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About

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.

Leadership

Bobby Batchelor
President
Seegars Fence Company
Goldsboro, NC 27530
(919) 739-7500
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Sam Williams
Past President
Eastern Wholesale Fence
Salisbury, NC 28147
(303) 726-8337
Email Sam
Brad Howard
President Elect
Security Contractor Services
Seattle, WA 98108
(916) 767-7383
(916) 257-6707
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McKay Lundgren
Treasurer
SOS Siren Operated Sensors
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 734-0467
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Randy Ward, CFP, CGAD, CAGOI, CFC
Secretary
Binford Supply
918500-1918
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Ken Throckmorton, CFC, CFP, CAGSD
Director
Forever Fence and Rail
(330) 590-2945
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Ben Jodoin
Director
Ultra Aluminum Mfg, Inc.
Howell, MI 48855
(517) 444-1601
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Luke Bailey
Director
Bailey Fence Company
Hayward, CA 94545
(510) 750-0043
Email Luke
Ed Grause
Director
Antebellum Manufacturing
(850) 865-5559
Email Ed
Scott Meckes, CFP, CGAT, CGAD, CAGOI, CAGSD
Director
Doorking
Inglewood, CA 90301
(601) 955-9060
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Catherine Mills-Reynolds
Director
Mills Fence Company
Cincinnati, OH 45237
(513) 631-0333
Email Catherine
Dave Cochenour
Director
Alta Forest Products
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 601-0649
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Jesus Nieto, CAGOI
Director
Aruba Ironworks, Inc.
(469) 568-2875
Email Jesus
Scott Galpin
Director
SRF Fencing (Trex Fencing)
Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
(704) 240-0130
Email Scott
Zach Eichenberger, CGAT, CGAD, CAGOI, CAGSD
Director
Controlled Products Systems Group
Pleasanton, CA 94588
(408) 230-2662
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Shelby Kelland
Director
Chamberlin Group
(520) 247-4138
Email Shelby

Staff

Michael Reed
Executive Director
(512) 431-5360
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Nick Rike, CAGOI, CAGSD, CFC, CGAD, CGAT, CFP
Director, Professional Development
(937) 305-4984
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Alexa Churchwell
VP, Association Management
(314) 561-6618
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Jim Hawarden, CEM
Director, Exhibits and Sponsorship

(214) 264-3818
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Tammy Allen
Sr Accountant
(314) 561-6645
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Sara Surprenant
Sr Manager, Credentialing
(314) 561-6670
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Liz Urban
Sr Manager, Membership
314-561-6678
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Susan Feldman
Manager, Meetings & Events
(314)561-6716
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Paula Szwarc
Coordinator, Membership
(314) 561-6619
Email Paula

Are you willing to serve?

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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