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AFA

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

WORTH YOUR WHILE
SUSAN COLSON
AFA President 2017

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Face-to-face meetings
incite invaluable
interaction and
spontaneous conversation
which in turn spark
new ideas, present
solutions and develop
friendships. There's
simply nothing like it.

t's uncanny how fast time races by. Here we are
middle-to-late summer already, and our next
FENCETECH event is only six months away.
It feels like we were gathered just recently in
San Antonio, Texas, networking with colleagues, attending education sessions and making
deals on the trade show floor. But there's no rest for
the weary when it comes to AFA, especially when it
involves this industry-leading event. Soon after the
doors closed on the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention
Center, decisions were being made, planning was in
progress, and meetings were already scheduled for
next year's gathering in Phoenix, Arizona.
These in-person meetings are critical to the
success of your business and our industry. Not
only do you get the opportunity to socialize with
other fence professionals, you get to learn from
them and share best practices. Are you facing a
particularly difficult challenge you can't seem to
overcome? Chances are someone in your line of
work has encountered the same obstacle and won.
For instance, wouldn't you like to hear from other
fence contractors on how they are addressing the
current labor problem? It makes no difference if
you're in the Southwest corner of the U.S. and
they're in the Northeast. Challenges are challenges, and, if their solution or recommendation
doesn't work in your scenario, it certainly might
spark an idea that does.

That's the beauty of this industry-there's more
camaraderie than competition among fence contractor members. Think of all you have in common: a love for construction, an affinity for hard
work and an appreciation for the industry. Why
wouldn't you want to share some of your successes
with others?
That's exactly what FENCETECH and our
regional events-Southeast Regional Conference,
which took place July 20-22, 2017, in Charlotte,
North Carolina, and North Central Regional
Conference, scheduled for Sept. 14-16, 2017, in
Chicago, Illinois-allow. We know the material you
read in Fencepost, Across the Fence, and FenceSense
provides top-notch, back-pocket solutions for
improving your business. But face-to-face meetings incite invaluable interaction and spontaneous
conversation which in turn spark new ideas, present
solutions and develop friendships. There's simply
nothing like it.
Please take the time right now and mark Feb. 6-9,
2018, on your calendar. And, if you're in the North
Central region, we hope to see you in Chicago.
AFA recognizes that your time is valuable so the
association will make these events very much worth
your while.
I hope you all are enjoying a profitable summer,
while still allowing time for fun with family and
friends. Keep up the great work! ■

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - July/August 2017

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
VMA
Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Blue Ribbon Companies
The Right Gate for the Job
CLFMI
New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
New Members
All About I-9s
Calendar
Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Minding Your Business
Fencesense
Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Intro
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover1
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 12
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Editor’s Note
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 14
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 16
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - President’s Message
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 18
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 21
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 22
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 23
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 24
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - VMA
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 27
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 28
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Blue Ribbon Companies
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - The Right Gate for the Job
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 31
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 32
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - CLFMI
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 34
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 36
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Members
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 38
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - All About I-9s
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 40
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 41
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 42
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Calendar
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 45
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 46
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 47
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 48
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Minding Your Business
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 50
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Fencesense
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 52
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 53
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 56
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 57
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Index to Advertisers
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover3
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - cover4
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