Join the Journey / BSA 1966-2019

BSA 2019 Convention

Manalapan, FL / May 4-7

BSA Cares

BSA Autism Speaks Fundraiser

Greetings to all:

The 2019 BSA Convention is almost upon us and will be held in Manalapan, Florida (Palm Beach) next year. To be sure the planning committee has been hard at work with agendas and activities, my hope is that it will be a lasting memory for all “our family” of distributors and manufacturers that attend. We are a family and have been for over 53 years now. Building relationships, growing friendships, and making our industry stronger.

During the convention this year I would like to ask for your generous support in the form of monetary donations to Autism Speaks. 100% of your donation will support the Autism Speaks organization and its goals.

Autism is a developmental disorder that affects individuals and families in many different ways. This I know because my family has been affected by it -- one of our grandchildren is diagnosed with autism. Because of the generous support from people who give to Autism Speaks it is a disorder that we know more about and has made significant advancements! Of course, progress doesn’t come without much needed help. This is why I am asking for donations to “Autism Speaks” to help further their mission. Today, Autism Speaks is dedicated to advancing research into causes and better treatments for autism spectrum disorders and related conditions both through direct funding and collaboration.

View this video to see Autism Speaks amazing work in action!

Facts about Autism:

  • In 2018 the CDC determined that approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
    • 1 in 37 boys
    • 1 in 151 girls
  • Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
  • Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2. 
  • 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] <70), 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85), and 44% have IQ scores in the average to above average range (i.e., IQ >85).
  • Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
  • Minority groups tend to be diagnosed later and less often.
  • Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
  • There is no medical detection for autism.

Why Autism Speaks is the choice to support:

Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of people with autism and their families by means of:

  • Increasing Global Understanding and Acceptance
  • Advancing Breakthroughs in Autism Research
  • Expanding Early Childhood Screening and Intervention
  • Improving the Transition to Adulthood
  • Ensuring Access to Reliable Information across the Life Span

Autism Speaks relentlessly pursues strategies that make significant progress toward the following outcomes over the next 10 years:

  • A better understanding of the causes and typology of ASD
  • Children with an autism spectrum disorder being diagnosed before the age of 2
  • Children having access to appropriate intervention, services and resources immediately following diagnosis
  • The availability of better treatments both for underlying pathology as well as co-existing conditions that decrease quality of life for those with autism
  • People with ASD and their families have transition plans that result in more independent adult life that is meaningful to the individual
  • Individuals with ASD will have effective interventions, services and supports throughout their lifetime

For more information

Please visit the Autism Speaks website

These /goals can only be achieved through work in communities nationwide, at the federal level, and globally by working with partners, governments and other organizations such as the BSA. Donations can be made through the BSA and will be directly sent to Autism Speaks.

I am pleased to add that the entire Convention Planning Committee has started the campaign with a donation of $300.00 per team. Please join us in making this a successful contribution for an Illness that affects so many families.

Send your personal or company check, made out to “Autism Speaks” to:

800 Roosevelt Road
Suite C312
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Or, go to and make your donation online.

Donations can be made immediately and/or anytime between now and May 7, 2019.

Thanking you in advance for your support and donations.


Jim Scardina

Senior Vice-President, Bearing Headquarters
President, Bearing Specialists Association

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

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