About the Convention

BSA builds relationships. The Annual Convention brings together the top leadership of only authorized bearing distributors and manufacturers and offers unparalleled opportunities to grow successful relationships with trusted supply chain partners. 

In 2015, the BSA Annual Convention being held May 2-5 at The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in Amelia Island, Florida, will focus on the theme “Relationships Matter.”

The  business program will examine how relationships are the core to successful long-term partnerships. We will also consider some new technologies, their impact on how we go to market and the importance relationships have on successful implementation of new technologies.

Plan now to join us and take advantage of the only annual networking program attended by the highest level executives from the bearing industry.

This year's program will include:

  • Update on the Stragetic Plan (Sunday Morning)
    The August 2013 Stategic Planning Meeting resulted in four stategies: expand membership, enhance convention content and leverage member strengths in delivering content, develop brand stategy and increase participation. This will serve to update those initiatives.
  • .3D Printing - Separating the Myths from the Marketing (Sunday Morning)
    Mr. Bryce Pfanenstiel, Co-Founder, FORGE
    From 3D printed guns to 3D printed organs, 3D printing is dominating headlines while raising awareness and demand for manufacturing.  But, is this hype justified?  What are the hard questions the reporters aren't asking?  Join Bryce Pfanenstiel of FORGE 3D Printing, as he explains the current state of this technology and if it can save you time and money.


  • Teamwork: Power of Partnership: (Sunday Morning)
    The Passing Zone
    Many speakers talk about teamwork. Jon and Owen do it. Their success is proven, their talent unique, and nowhere else will you see such an exciting demonstration of the amazing things that can be accomplished when people work together. The Passing Zone is a comedy duo who not only work together - their safety is in each other's hands! Every moment of this presentation is a clear example of collaboration between two people who have prepared, who rely on each other's strengths, who communicate, trust, and have fun cooperating. Their entertaining and inspiring performance uses big laughs, exciting stunts, and flawless teamwork, creating an unforgettable experience.
  • Dynamics of Global Relationships (Monday Morning)
    Speakers: Mr. Richard Kyle, President and CEO, The Timken Company
    Mr. Masahide Matsubara,
     Director Executive Vice President, NSK Ltd.
    Mr. Tom Johnstone, Retired President & CEO, SKF

    The planning committee invited three prominent industry leaders to talk about how relationships play a role today, tomorrow and in the future and keys to beneficial relationships and pitfalls in their region.
  • The Future of Distribution Panel (Monday Morning)
    Moderator: Mr. Peter Negri, BSA Past President, CEO, Jamaica Bearings, Inc.
    Panelists: Mr. Richard Kyle, President and CEO, The Timken Company
    Mr. Masahide Matsubara,
     Executive Vice President, NSK Ltd.
    Mr. Tom Johnstone, Retired President & CEO, SKF

    Mr. Carl James, Chairmen, President and CEO, BDI
    Mr. Steve Smidler, President, Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation  

    A frank discussion about the current state of distribution, current trends and notions for the future. 
  • Annual Industry Update from BSA based on the Distributor Survey results (Sunday Morning)
    Mr. Tim Breen, President of Motion Industries, Inc. and BSA Vice President.
    Mr. Breen will provide an update on the bearing industry's growth from the distributor perspective including data from BSA's Annual Distributor Report Survey.

  • Annual Industry Update from ABMA (Sunday Morning)
    Mr. Brian Lindsay, CEO of NSK Americas and Chair of ABMA
    Mr. Lindsay will present an update on growth in the bearing industry from the perspective of the American Bearing Manufacturers Association.
  • Conference Tables (Tuesday Morning)
    Eight pre-scheduled, twenty-minute private appointments with channel partners to address bearing industry concerns and resolve business problems.

Follow the links to learn more about each of these dynamic speakers and programs.

Make memories at The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, where southern charm, magnificent scenery and casually elegant surroundings exemplify the gentle ambience of this barrier island’s luxury beachfront resort. Located on a grand stretch of pristine coastline, this North Florida resort. We look forward to seeing you May 2nd - 5th!

Don't miss this opportunity that happens only once each year!

This is business programming you cannot afford to miss.

Click here to register today for the BSA 2015 Convention!

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2015 Convention Planning Committee

Brian and Christie Negri, Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc.
Ben and Erin Nations, Bearings and Drives, Inc.
Steve and Lynne Durston, Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc.
Mike and Heidi Stofferahn, Kaydon/Cooper
Tim and Ranea Breen, Motion Industries, Inc.
Dennis and Jodi Tanrikulu, NTN Bearing Corp. of America

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