Be the Change / Bonita Springs, FL / April 28 – May 1

BSA 2018 Convention

Bonita Springs, FL / APR 28 - May 2

Tours & Activities

Please register in advance!

The 2018 Convention Planning Committee has planned several different activities and scheduled tours that will satisfy every member in your family.

Because these tours are always more fun with friends, we’re also providing this link to the BSA's Electronic Directory, so you can readily connect with other BSA friends as you make your plans.


Sunday, April 29, 2018 / 9:00am - 9:45am

Meet and Greet for Spouses and Companions

Calusa Terrace


Please join the 2018 Convention Committee Spouses for a meet and greet on the Calusa Terrace. Enjoy a Coffee, tea or a breakfast pastry and meet old and new friends to kick off the 2018 Convention! At 9:45 am, the group will head into the Calusa Ballroom to join the rest of the BSA attendees for a comedic presentation by the Water Coolers. Complimentary.


Sunday, April 29, 2018 / 12:30pm - 5:00pm

Guided Kayak Tour- No Lunch Included

Please meet at the Hotel Front Drive at 12:30pm

Experience the local knowledge of our guides as they explain the Florida vegetation, wildlife, and real estate in the surrounding area. We travel through the mangrove islands that are inhabited by an abundance of wildlife from dolphins, ospreys, egrets and bald eagles.

YogaSunday, April 29, 2018 / 12:45pm - 4:00pm OR Monday, April 30, 2018 / 12:45pm - 4:00pm

Segway Tour- No Lunch Included

Please meet at the Hotel Front Drive at 12:45pm

$145.00 per person

Discover the natural beauty and history of Old Naples on the newest, hippest, innovative personal transporter. Here is your chance to experience the amazing technology of the Segway Human Transporter. The Segway HT requires no balancing or exceptional skill to operate. Five gyros, two tilt sensors and some very complex software sample and react to your center of gravity one hundred times per second. Quite simply, if you can stand; you can glide, in as little as 30 seconds.


Monday, April 30, 2018 / 8:00am - 9:00am

Yoga for Spouses and Companions

Please meet in the Cypress Courtyard

A skilled instructor will lead a relaxing session, suitable for all skill levels. This event will includ towels, yoga mats and water. Please dress in comfortable clothing.

Monday, April 30, 2018 / 11:30am - 4:00pm

Thomas Edison Estate Tour with Lunch

Please meet at the Hotel Front Drive at 11:30pm

$120.00/per person

The inventive genius of Edison is evident throughout his 14 acre riverfront estate. His botanical gardens reflect his love of exotic foliage and search for useful materials. A 9,000 square foot museum houses memorabilia related to Edison’s life. Also on display is his unique Model T Ford, a prototype presented to him by his friend, Henry Ford. This charming setting along the river of Ft. Myers is a wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon.

Following the tour, a fresh assortment of pitas, wraps, pasta salad and fresh fruit await your privileged guests as they enjoy a private luncheon riverside at the Ford Estate.

Monday, April 30, 2018 / 12:45pm - 4:00pm

Waverunner Tour- No Lunch

Please meet at the Hotel Front Drive at 12:45pm

$200.00/per person

Experienced and friendly guides will take you on an adventure through the Gulf of Mexico and the S.W. Florida waterways on our waverunners for an awesome unforgettable adventure of a lifetime!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 / 9:30am - 11:00am

Bunko for Spouses and Companions

Cypress Courtyard

$15.00/per person

Spouses are invited to enjoy a morning of Bunco. Bunco is a social dice game involving 100% luck and no skill (there are no decisions to be made), scoring and a simple set of rules.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 / 11:30am - 4:00pm

Shopping Tour of Naples and Lunch at Tommy Bahama

Meet in Hotel Lobby at 11:30 am

$135.00/per person

Sit back and enjoy the ride on one of our signature Trolleys, as our guides combine humorous stories and historical facts into a fun-filled tour that’s both entertaining and educational. Our expert guides show you the sights from historical landmarks to world class shopping areas, local attractions, beautiful beaches and waterways plus much more. Following the area tour the group will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the most refined shopping in the country, including a wide variety of specialty shops, clothing boutiques, jewelers and art galleries.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 / 12:15am - 5:00pm

