BSA 2021 Convention – Nov 14-17 / Naples, FL

BSA 2021 Convention

Naples, FL / Nov 14-17

Tours & Activities

Please register in advance!

The 2021 Convention Planning Committee has planned several different activities and scheduled tours that will satisfy every member in your family.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021 / 9:00AM - 9:45AM

Meet and Greet for Spouses and Companions

Please meet in the Vista Terrace, Complimentary

Please join the 2021 Convention Committee Spouses for a meet and greet on the Vista Terrace. Enjoy a coffee, tea or a breakfast pastry and meet old and new friends to kick off the 2021 Convention! Complimentary.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021 / 12:15 PM - 5:00PM

TBD

Please plan to meet in the Meet in TBD at 12:15 p.m. for transportation. Buses will depart promptly at 12:30 p.m. Allow approximately  TBD drive from hotel to destination and return.

$TBD per person. Includes roundtrip transportation, TBD, professional guide, taxes and gratuity.

TBD If you only had the opportunity to do one thing while in Asheville, the magnificent beauty of Biltmore House, Gardens & Winery are revealed in this half-day tour. Your excursion includes a self-paced, self-guided audio tour of the restored rooms of Biltmore House, America’s largest privately owned residence. Acres of beautiful gardens and a tour of Biltmore’s award-winning Winery with a free tasting for those 21 years add to the exceptional charm of this Estate.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021/ 12:15PM - 5:00PM

TBD

Please plan to meet in the Meet in TBD at 12:15 p.m. for transportation. Buses will depart promptly at 12:30 p.m. Allow approximately a TBD minute drive from hotel to destination and return.

$TBD per person. Includes: roundtrip transportation, professional horseback riding guide, horse rental, snacks & bottled water, taxes & gratuity.

Experience fresh mountain air, breath-taking scenery and an old fashioned down-home friendliness when you go horseback riding in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Your group will be taken to a secluded ranch just minutes outside of Asheville, a ranch with picturesque trails that pass through high country, scenic mountain meadow and wooded areas. This safe and relaxing ride is for people of all ages and horseback riding abilities, and there are no weight limits. All rides are accompanied by friendly, experienced trail guides. Be sure to bring your camera as the scenery is spectacular! We recommend wearing comfortable secure footing (cowboy or hiking boots, and tennis shoes are acceptable), and
long pants, such as blue jeans.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2021 / 12:15PM - 5:00PM

Asheville Brewery Tour

Please plan to meet in the Meet in Vanderbilt Wing, 7th level Atrium at 12:15 p.m. for transportation. Buses will depart promptly at 12:30 p.m. Allow approximately a 30 minute drive from hotel to destination and return.

$109.00 per person. Includes: roundtrip transportation with professional guide, an ample sampling of beer, snacks, bottled water, tax and gratuity.

From IPAs to ambers, ESBs to porters, Asheville’s craft breweries receive high marks from beer enthusiasts worldwide. Taking their cue from traditional styles of brewing, each of Asheville’s ten microbreweries adds a bit of the mountains to every batch. We will give you a VIP tour in one of our microbreweries where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and partake of a generous sampling of their beers. Then we will visit 2 more breweries for an introduction and tasting.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2021/ 8:00AM - 9:00AM

Yoga for Spouses and Companions

Please meet at TBD.

$25.00/per person

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.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2021 / 9:30AM - 11:00AM

Bingo Brunch for Spouses and Companions

Please meet at TBD.

$45.00/per person

Join us for some friendly competition and socializing in the spacious Pavilion. Coffee, tea, pastries, Bloody Mary's and mimosas will be served.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2021 / 12:15PM - 5:00PM

Asheville Art Safari

Please plan to meet in the Meet in Vanderbilt Wing, 7th level Atrium at 12:15 p.m. for transportation. Buses will depart promptly at 12:30 p.m. Allow approximately a 10-15 minute drive from hotel to destination and return.

$109.00/per person. Includes: roundtrip transportation with professional tour guide, snacks, bottled water, taxes & gratuity.

