AFA Is Headed Your Way This Summer

We’re hosting 3 days of networking, exhibits, education and more at the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina, July 20-22, 2017. Our Southeast Regional Conference is a great chance to build industry connections and further your career with continuing education and certification. Keep reading for more details about what we have planned.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Elevate your brand by sponsoring the AFA’s Regional Conference! Sponsors will showcase their product(s) with a tabletop exhibit, product demonstration and specific exhibit times to visit with attendees. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to connect with current and potential clients. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a Social/Networking Event ticket and mingle with attendees on an off-site group excursion.

Product Demonstrations

AFA is teaming up with numerous suppliers and manufacturers during the afternoon on Friday to provide half hour (30 minute) product demonstrations at the regional conference. The website will be updated with company info as demonstrations are confirmed.

What to Expect

  • Technical and Business Education
  • Tabletop Exhibits
  • Networking Events
  • Product Demonstrations
  • Off-Site Group Excursion

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Regional Conference Packages

All Inclusive
$165 Members / $200 Non-Members

Pricing Includes:

  • Breakout Education Sessions
  • Welcome Reception
  • Regional Dinner
  • Tabletop Exhibits
  • Product Demonstrations

Education Only
$125 Members / $160 Non-Members

Pricing Includes:

  • Breakout Education Sessions
  • Tabletop Exhibits
  • Product Demonstrations

Welcome Reception & Regional Dinner
$125 Members / $160 Non-Members

Pricing Includes:

  • Welcome Reception
  • Regional Dinner

Breakout Education Sessions

Blueprint Reading

Blueprint Reading

Price: Must purchase “All Inclusive” or “Education Only” Package
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

Course Description:
Blueprint reading is a valuable skill that can increase your productivity at a job site. This course will review the components of a blueprint and plan sheets and how to apply the information to your installation. This course is ideal for individuals who install or manage the installation of product on site.

Objectives:

  1. Identify components on a blueprint.
  2. Calculate basic construction math equations accurately.
  3. Define best practices in using blueprints.
Budgets & Profitability

Budgets & Profitability

Price: Must purchase “All Inclusive” or “Education Only” Package
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

Course Description:
A business cannot be successful without a roadmap to success. Budgeting and forecasting are a necessity to understand the health of your business. Through this session you will gain an understanding of overhead and how it affects your bottom line, learn to identify areas to cut costs and increase profits, and set company financial goals. This course is ideal for CEOs and senior management.

Objectives:

  1. Explain what overhead is and how it affects your business
  2. Build a framework to identify savings and increase profit
  3. Define goals for company’s profit
Contracts & Collections

Contracts & Collections

Price: Must purchase “All Inclusive” or “Education Only” Package
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

Course Description:
Your bid was accepted, so what is next? Building an effective contract and collections process will protect your company and improve your revenue stream. Learn the important elements and clauses for a contract and an effective process for collections to run a profitable, growing business. This course is ideal for CEOs and senior management.

Objectives:

  1. Describe important elements of a contract
  2. Explain clauses necessary for a contract
  3. Outline the processes to put in place for collections
  4. Describe remedies available for non-payments
Efficiencies to Boost Your Bottom Line

Efficiencies to Boost Your Bottom Line

Price: Must purchase “All Inclusive” or “Education Only” Package
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

Course Description:
You wouldn’t build a house without a plan, so doesn’t it make sense to make a plan for your installation? In this course you will learn proven techniques to develop an installation plan to be more efficient and add PROFIT to your bottom line. This course is ideal for individuals who install or manage the installation of product on site.

Objectives:

  1. Identify a minimum of 3 areas where an installation can be more efficient.
  2. Build a plan to incorporate new techniques into job performance.
  3. Explain how the changes will increase profitability.
Marketing Your Business

Marketing Your Business

Price: Must purchase “All Inclusive” or “Education Only” Package
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

Course Description:
Marketing for the 21st Century small business is more dynamic and challenging than ever. Discover how to most effectively and efficiently use the many marketing tools available. Gain insights to understand and reach your customer, analyze your industry and business environment and differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques.

