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December 20, 2018   
Upcoming Events
An exclusive preview of all the events to come in 2019: mark your calendars now and join us in the New Year!
US Fence Solutions
DoorKing, Inc.
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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BMK Corporation
Association News
FENCETECH registration is open! Do not miss the 2019 conference in Indianapolis with 3x the education, networking opportunities and return on investment.

With Full Package, Education & Exhibits, and Exhibits Only registration options, we offer several affordable ways to attend. Remember, Exhibits Only passes are free to AFA members who register in advance. Claim your pass today!

After you register, make sure to book your hotel room. 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 to beware of hotel poachers. Only book your hotel through the official AFA FENCETECH website. Visit the FENCETECH website for more details.
This is the last call for nominations for the new AFA PRO Awards! The PRO Awards recognize the best commercial and residential jobs for the past year in these categories: 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 nomination deadline is Monday, December 31, 2018. Learn more.
The Deck & Rail Institute (DRI) is a new division of the American Fence Association (AFA). It was created to improve the deck and rail industry by providing strong advocacy, trustworthy training and safety standards for the unique needs of the deck and rail industry.
George Hege, of Made Rite Fence in Columbus, Indiana has bragging rights to being the first officially designated Certified Fence Contractor.  He completed all of the program requirements and was notified recently that his term of certification will begin on January 1, 2019.
Mr. Hege completed his testing requirements at the first Fence Contractor Business School in November during AFA University.  Approximately half of the students also passed the exam and will likely have completed their requirements in time for the same New Year’s Day start date.
Tell us who should be awarded Ambassador, Distinguished Service, Fence Contractor of the Year, Hall of Fame, and Manufacturer of the Year by submitting a nomination before 5:00pm on Monday, December 31.
Our online nomination form asks for information such as: 

·Number of years in the industry
·AFA Board and Committee Service (role, years, etc.)
·Affiliate Boards, Committees, Task Forces or Other Service to the Industry
·Participation at the Chapter level
·Participation in the local community
Eligibility requirements vary by award. Review eligibility and submit a nomination today on the Association Awards webpage.
Your digital edition of the November/December Fencepost magazine is available!
In this issue: an exclusive guide to what's in store at FENCETECH 2019; highlights from the 2018 West Coast Fence Show in Reno; and one AFA chapter's dedication to supporting the students in their Jackson, MS community using their fence industry talents.
The most successful fence professionals update their marketing plan to make the most of the New Year. Buckle your seatbelts because 2019 will be unlike any other…
Google has become more competitive AND more complicated than ever. We’ll all be forced to think outside the box when it comes to 2019-ready Web Marketing strategies. A handful of your competitors will do better. For some, it could get ugly. So if you want to win your fair share of business from the Web where new customers go to find businesses like yours, you can’t afford to miss out on this Webinar.
The AFA Office is closed December 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday, as well as January 1 for New Year’s Day.
The AFA Staff wishes you all a safe and happy holiday season!
Westech Building Products
A Westech vinyl fence system makes your dream fence a reality. Low maintenance, extreme durability, lasting beauty, and unlimited customization possibilities make a Westech fence system the perfect solution. Westech vinyl fencing is easy to install, impervious to moisture and termites, and backed by a lifetime warranty. Call us at 866-423-2385.
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Chapter News
On December 8, crews from Elyria Fence and Forever Fence & Rail took down chain link at the Medina County Fair and replaced it with Fortress Fence Products V2 steel fence. The mission project, conducted by the Northern Ohio AFA, was performed in honor of those injured or killed in a deadly steam engine explosion on the grounds in 2001. The six-foot ornamental aluminum fence will be a wonderful backdrop for the memorial garden.
International Gate Devices
Naylor Association Solutions
New Member Savings Program Partners
Did you know over 250 AFA members saved significant money with more than 22 different vendors in 2018 through the AFA Member Savings Program? MSP, Synchrony Financial and Alliant Insurance representatives will be available at the AFA booth during Fencetech 2019 to discuss your needs and how we may assist you grow sales and save on your operating costs.
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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