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The American Fence Association has been serving the fence industry since 1962. The AFA was just a dream for a group of progressive members of the fence industry in October of 1962 and was initially organized as the International Fence Industry Association (IFIA). Starting with just 22 members, the association had close to 600 members just 11 years following its inception. As it continued to grow, Field Training School (now known as Fence Installation School) was developed in 1978 with the Certified Fence Professional Certification to follow in 1987. In the late ’80s, IFIA revamped its publications, creating the professional Fencepost magazine. IFIA transitioned the name to American Fence Association in 1993.  

Since its inception in 1962, the AFA has grown to represent the largest and most comprehensive resource in the industry for the latest developments, tools, materials, standards, trends and discounts in the fence industry. 

AFA now serves more than 1,400 member companies with 19 chapters across the United States. AFA’s membership also extends to more than 18 foreign countries. By offering education and certification programs and providing networking opportunities, AFA is ensuring that its members have a competitive edge among their industry peers. AFA now offers 6 schools for education opportunities: Fence Installation School, Gate Automation Designer School, Gate Automation Technician School, Sales Training School, Fence Contractor Business School and Operations Manager School. 

Our Mission Statement

The American Fence Association benefits fence industry professionals and consumers by promoting the highest levels of professionalism, ethics, and through the education and certification of its members.


Randy Ward, CFP, CAGOI, CFC
WMS Automatic Gates
Supulpa, OK 74066
(918) 500-1918
Email Randy
Sam Williams
Eastern Wholesale Fence
Email Sam
Barry Baker
Baker Fence Company
136 Pirner Suite 6
Hayesville, KS 67060
(316) 788-6668
(316) 390-6668
Email Barry
Susan E. Colson
Security Fence, Inc.
1491 S. Jefferson Ave.
Cookeville, TN 38506
(931) 526-3603
(931) 260-3410
Email Susan E.
Chris Loftus
Past President
Milestone Fence Co.
13399 McKinley Hwy
Mishawaka, IN 46545
(574) 259-3101
(574) 532-1477
Email Chris
Nike Rike
Chair, CPC
Controlled Products Systems Group
6329 All American Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32810
Email Nike
McKay Lundgren
Past Chair, CPC
SOS Siren Operated Sensors
702 Fairfield Street W.
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 734-0467
Email McKay
Steve Alsip
Southwest Automated Security
2472 Southwell Rd
Dallas , TX 75229
(214) 902-7995
Email Steve
Bobby Batchelor
Seegars Fence Company
401 Patetown Road
Goldsboro, NC 27530
(919) 739-7500
Email Bobby

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Dave Cochenour
Alta Forest Products
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 601-0649
Email Dave
Travis Hampton
Town & Country Fence Company
19511 CR 90
Pierce, CO 80650
(970) 834-9022
Email Travis
Brad Howard
Security Contractor Services
9619 8th Ave South
Seattle, WA 98108
(916) 767-7383
(916) 257-6707
Email Brad

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Catherine Mills-Reynolds
Mills Fence Company
Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 631-0333
Email Catherine
Mark Olson
PO Box 1240
Powell, WY 82435
(307) 754-8166
Email Mark


Tony Thornton CFP, CAGOI, CAGSD
Executive Director
(314) 561-6648
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Alexa Churchwell
VP, Association Management
(314) 561-6618
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Tammy Allen
Senior Accountant
(314) 561-6645
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Sara Surprenant
Senior Association Manager
(314) 561-6670
Email Sara
Susan Feldman
Meeting Planner
Taylor Pak
Membership Manager
(314) 561-6624
Email Taylor

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Service on the AFA Board of Directors or an AFA committee will help you grow personally and professionally, develop skills, gain irreplaceable experience, and provide an opportunity to drive and influence the decisions of our organization and shape governmental policies that affect the livelihoods of AFA members and their customers.

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