Objectives:

  1. Identify various marketing tools.
  2. Learn how best to reach your customer.
  3. Differentiate between branding, advertising, and grassroots marketing techniques.
Recruiting & Hiring the Right Employees

Recruiting & Hiring the Right Employees

Price: Must purchase “All Inclusive” or “Education Only” Package
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

Course Description:
Focus on how to successfully recruit, select, and hire the best talent for their organization. Better hiring decisions lead to increased productivity, improved retention, and reduced liability for organizations. Attendees will learn how to apply best practices to improve hiring success.

Objectives:

  1. Understand hiring legislation
  2. Understand the importance of job descriptions
  3. Source job candidates
  4. Incorporate quality interview techniques
Small Business Resources

Small Business Resources

Price: Must purchase “All Inclusive” or “Education Only” Package
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

Course Description:
Discover the many resources and programs available to support small businesses. Learn about the Women Business Centers, the Small Business Center Network, the Small Business Technology Development Centers, Small Business Administration and more! Find out which is best to access for services as you start, grow and manage your business.

Objectives:

  1. Identify local business resources to assist area businesses.
  2. Determine when to use certain resources.
Successful Business Planning

Successful Business Planning

Price: Must purchase “All Inclusive” or “Education Only” Package
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

Course Description:
A huge component to business success is understanding that planning never ends. In this course attendees will learn a simple, concise approach to planning and explore four key areas of on-going planning. The course is ideal for senior managers and business owners.

Objectives:

  1. Understand the Business Model Canvas
  2. Create and evaluate plans in the following areas:
    a. Value Proposition
    b. Key Customers
    c. Key Partners
    d. Financial

Certification Exams

CAGOI Exam

CAGOI Exam

Certified Automated Gate Operator Installer

Price: $250
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

The purpose of this program is to promote the safety awareness and professionalism of the gate operator installers. You will receive a self-study guide in advance to help you successfully pass the examination.

CAGSD Exam

CAGSD Exam

Certified Automated Gate Systems Designer

Price: $200
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

This certification is designed to validate exceptional expertise rather than fundamental knowledge. You will receive a self-study guide in advance to help you successfully pass the examination.

CFP Exam

CFP Exam

Certified Fence Professional
Price: $250 Members / $595 Non-Members
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

The CFP designation recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to quality and improving standards within the fence industry. It is designed for manufacturers, suppliers, owners, project managers, estimators and office personnel to acquire a good understanding of specifications, material standards and installation techniques that help assure a first-class product for the customer. Re-certification is required on a three-year interval with a point system and minimum continuing education requirement.

Download the required application or call 1-800-822-4342. A complete study guide with practice tests that help identify strengths and weaknesses will be sent immediately after you apply.

Social & Networking Events

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Price: Must purchase “All Inclusive” or “Welcome Reception & Regional Dinner” Package
Dates: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Reconnect with long-standing industry contacts and make new ones, too. We’re providing light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar with cocktail service for your first evening in Charlotte: register to mix with colleagues and event exhibitors.

Regional Dinner

Regional Dinner

Price: Must purchase “All Inclusive” or “Welcome Reception & Regional Dinner” Package
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

Dine, relax and gain surprising insights. Our second night in Charlotte is your chance to sit back, enjoy a satisfying meal, and listen to a special guest’s presentation on what they’ve learned about AFA during their years inside the organization.

YFP Networking Event

YFP Networking Event

Price: FREE
Dates: Friday, July 21, 2017

Share your industry perspective with other young fence professionals (YFP) 35 and under. This event is designed to build open communication and closer peer-to-peer bonds. Everyone who joins in has a chance to win a $100 gift card.

Whitewater Rafting & Zip Tour

Whitewater Rafting & Zip Tour

Price: $100
Dates: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Looking for adventure on the water and in the trees? Enjoy the best of both with the Raft + Zip Tour. You will venture through half of the US National Whitewater Center’s (USNWC) Canopy Tour (1.5 to 2 hours), as well as an Adventure Rafting trip down the world’s largest manmade whitewater river (1.5 hour). You must be taller than 4ft 8in, under 275 pounds and a minimum of 8 years old.

Prize Drawing

Prize Drawing

Price: Free
Dates: Saturday, July 22, 2017

Do you want to qualify to win an Apple iPad? Anyone registered for the “All-Inclusive Package” who collects stamps from every exhibitor in the “passport” provided will be entered to win the iPad. Our prize will be awarded by drawing at dinner the second night in Charlotte.

 

Thank You to Our Sponsors