Industry certifications not only set you apart from your competitors, but they reflect your commitment to education and training. AFA's mission is to benefit the industry and the fence consumer by offering continued education and certification programs at special discounts to its members. AFA congratulates those individuals who have become certified fence professionals, certified automated gate operator installers and certified automated gate systems designers for 2017.
 
 

 

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