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April 22, 2019   
Association News
AFA University will return to the Hilton Arlington in Arlington, Texas this year. The dates are Sunday, November 3, 2019 – Saturday, November 9, 2019.
Mark your calendars to attend one of four outstanding schools that benefit individuals new to the industry as well as seasoned professionals.
If you are a current AFA member and you have a deck or rail component of your business, you should consider joining the Deck & Rail Institute (DRI). 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.
Work has already begun for the educational programming that will be conducted at the 2020 FENCETECH in Salt Lake City, Utah. AFA planners are looking for topics and presenters from the fence and gate industry. New topics that would represent educational opportunities for fence contractors are most in demand. If you or someone you know in the industry wants to be an educational presenter, we’d love to hear from you.
AFA had a great event in Indianapolis and it would not have been possible without you! Learn more about the event, access your certificate of attendance, take the event survey, see the attendance numbers, and more in the FENCETECH email:
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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AFA's Education Foundation
Congratulations to the 2018 AFA Education Foundation Scholarship Recipients: Emilie Cochenour, Spencer Cook Jessi Bautista-Espino, Kerri Hoy, Hanna McMichael, Caleesa Robinson, and Logan Stinson.
WESTECH VINYL FENCE SYSTEMS – Love your fence for life!
Westech Building Products
You already know the benefits of vinyl fencing: • No sanding, painting, or sealing necessary • High durability • Low maintenance • Resistant to rot and pests. So why choose a Westech vinyl fence system? • National sales and distribution network • Reliable installation support • Fast customer service • Lifetime transferrable warranty - With a Westech vinyl fence system there are almost unlimited options for customization, including our new Forest Collection with variegated coloring to mimic real wood.
Click here to learn more
Chapter News
Join fellow members of the Northern Ohio AFA chapter for the annual clay shoot!
When: Friday, September 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Hill 'N Dale Club in Medina
This year, we welcome AFA Executive Director Tony Thornton, who will offer an "Efficiencies = Profitability" seminar, which is eligible for continuing education points.
Upcoming Events
You're invited: Join AFA for our upcoming events in 2019!
Find out what's happening next on our Facebook page.
If you’re like most fence professionals, you want new calls from customers, more referrals and better conversion of word-of-mouth referrals. That means putting yourself in front of your customers again and again and again. To help you do that, we’ve put together our top three ad strategies for 2019…
• Remember. Most of your competitors don’t get around to running cost-effective ad strategies.
• Or more commonly, they’re still running outdated strategies because it’s easier than trying something new. Who could blame them?
• That means, now’s your chance to make a go-ahead move for 2019.
So why not use your time to listen to 3 simple advertising strategies, from a group with 15+ years of experience in your field? Our goal is to put these strategies into plain English that even the least tech savvy business owner could follow. Join Matt Horn, Director of Search Products, Lisa Benezra, Search Industry Consultant, and Alain Parcan, Director of Education on April 30, 2019 for the presentation. To register for this member-only Webinar, please click here:
International Gate Devices
Naylor Association Solutions
New Member Savings Program Partners
The Indianapolis FENCETECH was a fantastic event – lots of learning, networking and sharing. The AFA Member Savings Program had several suppliers in attendance, including Hewlett Packard, Synchrony Financial, Alliant Insurance and FedEx. These four suppliers are assisting AFA members with saving significant money on day to day key expenses. Synchrony is also helping members increase sales closing rates and increase their average sales per job by offering consumer financing.
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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