Join the Journey / BSA 1966-2019

BSA 2019 Convention

Manalapan, FL / May 4-7

Especially for the Spouses


Experienced convention attendees tell us that their spouse is a valuable asset in helping them build essential industry relationships. In many cases, the socializing among spouses at BSA networking and social events leads to additional personal contacts among convention attendees. BSA has planned a number of convention activities to include spouses/companions. All of the social and leisure events on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday include spouses and companions. If you have any questions, please contact We strive to ensure all of our Convention attendees, including spouses and companions, have the best possible experience at the BSA Convention!

Convention Functions for Spouses and Companions

All leisure activities have a minimum participation requirement and are subject to cancellation. If a cancellation occurs, attendees will be notified via email ahead of time.


Sunday, May 5, 2019 / 8:00am - 9:00am

Yoga for Spouses and Companions

Please meet in the Courtyard

$30.00/per person

Current Event Registrants

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



sunday, MaY 5, 2019 / 9:00am - 9:30am

Meet and Greet for Spouses and Companions

Please meet in the Courtyard, Complimentary

Current Event Registrants

Please join the 2019 Convention Committee Spouses for a meet and greet in the Courtyard. Enjoy a Coffee, tea or a breakfast pastry and meet old and new friends to kick off the 2019 Convention! Complimentary.


MONDAY, MAY 6, 2019 / 10:00am - 11:00am

Business Session: Craig Karges

Grand Ballroom, Complimentary

Please join us in the Grand Ballroom to see Craig Karges who combines the art of magic with the science of psychology and the power of intuition to create the impression that nothing is impossible.





Tuesday, May 7, 2019 / 9:45am - 11:15am

Bunco with Bloody Mary's and Mimosas for Spouses and Companions

Ocean 2

$35.00/per person

Current Event Registrants

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. Coffee, tea, pastries and mimosas will be served.

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Social Events

Golf driving rangeSaturday, MAY 4, 2019 / 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Cocktails and Competition

Oceans Ballroom and Beach

Everyone is welcome to join this event to catch up with your BSA friends. Come down to the Oceans Ballroom and Beach, look for the BSA signs, and be ready for fun! There will be drinks and a surprise team game to start the convention with some friendly competition. Don't forget to bring some sunscreen and sunglasses/hat.  Attire for this event is casual.

Havana Night Dinner Cruise AttireSunday, may 5, 2019 / 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join the Family Dinner Reception

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Cocktail Reception in Flagler Hall
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Dinner Reception in Grand Ballroom

Dress up for an evening to honor the Godfather and BSA President Jim Scardina. We will start at 6:30 pm in the Flagler Hall for cocktails. At 7:00 pm, bring your drink into the Grand Ballroom to let the party continue with dinner and Dueling Pianos. This event will have assigned seating. Your table number can be found on the back of your Name badge onsite.

Attire: Godfather style. Men should wear the colors of black, white and and/or red. Women should wear cocktail attire in the colors of black, white and/or red.


Chicago skylineMonday, May 6, 2019 / 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Chicago Blues Reception and Dinner

Resort Pool

Join us for a casual dinner poolside Chicago Blues themed dinner event. Unwind, and enjoy food and drink as you enjoy time with fellow BSA attendees.

Attire: Dress is casual for this event, come as you are or dress in blue.


Chicago skylineTuesday, May 7, 2019 / 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Taylor Street Block Party
Reception, Dinner, and Awards

Courtyard Pool

Join us on the last night for a block party, Italian style. Chat about memories of the Bearing Specialist Association and making new ones as you go! This block party theme will have the finer versions of Chicago's famous Italian food.

Attire: Dress is casual for this event.

Tours and Optional Convention Activities

  • The 2019 Convention Planning Committee has planned several different activities and scheduled tours that will satisfy every member in your family. Click here to view our Tours & Activities options.
  • A username and password for spouses/companions has been made available via e-mail for access to the BSA Electronic Address Book. Please e-mail Jeff at for your username and password.
  • You can log in and add tours to your registration until April 4, 2019.

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The BSA Convention Committee has planned a casual convention. A resort casual policy with regard to daytime meeting dress includes the following:

  • Men - slacks, open neck, banded collar or polo shirts, sweaters, walking shorts, no ties/jackets.
  • Women - slacks, skirts, blouses, sweaters, walking shorts, open neck banded collar or polo shirts.

Temperatures in May are a high of 80ºF during the day, a Low of 65ºF in the evenings. Keep in mind that meeting rooms tend to be cooler than the outside temperature. A jacket or sweater may be necessary. For more information on dress for specific evening events, please refer to those events.


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Already Registered

  • Bearing Headquarters Company
  • Bearing Service, Inc.
  • Bearing Service Company of PA
  • DXP
  • Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp.
  • Rotor Clip Co., Inc.
  • Schaeffler Group

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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