South Central Regional Conference
Are you looking for an affordable way to attend training and connect with other industry professionals? The South Central Regional Conference offers all the tools you need to elevate your career close to home. Join us July 26-28, 2018 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside in New Orleans, LA.
(Registration is now closed.)
The Hilton New Orleans Riverside is offering a special room rate of $225 plus tax for deluxe rooms that have been negotiated for AFA attendees and exhibitors.
Please call 504-584-3999 to reserve these specially rated rooms by JUNE 26th.
After June 26th, these rates may not be available. Mention that you are with the AFA Regional Conference.
Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Deadline to Book: June 26
The Fishing Adventure is now at capacity.
Join in on a unique angling experience for $250 per person at the local “hot spots” in South Louisiana’s bays’ and bayous’. This is a full-day excursion that will begin at 6:15 AM and end at approximately 4:00 PM. The world-class fishing experience includes six hours on the water, a sandwich with beverages during the adventure, a hot lunch upon returning to the docks, and fish cleaning and packaging to take home. Learn more about Bourgeois Fishing Charters.
In addition to the event registration, out-of-state participants will need to purchase a 3-Day RS/NR Charter Pass ($10.00). The license purchase is available through the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
|Exhibits & Demos||X||X|
Package add-ons give you the freedom to pursue additional plans for certification, networking and recreation.
|Conference Package Add-On||Fee (Member or Non-Member)|
|Certified Automated Gate Operator Installer Exam||$250|
|Certified Automated Gate Systems Design Exam||$200|
|Certified Fence Professional Exam||$0 (paid in advance with application)|
|Fishing Excursion||$250 per person + $10 Fishing License
|Young Fence Professional Social (35 & Under)||$0 (free, but please register)|
What to Expect
- Technical and Business Education
- Tabletop Exhibits
- Networking Events
- Off-Site Group Excursion
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Education Schedule for July 27, 2018
Increase your productivity at job sites with blueprint reading skills. Ideal for individuals who install or manage the installation of products on-site, this session reviews the components of blueprints and plan sheets, teaching you how to apply this information to your own installations.
Speaker: Scott Meckes, CFP, CAGOI, CAGSD
Insurance – Experience Modification
Every business owner should understand experience modification’s importance and how it is figured. This session will show you the process for calculating experience modifications, explain how they affect workers’ compensation, and provide you with valuable insights about how to improve.
Speaker: Andrew Stergiou
Efficiencies to Boost Your Bottom Line
Profitability is at risk if your company is not efficient. During this informative session, you will learn how to develop efficient processes that improve profitability in three critical business areas: sales, operations, and installations.
Key Industry Updates
Gain practical, current information you should have as a manufacturer, dealer/distributor, designer, or installer. This seminar’s topic is an essential part of our industry’s success, and will provide you with valuable information on the latest updates to safety requirements, including UL 325 and ASTM F2200.
Speaker: Phillip Doyle, CFP, CAGOI, CAGSD
Take the mystery out of online marketing. This session teaches attendees about the silver bullet solution to web marketing, offers solutions for the two most shocking trends Google unveiled in 2017, and helps you identify big online marketing scams so your business can avoid falling prey to them.
Speaker: Doug Schatz
This review will be available as part of the education package at no additional charge.
1:30 – 5:30 PM CFP Exam
CFP – $0 – Payment made with application
3:30 – 5:30 PM CAGOI & CAGSD Exam
- CAGOI — $250
- CAGSD — $200
YFP Leadership Training
There are two attributes of successful people: self-motivation and goal-setting. During this inspirational one-hour session, learn how incorporating both can help your personal and professional development.
Speaker: Tony Thornton, CFP, CAGOI, CAGSD
|Thursday, July 26|
|Exhibits||3pm – 6pm|
|Welcome Reception and Regional Dinner||6pm – 9pm|
|Friday, July 27|
See the Education Schedule above for detailed information.
|9am – 3pm|
|CAGOI, CAGSD & CFP Exams
If you’ve previously taken either of these exams and did not pass, you are entitled to take the exam for free. Email MemberServices@americanfenceassociation.com to request a discount code.
|1:30pm – 3:30pm|
|Exhibits||3pm – 6pm|
|Young Fence Professionals Leadership Training||5pm – 6pm|
|Young Fence Professionals Happy Hour||6pm – 7pm|
|Gulf South Chapter Event at Pat O’Briens – SOLD OUT, Please contact the South Central Chapter (Jennifer Calhoun, email@example.com) if you would like to be placed on a wait list.||7pm – 10pm|
|Saturday, July 28|
|Fishing Adventure – SOLD OUT||6am – 4pm|
Thursday, July 26th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Thursday, July 26th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Friday, July 27th from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
Elevate your brand by sponsoring the AFA’s Regional Conference! Sponsors will receive a tabletop exhibit space to showcase their products with designated times to visit with attendees.
All sponsorship opportunities are sold out.