Want to learn more about our amazing headline events at FENCETECH? From our Awards Dinner to our Welcome Reception, we have a host of activities to keep you engaged and entertained.

Appreciation Dinner

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6:30 – 9:30 PM

Show your support as the gavel is passed to our new AFA President and we honor AFA’s most committed, outstanding volunteers for their tireless dedication to moving our association’s mission and key initiatives forward. Come ready to share a sit-down meal and be a witness to history in the making.

Missions Day

Thursday, March 14, 2019
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Volunteer efforts are an annual AFA tradition, and this year we have an Indianapolis area Ronald McDonald house to help with donations of time or money to cover the cost of supplies. Please let us know during registration if you’re interested in giving back to our FENCETECH host community.

Awards Dinner & Annual Meeting

Thursday, March 14, 2019
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Sagamore Ballroom

Celebrate with a gourmet meal and rounds of applause as we honor the recipients of AFA’s Distinguished Service Award, Fence Contractor of the Year, Manufacturer of the Year, Ambassador Award and Hall of Fame Award. We’re also launching a new tradition with the first-ever AFA PRO awards, honoring the industry’s best projects in 16 categories.

Chapter Breakfast

Friday, March 15, 2019
7:00 – 9:00 AM

Join us for the AFA Chapter Breakfast to meet and network with chapter officers and members. Celebrate chapter successes with our awards ceremony and idea share in the areas of recruitment, organization, education, professional development and service.

Keynote General Session: John Ratzenberger

Friday, March 15, 2019
9:00 – 10:00 AM
Sagamore Ballroom

John Ratzenberger
Screenwriter, Director, Producer and Actor

John Ratzenberger, also known as Cliff Clavin from the hit TV show Cheers, has worked in over 30 major motion pictures and is also an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist. John is Hollywood’s most outspoken advocate for American manufacturing, skilled labor and the companies that are the foundation of our great country, working tirelessly to shine a light on the importance of manufacturing and trades.

Young Fence Professionals (YFP) Happy Hour

Friday, March 15, 2019
6:00 – 7:00 PM

Join the American Fence Association as we bring together hard-working young visionaries in the fence and other related trade industries for a YFP happy hour event. It’s a great chance to talk shop and network with other young professionals 35 and under.

All Conference Party & Auctions

Friday, March 15, 2019
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Sagamore Ballroom

Join all your industry friends on Friday, March 15th at the Indiana Convention Center Sagamore Ballroom. Make toasts, share stories and show off your best moves with live music, food and drink. Don’t forget to bid on an auction item to support one of the participating foundations. Thanks to Genie for sponsoring and making this party happen.

Stick around for the After Party from 10:00 PM – 11:00 PM, with more food, drink and excitement.

Friday, March 15, 2019
7:00 – 10:00 PM
Sagamore Ballroom

During the All-conference party will be a silent auction hosted by the AFA Education Foundation (AFAEF). 100% of the proceeds support the AFAEF and will be tax deductible. All donations need to be accompanied by a completed auction donation form (below) and must be submitted no later than February 22 unless you are bringing the item with you to FENCETECH. If your item is not a physical item, please provide promotional materials including a description, brochure, and/or photo for display during the auction.

Donation Suggestions:

• Gift Cards
• Professional sporting events
• Tools/Tool boxes
• Electronics
• Gift Baskets

• Travel vouchers
• Restaurants
• Wine
• Concerts/Shows
• Collegiate Events

Safety Special Presentation: Roll with Safety

Saturday, March 16, 2019
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Sagamore Ballroom

On April 3, 2001, Chad Hymas was involved in a serious accident, leaving him a quadriplegic. It was a work-related accident and Chad knew his little short-cut was unsafe. Chad Hymas talks about his road to recovery and how many lives were affected by his disability. His story is moving, compelling and life-changing. He’s been called the most inspirational speaker in the world by The Wall Street Journal. This session is for installers and other fence company employees and it will change the way attendees think about safety forever.

This session is included in both the Full Package and Education & Exhibits package. Exhibits Only attendees can add this session for $100. This session will conclude prior to the opening of the Exhibits on Saturday.