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May 20, 2020   
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for these upcoming AFA webinars.
Thursday             05/21/20              2:00 PM CST      
What can ACI and Credentialing Do for You?
Tuesday               05/26/20              2:00 PM CST      
Managing Cash Flow - Extending Credit in the "New Norm"
Thursday             05/28/20              2:00 PM CST      
Your Bottom Line - How Your Association Helps You Save in Challenging Times II
The March/April digital edition of Fencepost magazine is now available! Each issue of Fencepost is archived online so you can easily access all of the industry features, member news, AFA updates and more, with the click of a mouse.
In this issue:
• Introducing the Accreditation and Certification Institute (ACI)
• Next in Fencing: AFA Recognizes Industry Leaders at FENCETECH 2020

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Due to COVID-19, the American Fence Association has made the decision to postpone the 2021 FENCETECH Booth Draw. The Booth Draw will be rescheduled to a later date in June/July. Once we have the official dates, we will be sending out an email that contains the call list and instructions.
In the meantime, below we have provided our 2021 sponsorship opportunities as well as the link to the floor plan to review. If you have any questions, reach out to Stephen Dennis at   
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Association News
Contractor Corner is coming to Across the Fence newsletter! If you’re a contractor with a unique project or job that you’re proud of, let us know about it. Each month, we'll give one project a place of honor in Contractor Corner, and share the story behind the exceptional work.
If you'd like to shine a light on your company's accomplishments, email and find out how you can be featured in an upcoming issue!
As we reflect on the past 4-6 weeks, our industry has learned that we have a lot of work to do as it relates to our governmental agencies and what they determine as essential and critical. As we all realized very quickly, Homeland Security hung their hats on the essential and critical categories and they really did not move from this position in any way. The American Fence Association sent several letters and several follow-up email, calls and tried every angle of correspondence we could to get more clarity in order to support our fence professionals.

What we did see was a fragmented state by state approach to this pandemic and every state had something different as a mandate. At first, I was puzzled that there wasn’t a blanket mandate for all states handed down by our federal government, but the reality of this is/was that every state really had a different level of this pandemic and each state did need their own opportunity to do what they felt was correct on behalf of their state citizens. Therefore, I fully understand the concept that a “one fits all approach” would have been very detrimental to our industry, because a lot of states that didn’t have the heavy hands of the state government placing burdens on them to stay closed were able to remain open and operational during these times.

What we determined was that as an organization, we must be more proactive with our governmental affairs and there is no better time to do so than now. The American Fence Association, along with many other fence and gate industry leaders, has come together to begin the task of forming a Fence Industry Governmental Affairs Committee to develop best protocols and best practices to communicate to our governmental agencies. It is apparent that most of these agencies need the professional input from the fence trades perspective and we as a fence and gate trade organization must be at the forefront of this movement.

The development of this committee will occur over the next few months as we discuss with other fence and gate organizations how to proceed and what the committee efforts will be. If you have interest in serving on this committee, please send me an email at and let me know. How and what this committee looks like is to be determined, but I think we can all agree that the fence and gate industry must be better positioned in the future.

Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Focused and Motivated and BE THAT LEADER that your family, employees and company are demanding! KEEP ON FENCING!
The Deck & Rail Institute (DRI) advances individual careers and universal industry interests by enabling members to better meet consumer demands for professionalism, quality and safety.
We support this effort with strong advocacy, trustworthy training and safety standards matched to the unique needs of the deck and rail industry. Our goal is for the DRI to be a powerful, valuable resource for the deck and railing industry.
Member benefits include:
Opportunities to network with peers, vendors and customers 
Discounts on operating expenses through AFA’s Member Savings Program
Access to career-enhancing education programs 
Free subscription to all DRI publications and emails
Reduced fees for DECKTECH trade show exhibitors and attendees
Valuable exposure from your DRI directory and website listings
Validation as a professional contractor, distributor, manufacturer or supplier
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We’re happy to announce that 9 AFA pros have received the “Best of HomeAdvisor Award” for 2020. Only the top-rated pros that exemplify quality practices and premiere services are honored with this prestigious award! 

Please join us in congratulating this year's winners:
Always Green, Inc. — Peter Eells
JP Fence, LLC — Jason Plaut
Richter Fence, Inc. — Larry Richter
C&C Outdoors, LLC — Juan Cornejo
Infinity Fence and Storage — Matt Babson
Precision Garage Door of Akron, LLC — Daniel  (Dan) DeSantis
The Fence Doctor — Gabe Irvin
Miller Fence Company — David Miller
All Counties Fence & Supply — Jason Ostrander
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Chapter News
The American Fence Association has gone to great lengths during this COVID-19 time to ensure all our members are being serviced and responded to in a timely fashion.  Whether it is Tony Thornton himself taking the phone calls or AFA Staff giving cell phone numbers or jumping on face to face meetings, we are doing it all for you!

In addition we are now hosting a weekly AFAQ for new and existing members to jump on face to face with our AFA Membership Coordinator, Miranda Lisman, to ask questions and get answers.

We look forward to seeing you on the next call!  Come check it out!

Every Wednesday @ 2:00 PM CST
Call in Number: (415) 655-0060
Attendee Code: 800-116-829
(Audio Pin will be given after you join webinar. If joining by phone only, press # for audio pin.)
AFA North Central Chapter Virtual Meeting
Wed, May 13, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
•  Access Code: 731-063-661
AFA Rocky Mountain Chapter Virtual Meeting
Thu, May 14, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
•  Access Code: 262-606-677
AFA Pacific Northwest Chapter Virtual Meeting
Tue, May 19, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
•  Access Code: 510-365-453
AFA Florida Chapter Virtual Meeting
Tue, May 26, 2020 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
•  Access Code: 457-291-573
AFA New York/Long Island Chapter Virtual Meeting
Thu, May 28, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
•  Access Code: 733-888-397
AFA Western PA/West VA Chapter Virtual Meeting
Tue, Jun 2, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
•  United States: +1 (646) 749-3112
•  Access Code: 506-324-597
AFA Northern Ohio Chapter Virtual Meeting
Thu, Jun 4, 2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
•  United States: +1 (786) 535-3211
•  Access Code: 531-986-421
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New Member Savings Program Partners

Are You Taking Full Advantage of Your Member Benefits?

Now more than ever, it pays to be a member of the AFA. Your association is here to offer you 24/7 support, and that includes access to exclusive Member Savings Program opportunities that help mitigate your risk and save you money.

Join us online this coming Thursday, May 28, at 2:00 PM CST for part 2 of our informative AFA webinar: 

Your Bottom Line - How Your Association Helps You Save in Challenging Times II.

You'll learn more about how the AFA Member Savings Program can help you, your company, your staff and your family save thousands of dollars each year.

MSP is pleased to announce exciting new offerings for members in 2020, including partnerships with new suppliers, excellent health plans, and a soon-to-be-announced group 401K plan.

If you are an AFA member and not currently enrolled in the Member Savings Program, please contact AFA’s dedicated savings consultant Dan Pramis at 603-628-2333, Mark Schiavone at, or

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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