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

BSA 2018 Convention

Bonita Springs, FL / APR 28 - May 2

Business Program

Be the Change

Mission: BSA builds essential relationships between distributors and manufacturers.

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. Join us as you prepare yourself and your company to "Be the Change" as we embark on the digital industrial revolution.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

BSA Project Presentations

BSA NEW Strategic Plan Implementation- Brian Davis, B&D Industrial

Product Information Exchange (PIE)- Scott Eiss, NTN Bearing Corp. of America

Digital Supply Chain Forum- Mark Stoneburner, Motion Industries, Inc.

BSA Excellence Award Program Review- Jason Vasquez, Applied Industrial Technologies and Kyle Sobke, ABB Motors and Mechanical Inc.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

BSA Update

BSA Vice President Jim Scardina of Bearing Headquarters Company, will provide an update on Industry Trends as reported by BSA member distributors in the BSA PAR report, newly combined with the previous Distributor Report.


Chris Coughlin

Sunday, April 29, 2018

ABMA Update

The chair of ABMA, Chris Coughlin, Timken Company will provide an update from BSA manufacturers about bearing industry growth in North America and the world and will include pertinent data and lessons learned that relate to the future of the bearing industry.


Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Water Coolers Presentation


As we look at the current and future trends for the bearing industry, this comedy troupe is destined to give everyone some comic relief. This custom show will feature performance and songs you won't want to miss! For nearly 15 years, THE WATER COOLERS have entertained audiences around the world, as far reaching as Singapore and Australia, with their high energy, uncommonly funny, authentic take on work and life. Smart phones, conference calls, kids, co-workers, and travel are just a few of the topics this group of top NYC talent turns into hilarious sketch comedy and song. They are one of the few acts to win Event Solutions Magazine's Spotlight Awards for Entertainment of the Year multiple times.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Be the Change

Kenneth W. Gronbach is a demographer, President of KGC Direct, LLC and author of the current best selling book, “The Age Curve: How To Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm”. 

This presentation will address how you can harness change and utilize the new workforce and their assets.

Ken is an internationally respected demographer who has been able to forecast societal, commercial, economic, cultural and political phenomena with uncanny accuracy. Ken specializes in human analytics.  Ken’s unusual blend of marketing savvy and common sense demography, based on twenty years of proprietary demographic study, set him apart. Ken keynotes all over the United States and does customized demographic research.


Monday, May 1, 2018

Rethink, and Thrive

Michael Rogers, author and futurist-in-residence, The New York Times

More and more of how we work is moving into the virtual world--our work process, how we collaborate with partners, how we manage our employees.  Virtual organization, global collaboration, smart objects, cloud-based intelligence--all will shape the rest of this decade.  And the next generation of workers will bring even more digital skills and demands.  What will the work and production environment of the future look like?  What steps should we take now to make sure our businesses move in the right direction? 

Michael studied physics and creative writing at Stanford University with additional training in finance and management at the Stanford Business School Executive Program. He has worked as a keynote speaker with companies ranging from FedEx, Boeing and GE to Microsoft, Pfizer and American Express, as well as both NASA and the Department of Defense.

He addresses groups ranging from venture capitalists and corporate executives to educators, students and the general public and is also a regular guest on radio and television, including Good Morning America, the Today Show, PBS, CNN and the History Channel. A dynamic futurist speaker who delivers an entertaining and common-sense vision of change for business and individuals, Michael blends technology, economics, demographics, culture and human nature.


Monday, April 30, 2018

Industry 4.0 Panel Discussion

Moderator: Mitch Bouchard, General Bearing Service, Inc.

    • Jeff Moore, ABB Motors and Mechanical, Inc.
    • David L. Thompson, Schaeffler Group
    • Keith Weiss, SKF USA
    • Mike Connors, The Timken Company

    BSA participating manufacturers will address how distributors can harness the new industrial revolution.  This panel will include an overview Industry 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things. After introductions to each manufacturer panelists, the group will discuss the impact of Industry 4.0: How will it affect our customers, distributors, and suppliers?

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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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