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August 20, 2021   
Upcoming Events

Event Dates: February 15-18, 2022                           

Exhibit Dates: February 16-18, 2022

Location: New Orleans, Louisiana

Don’t miss this opportunity! 75% of the show floor is already sold! Elevate your brand through sponsorship or connect with over 4,000 attendees with an exhibit booth.

Exhibit Booth Pricing
$23 per square foot (AFA members)
$26 per square foot (AFA Nonmembers)
View Floor Plan here: FTMf 2022 Floor Plan

To exhibit at FENCETECH please email, call 800-822-4342 or go to for more information.

DoorKing, Inc.
Several testing events for Certified Fence Contractor, Certified Gate Automation Designer, and Certified Gate Automation Technician exams are scheduled for the next few months, including the following:

•  September 4 – Wadsworth, OH
•  September 10-11 – Reno, NV (West Coast Fence Show)
•  November 5 – Arlington, TX (AFA University)
•  November 13 – Arlington, TX (AFA University)
•  February 16 and 17, 2022 – New Orleans (FENCETECH)
Dates are being added regularly. For the most up-to-date list of testing events or to reserve your seat, visit
ACI is accepting applications for test sites across the country. If you have more than five candidates in your area who wish to test and a facility that meets ACI’s requirements, we encourage you to apply.  There is no cost to host a test site if you meet the minimum requirements. Test site details and the application are available at   
LokkLatch® 3 Plus Dual Lockable Gate Latch
D & D Technologies (USA), Inc.®
The LokkLatch® 3 Plus key-lockable privacy and security gate latch features a contemporary design and interconnected locks provide locking and unlocking from both sides of the gate. Quickest and easiest through post installation of any product on the market.  Revolutionary installation process features a ball and joint connector rod that snaps firmly into place. Adjustable for perfect installations.  For residential or light commercial applications on any square post gate material: vinyl, wood, or metal.
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Nortek Security & Control, LLC
Association News

AFA is excited to announce the brand new Operations Manager School, built for superintendents, managers, and other employees responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations of fence contracting companies.  There will also be a Certified Operations Manager program launching through ACI at the same time.

In addition, we’ve added an EXTRA DAY to Fence Installation School! Now students will arrive on Saturday (a day earlier than previous years) and receive hands on experience in digging post holes and setting posts as part of the training program on Sunday.                                                                                                                    

Do I have to attend AFA University for all two weeks?
No. AFA offers six different schools during that two-week period and you select the school(s) you wish to attend.  Some schools are three days long and some schools run for a full week.

Do the posted dates for each school include travel time or do I need to add additional time for flights and travel?
The posted dates for each school start with your arrival date and end with your departure date.  Plan on arriving the first day listed with school beginning the following day (for example, FIS students arrive on Saturday, October 30 with school beginning Sunday, October 31) and departing on the last listed day (FIS ends on Friday night with a graduation dinner and students are free to leave anytime on Saturday, November 6).  The included hotel dates are listed on each event page on the AFA website and full travel details are included in your confirmation email when you register for the school.

What’s included in tuition?
Your tuition includes the school fees, your hotel room, and all breakfasts, lunches, and dinners throughout the week. The only other costs you’ll be responsible for are your travel to and from the Dallas airport.               

Are certifications included with school tuition?
No. Certifications are managed by the Accreditation and Certification Institute and require a separate application and payment from your school registration.  If you register for a school with a corresponding certification, you can find details in your school confirmation email with how to register for the certification exam.  It is highly recommended you register in advance and put in some study time prior to the school in order to maximize your chances of passing.  You can find certification applications at

What should I bring?
A full list of what to bring is included in your school confirmation email. 

What if I have more questions?
Reach out!  Sara Surprenant, Senior Manager of Education, is happy to discuss any education and certification questions you have.  Reach out to her at or 734-635-8184.

