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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.


Sam Williams
Eastern Wholesale Fence
Salisbury, NC 28147
(303) 726-8337
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Bobby Batchelor
President Elect
Seegars Fence Company
Goldsboro, NC 27530
(919) 739-7500
Email Bobby
McKay Lundgren
SOS Siren Operated Sensors
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 734-0467
Email McKay
Brad Howard
Security Contractor Services
Seattle, WA 98108
(916) 767-7383
(916) 257-6707
Email Brad
Randy Ward, CFP, CAGOI, CFC
Past President
Binford Supply
Supulpa, OK 74066
(918) 500-1918
Email Randy
Nike Rike
Controlled Products Systems Group
Orlando, FL 32810
(630) 943-8697
Email Nike
Barry Baker
Baker Fence Company
Hayesville, KS 67060
(316) 788-6668
(316) 390-6668
Email Barry
Ben Jodoin
Ultra Aluminum Mfg, Inc.
Howell, MI 48855
(517) 444-1601
Email Ben
Inglewood, CA 90301
(601) 955-9060
Email Scott
Bob Masten, CFP
Stephen's Pipe and Steel
Montoursville, PA 17754
(270) 585-0206
Email Bob

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Catherine Mills-Reynolds
Mills Fence Company
Cincinnati, OH 45242
(513) 631-0333
Email Catherine
Mark Olson
Powell, WY 82435
(307) 754-8166
Email Mark
Dave Cochenour
Alta Forest Products
Chehalis, WA 98532
(360) 601-0649
Email Dave

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Ken Throckmorton, CFC, CFP, CAGSD
Forever Fence and Rail
(330) 590-2945
Email Ken
Jesus Nieto
Aruba Ironworks, Inc.
(469) 568-2875
Email Jesus


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
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Susan Feldman
Meeting Planner
Taylor Pak
Membership Manager
(314) 561-6624
Email Taylor

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