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November 20, 2018   
Association News
 
FENCETECH registration will open this month. If you’d like to submit your contact information to be notified when registration opens, click “I want to receive notifications” below and we will send you an email once registration opens. Keep an eye on your inbox over the next week for an email announcement. AFA will offer a variety of packages to meet your needs.
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John Ratzenberger, also known as Cliff Clavin from the hit TV show Cheers, has worked in over 30 major motion pictures and is also an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist.
 
John is Hollywood’s most outspoken advocate for American manufacturing, skilled labor and the companies that are the foundation of our great country, working tirelessly to shine a light on the importance of manufacturing and trades. You will not want to miss this event at FENCETECH. Registration will open later this month. Learn more.
 
 
AFA University instructor and program chair for Operator Installer School (OIS) and Automated Gate System Designer (AGSD) Ron Miller shares a recap of AFA University, held November 4-9, 2018.
 
 
We need your help! Tell us who is deserving of the Ambassador, Distinguished Service, Hall of Fame, Fence Contractor of the Year, and Manufacturer of the Year Awards. You will need to provide personal and professional details about the nominee. Learn more about eligibility and submit a nomination on the Association Awards webpage.
 
 
   
The headquarter hotel is sold out! Book now to make sure you get a room in your desired hotel. Hotel rates range from $189-$229/night with seven different hotel options. All of the FENCETECH hotels are within a 10-minute walk of the Indiana Convention Center. Remember, beware of hotel poachers. Only book your hotel through the official AFA FENCETECH website. Book My Hotel.
 
 
Do you have one or more outstanding fence projects from the last year? If so, nominate the project for a PRO Award.The PRO Awards are open to both commercial and residential jobs in the categories of: multi-use (combination of 2 or more categories), access control, chain link, deck/rail, farm/ranch/agriculture, ornamental, wood, or vinyl.
Nominees must be AFA members in good standing. There is a $25 submission fee per nomination.The deadline for nominations has been extended to Monday, December 31, 2018. Learn more.
 
 
The American Fence Association (AFA) held a full week of education for more than 100 fence professionals in Arlington, TX last week at AFA University. This event would not have been successful without the support of our sponsors and instructors.

AFA University sponsors provided materials and products to help students learn through hands-on training and create a memorable experience. Our instructors are incredibly passionate about what they do, and not only inspire their students but share their knowledge to elevate the industry.
 
Thank you sponsors and instructors for all you do!
 
 
   
The first Fence Contractor Business School graduated 19 fence professionals during the November 4 – 9 event at AFA University in Arlington, Texas.  The group participated in lectures from expert faculty members on the topics of Marketing, Advertising and Sales; Insurance and Legal Issues; OSHA Estimating and Bidding; Compliance and Safety Management; Accounting and Corporate Structure; and UL 325 and ASTM F2200.
 
 
Are you one of the many employers who struggle to get an understanding of how to manage, motivate and elevate members of the generation we call millennials?  It’s a common issue for owners and managers in today’s business world, but once you understand a few key points, they aren’t as mysterious a group as you might think, and they have goals and objectives that aren’t as far fetched as you might have believed.
 
US Fence Solutions
DoorKing, Inc.
AFA's Education Foundation
 
The American Fence Association Education Foundation (AFAEF) provides scholarships to highly deserving applicants who are pursuing higher education. Eligible applicants must be employed in the fence industry or an immediate family member of a current industry employee. Applicants do not have to be members of the American Fence Association (AFA) to qualify. Applicants will need to provide a school transcript, letter of recommendation, headshot, and financial information as part of the application. The submission deadline is Saturday, December 1.
 
D&D Technologies’ New SHUT IT® VersaWeld & Face Mount Gate Hinges
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.
New VersaWeld gate hinge can be welded to flat or round surfaces. New Face Mount gate hinge opens to a full 180° in one direction for unobstructed passage. Both hinges manufactured with exclusive maintenance-free high-temperature sealed bearings, safe to powder coat with hinges installed on gate. Click here to learn more about SHUT IT® hinges
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Chapter News
The Gulf South Chapter and FL Chapter went into the devastated Panama City and gave out supplies and grilled hamburgers and hotdogs for those in need. We were also lucky to meet AFA Chapter member Quality Gates, whose building was destroyed by Hurricane Michael. The Chapters were able to give their employees supplies and gift cards to help get them back on their feet.
 
 
This meeting was a great success with over 30 people in attendance!
 
Thanks to Fence-Brokers, Eagle Fence Sales, Midwest Tube, Ameristar, Stateside Steel and Wire, and Jamieson Fence Supply for attending!
 
Also in attendance were United Fence In North LR Ark and Fencing Solutions from Byhalia, MS.
 
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New Member Savings Program Partners
 
Did you know that the AFA Member Savings Program (MSP) can save you, your business, your staff and even your family members significant money on many goods and services you buy regularly?
 
Take advantage of NEW consumer savings, business savings, and the innovative Synchrony Consumer Financing sales tool.
 
The MSP can you help you grow your business, cut costs, support your family and employees, and create a solid retirement plan or 401(k) program. 
 
Welcome New Members
 
   
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently joined the association as first-time members. Welcome to the AFA family!
 
Thank You Renewing Members
 
   
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently renewed their existing membership. We're glad you're part of the AFA family!
 
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