LiftMaster’s Smart Video Intercom, See. Know. Secure
LiftMaster’s unrivaled combination of reliable hardware and myQ technology empowers property managers to conveniently manage all entrances on a single dashboard from anywhere. Easy-to-use app features enable residents to freely move around their community and securely grant visitors access from their smartphone. Our line of video intercom’s monitoring capabilities provide enhanced security and help streamline guest management for residents. Seeing is believing.

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Chapter News
It's been awhile since Northeast Chapter members could get together, and there's no better way to meet again than with a fun-filled day of networking and golf! This is the first meeting of the season and hopefully not the last. Submit your teams or individual players, or just come for lunch and fantastic raffle prizes. Register today, August 20, by 4 p.m. to attend!
When: August 26, 2021, 7:00am-4:00pm
Where: Shining Rock Golf Club, Northbridge, MA 
Cost: Lunch only - $30 | Golf and lunch - $130
Sponsorships: Hole Sponsor - one each, $150
Questions? Contact Kim Miller at
Join fellow AFA members for "The Biggest Little Tradeshow in the West" from September 9-11, 2021 at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, NV. 
This year's West Coast Fence Show offers over 24 hours of expert education and instruction. Certification testing will be available through ACI. Plus, walk the tradeshow floor, participate in the WCFS Golf Tournament, and much more. 
AFA Chapters are a key benefit of your membership. They provide a wide range of educational opportunities, networking events, mission project work, professional development, and industry knowledge for professionals in the fence industry.
Visit the Chapters page on our website for more information and to contact your chapter leader. 
Member News
Past President Nate Levine, born January 27th, 1927, passed away August 3rd at the age of 94. He is survived by his wife Judy, their children and grandchildren. 

Nate served as an ADA Director from 1988 to 1997, AFA Treasurer from 1995 to 1997, and AFA President 1996/1997, followed by Immediate Past President. Nate is a recipient of AFA's Distinguished Service Award and was inducted into the AFA Hall of Fame in 2012. He served his association on multiple committees, including six different FENCETECH committees. 

In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made on behalf of Nate to The Red Sox Foundation or a charity of your choice. Please join us in keeping Ms. Judy and the family in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. 
Unlike Any Other: Oasis Composite Fencing
Fortress Fence Products
Meet Oasis: a composite fencing solution that elevates your residential build with enhanced performance. Equipped with Eva-Tech™ technology, Oasis offers superior weather resistance without the maintenance of traditional wood. Meaning no painting. No staining. Ever. With Oasis, you can be confident that your customer’s fence will look as beautiful as the day you installed it.

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New Member Savings Program Partners

Did you know that as an AFA member, you have access to over 25 Supplier Discount Programs?

Our programs are saving members an average of 10-40% with our key suppliers.

Operations/Supplies programs include:

  • Ariat
  • ExxonMobil
  • Ring Central
  • ADP

Insurance programs include:

  • Altus
  • Alliant
  • Synchrony
  • Fundbox

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

See all of AFA's member savings program partners here.

Jewett-Cameron Company
The Housing Company, LLC
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!
The only gate you’ll ever need!
Jewett-Cameron Company®
Adjust-A-Gate is the original, no-sag, adjustable-width gate that started it all! Available for all heights and expandable from 34” to 96” wide, Adjust-A-Gate is the ultimate reliable and versatile gate frame system. Compatible with wood and composite boards and featuring a powder-coated steel frame, Adjust-A-Gate is the premium lifelong gate frame system. 
Ask about our new Adjsut-A-Gate pro
Thank You Renewing Members
AFA extends its thanks to the following members who have recently renewed their existing membership or celebrated membership anniversaries with the association. We're glad you're part of the AFA family!
Wheatland Tube
Mechanical Access Control & Perimeter Security Products
LockeyUSA offers high-quality perimeter security and gate hardware products for a range of commercial and residential applications. Whether you need to limit access to an area with a mechanical keyless lock, ensure a gate closes gently every time with a hydraulic gate closer, or guarantee safe and free egress with a gate panic exit, LockeyUSA has you covered. LockeyUSA products are made to last and easy to install.
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