Asheville and the surrounding region has one of the largest concentrations of fine artists and crafters in the country. Our guide will accompany you on a private studio tour of at least three of Asheville most noted artists. Popular artists with our aficionados in the past have included glass blowers, potters, metal workers, and textile artists, but we also choose specific artists who are willing to demonstrate their craft and are open to communicate about their techniques and works (not all artists are suited for this). Though our serious art seekers prefer to spend more
personal time with the individual artists, this tour may also include a visit to one of Asheville’s more prominent art galleries.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2021 /12:15PM - 5:30PM

Zipline Adventure

Please plan to meet in the Meet in Vanderbilt Wing, 7th level Atrium at 12:15 p.m. for transportation. Buses will depart promptly at 12:30 p.m. Allow approximately a 1 hour drive from hotel to destination and return. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS TOUR DOES NOT RETURN UNTIL 5:30 PM.

$195.00/per person. Includes: roundtrip transportation, bottled water, snacks, all Ziplining equipment and certified guides, photograph package, gratuity & taxes. Please wear appropriate clothing and closed toed shoes.

This Canopy Adventure combines the thrill of the ride with a genuine commitment to education, teaching guests about the natural environment, how sustainable practices were integrated into the course, local culture and history, and perhaps, teaching guests more about themselves. Two professional canopy rangers will accompany smaller groups of up to eight guests. The Navitat course, with over one mile of suspended cable, highlights the property’s natural beauty and features ten exhilarating zip lines (including one that sends guests soaring 200 feet above the forest floor and another that is 1100 feet in length), artfully-crafted platforms that nest seamlessly in large beautiful native trees, two rappelling experiences, two suspended sky bridges that span forest sections teeming with flora and fauna, and three short hikes.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2021 /12:15PM - 5:00PM

Guided Waterfall Hike

Please plan to meet in the Meet in Vanderbilt Wing, 7th level Atrium at 12:15 p.m. for transportation. Buses will depart promptly at 12:30 p.m. Allow approximately a 1 hour drive from hotel to destination and return.

$130.00 per person. Includes: roundtrip transportation, professional guide, snacks, bottled water, taxes and gratuity.

Hendersonville and Brevard – the 10,000 acre Dupont State Forest is home to over 90 miles of trails leading adventurous hikers to beautiful waterfalls, tranquil mountain lakes, and beside rushing streams. On this moderate hike your friendly guides will take you to three of these splendid waterfalls (High Falls, Triple Falls and Hooker Falls). Several of the waterfalls you will see were filmed in the movie Last of the Mohicans and more recently The Hunger Games. Make sure to bring your camera because this place is truly a photographer’s dream! Also, please wear appropriate shoes for light hiking.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021 / 12:15PM - 5:00PM

Asheville Brewery Tour

Please plan to meet in the Meet in Vanderbilt Wing, 7th level Atrium at 12:15 p.m. for transportation. Buses will depart promptly at 12:30 p.m. Allow approximately a 30 minute drive from hotel to destination and return.

$109.00 per person. Includes: roundtrip transportation with professional guide, an ample sampling of beer, snacks, bottled water, tax and gratuity.

From IPAs to ambers, ESBs to porters, Asheville’s craft breweries receive high marks from beer enthusiasts worldwide. Taking their cue from traditional styles of brewing, each of Asheville’s ten microbreweries adds a bit of the mountains to every batch. We will give you a VIP tour in one of our microbreweries where you will have the opportunity to ask questions and partake of a generous sampling of their beers. Then we will visit 2 more breweries for an introduction and tasting.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2021 / 12:15PM - 5:00PM

Electric Bike Tour

Please plan to meet in the Meet in Vanderbilt Wing, 7th level Atrium at 12:15 p.m. This tour will depart from hotel and return to hotel at conclusion.

$94.00 per person. Includes bike for each person, safety gear, water, expert tour guide, tax & gratuity.

With electric wings at your back you’ll soar up the steep hills and inclines of Asheville’s historical districts. This 3-4 hour tour starts and ends at the Omni Grove Park Inn and in between encompasses some of the back streets of Asheville with stories of important facts, quirky Asheville history and past residents and famous historical properties. You’ll travel mostly on greenways or on streets.

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 October 12th 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 October 12th , 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

  • BDI
  • BDIndustrial
  • Bearing Headquarters Company
  • Bearing Service, Inc.
  • Berliss Bearing Company
  • Carter Bearings
  • DXP
  • General Bearing Service Inc.
  • IBT, Inc.
  • Isostatic Industries, Inc.
  • NTN Bearing Corp. of Canada

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.