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January 21, 2019   
Upcoming Events
01/30/19  -           AFA AGSD 2 Day Class – Kansas City, MO
02/05/19  -           Carolinas Chapter Meeting – Raleigh, NC
02/08/19  -           Northeast Chapter Meeting – Atlantic City, NJ
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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Association News
An exclusive preview of all the events to come in 2019: mark your calendars now and join us in the New Year!
The official name of our association is the American Fence Association but ‘AFA’ is who we are. Members who desire to connect with other like-minded fence professionals that know they can take the gloves off to help advance the industry is what is driving the FUTURE OF FENCING.
We want to hear from you! AFA volunteer leaders and staff developed a membership survey to gain a better understanding of your needs and your membership experience. This is your opportunity to tell us what benefits would serve your company best and share your feedback on all aspects of membership. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Take the Survey
The countdown to FENCETECH is on! Visit the FENCETECH Exhibitor page of the website and click the “Current Sponsors & Exhibitors” tab at the top of the page to access:

• Freeman Service Kit & Information
• Online Freeman Ordering
• A/V Order Form
• Lead Retrieval Order Form
• Shipping Labels
• And More

If you still have questions, please call (800) 822-4342 or

Board of Directors
We are pleased to introduce you to our 2019 Board of Directors:

Chapter Presidents Committee

We are pleased to introduce you to our 2019 Chapter Presidents Committee:

If you have 10 or more years of experience as a fence contractor, you are eligible to apply for the new Certified Fence Contractor credential and test at FENCETECH 2019 in Indianapolis.

If you wish to test at FENCETECH, apply now and begin preparing for the six-part comprehensive examination covering Marketing, Sales and Advertising; Estimating and Bidding; Legal and Insurance Issues; Accounting and Corporate Structure; OSHA Compliance and Safety Management; and UL 325 and ASTM F2200.
Do you want to be one of the first to pick your booth for FENCETECH/DECKTECH 2020 in Salt Lake City? FENCETECH/DECKTECH Sponsors will have the exclusive opportunity to select their booth on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 26-27, 2019. With sponsorships ranging from $4,000 to $60,000, there is a variety of opportunities for you to choose from to increase your visibility at the show.
An email will be sent later this month with the complete list of sponsorship opportunities, sponsor booth draw schedule, and the floor plan. Please direct questions to Stephen Dennis at (314) 561-6641 or

If you are a current AFA member that has a deck and rail component of your business, the Deck & Rail Institute (DRI) has an exclusive offer for you. Contractors or Manufacturers/Wholesalers/Distributors/Suppliers can join the DRI as a “Charter Member” for $100 or $500 respectively.

Lock in this rate as long as you remain a member in good standing of AFA. If your AFA membership lapses for any reason, your organization's DRI membership dues will shift to the standard DRI dues structure.

The DRI was established 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. Learn more about member benefits and take advantage of this offer by visiting the DRI Website.

Special Safety Keynote: Chad Hymas
Saturday, March 16 will be an attitude-altering day for fence professionals who attend the Special Saturday Keynote presentation: Roll with Safety!  This event will be led by one of the world’s greatest motivational speakers – as cited by The Wall Street Journal – Chad Hymas.
Your digital edition of the November/December Fencepost magazine is available! In this issue:

-Everything you need to know about FENCETECH 2019;
-The latest news and updates from the fence industry;
-An in-depth guide to leveraging Display Ad Retargeting strategies for your business.
Now is a great time to firm up your plans to join us at FENCETECH. Registration is open and hotels are booking up fast. Plus, if FENCETECH overlaps with your family’s spring break, you can make the most of both in Indy.
Indianapolis has a lot to offer with numerous family-friendly activities, sophisticated culture, culinary delights and interesting sights. Show your FENCETECH badge to receive discounts at various restaurants, attractions and more. Learn more on the FENCETECH Travel page.
AFA committees, taskforces, staff and volunteers have translated thousands of hours of content and resources designed to help members like you meet your goals.
It’s AFA’s goal in 2019 to continue updating and delivering relevant content to you.
Dive in, explore, and if you need a little more one-on-one guidance, send us a note at to see if we have something you can use. And if we don’t… we will get it added to the list of things we can create.
Login to your member profile to review the resources available to you as a member
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.
Click here to learn more
Chapter News
Make it a New Year's resolution to join an AFA chapter near you! Chapters are a great way to get to know other fence professionals in your area, join events and get more involved in your community.

When members desire a connection with like-minded industry professionals, AFA Chapters are the conduit to building that connection. Reach out to a chapter near you!
Jamieson and the AFA Midwest Chapter have come together to provide an opportunity to expand your education with a 2-day class for Automated Gate Systems Design in Kansas City, MO on January 30-31, 2019. We hope you will join us and share this opportunity with your colleagues! Registration for the class is only $100.
Visit the Facebook event page for details.
In December, Rio Grande Fence Co. of Nashville continued its yearly tradition of providing  employees with new steel-toed safety boots. For the 6th year in a row, the Redwing Shoes Mobile Shoe Store came to Rio Grande Fence Co., where employees gathered to pick up their new boots. The Annual Redwing Safety Booth Distribution Day is one of many ways that Rio Grande Fence Co. is working to keep its employees safe on the job.
This 2019 Garden State AFA Jackpot Show in Atlantic City, NJ is February 8-9, 2019. Register to attend the premier fence, deck, and railing show on the east coast today!  There will be education, networking, tradeshow, and fun!
Visit the event website for details.
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 determine how we can assist you with growing sales and saving on operating costs.

Follow the link to see all AFA MSP savings opportunities.
Call Mark Schiavone @ 303-963-6441 or Dan Pramis 603-628-2333 to learn more about the AFA MSP, and Andy Stergiou at 212-603-0321 for details on our Business Insurance 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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