Catamaran Sailing- No Lunch

Meet in Hotel Lobby at 12:15pm

$175.00/per person

The only way to truly experience Southwest Florida is on the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and this custom 53’ catamaran is the perfect vessel to take your guests on this sun-drenched excursion. This amazing catamaran was originally built in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands as an ocean-racing catamaran. It is one of a kind in the Southwest Florida area and can reach speeds of up to 20 knots. As they glide through the waters they will have an opportunity to see the natural wonders of the area. Mangroves, birds, and perhaps even dolphins or manatees are scattered along the way.

Note: All leisure activities have a minimum participation requirement and are subject to cancellation. If a cancellation occurs, a full refund will be provided for that activity. Full refunds cannot be guaranteed for cancellations received after March 27 and on-site registration will be on a space-available basis only. A wait list is available for all tours when the maximum number of attendees has been reached. After March 27, BSA is unable to accept exchanges between individuals registered for an event who no longer wish to attend and persons wanting to register onsite.

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Already Registered

  • Accurate Bushing Company
  • Altra Industrial Motion
  • American Roller Bearing
  • AMI Bearings, Inc.
  • Applied Industrial Technologies
  • Baldor Electric - Dodge
  • Baleromex, S.A. de C.V.
  • BDI
  • Bearing Headquarters Company
  • Bearing Service, Inc.
  • Bearings & Drives, Inc.
  • Bearings Manufacturing Co.
  • Bearing Specialty Company
  • Berliss Bearing Company
  • Climax Metal Products Company
  • Canadian Bearins
  • C&UAmericas.
  • DXP
  • Eastern Industrial Automation
  • Forum Energy Technologies
  • General Bearing Corporation
  • Fukuda Corporation
  • Gipson Bearing Co
  • General Bearing Service Inc.
  • GGB
  • New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.
  • IBT, Inc.
  • Interstate BearingSystems
  • Isostatic Industries, Inc.
  • Jamaica Bearings Company, Inc.
  • Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp.
  • Koyo
  • Loctite Industrial Div. Henkel Technologies
  • Lubriplate
  • New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.
  • motion
  • New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.
  • NSK Corporation
  • NSK Corporation
  • NTN Bearing Corp. of Canada
  • Oilite Bearing Division, Beemer Precision, Inc.
  • Peer Bearing Co.
  • Randall Bearings, Inc.
  • regal
  • RBC Bearings
  • Rexnord Industries, LLC
  • New Hampshire Ball Bearings, Inc.
  • Rolamentos CBF Ltda.
  • Rotor Clip Co., Inc.
  • Ruland Manufacturing
  • Schaeffler Group
  • SKF USA, Inc.
  • Symmco, Inc.
  • Standard Locknut, LLC
  • Thomson Linear LLC
  • The Timken Company
  • W.C. Du Comb Company, Inc.
  • Weimer Bearing

What They're saying

  • I thought assigned seating for Sunday evening was a great idea. The "team" event made it an even better experience!

    Jeff Williams, General Bearing Corporation

  • Great convention. Liked the change in the business program. Speakers were relevant to our industry. Social events were fun.

    – Jim Fitzpatrick, Bearing Specialty Company

  • The business program was probably the best I have seen BSA execute. Great job.

    – Randy Breaux, Motion Industries, Inc.

  • The entire event was world-class. The attention to detail, schedule and programming were well worth the time and financial investment. The location worked well.

    – Jeff Guritza, Osborn

  • I very much liked the assigned seating, and felt that pushed people to meet each other - as a first time attendee, I liked it very much.

    – Charles Estermann, Weimer Bearing &Transmission, Inc.

  • This was the best convention I've attended because of the meeting structure, content, activities and venue.

    – David Zoesch,  Schaeffler Group

  • It was a beautiful setting, very well run meetings, and some excellent group activities. The camaraderie throughout the organization and the fact that relationships do matter was very apparent.

    –Scott Eiss, NTN Bearing Corporation of America

Relationships Matter

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.

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