Asheville, NC / May 1–4
Mission: BSA builds essential relationships between distributors and manufacturers.
The Annual Convention brings together the top leadership of only authorized distributors and manufacturers of bearings and bearing related products and offers unparalleled opportunities to grow successful relationships with trusted supply chain partners. The 2021 Business program celebrates BSA's past and focuses how you, your company, and the association will prepare for the future "Ascension" of the bearing industry.
Product Information Exchange (PIE)
Scott Eiss, NTN, BSA PIE Template and BSA PIE Technology Platform Task Force Chairman will present an update on the PIE Technology Platform that performs automated data transformation and creation of PIE compliant, distributor ready, product rich content in a single, secure platform accessibly by authenticated distributor partners to access 24/7/365 in a variety of formats including customizable APIs.
The BSA PIE Technology Platform makes rich content product data, including images and attributes, easily accessible to end users from authorized distributor websites.
Certification and Education
John Masek, Bearing Service, and CBS Task Force Chairman, will present the newly updated CBS Study Guide and Examination.
BSA Excellence Award Program
2020 Award winning products will be presented.
BSA Vice President Mitch Bouchard, General Bearing Service, Inc., will provide an update on Industry Trends as reported by BSA member distributors in the BSA PAR report.
The ABMA will provide an update from 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.
Tom DeLuca, DeLuca Enterprises, Inc.
Open the windows to your imagination as Tom DeLuca uses the power of suggestion and humor to showcase the wonderful imaginations and personalities within the audience. For those who are familiar with Tom’s show, you already know you will have lots of fun. This time, Tom also will illustrate how seemingly innocuous suggestions from people around us or even from ourselves, can have a positive or negative effect on our behavior as we move toward our goals—or as we are delayed in achieving them.
Powerful entertainment with a strong message, this program demonstrates the inherent creativity of the participants when they’re relaxed, comfortable, and given permission to be themselves. Beyond the fun element in Tom’s performance, it’s also a reminder that what our subconscious/imagination believes to be true strongly influences what you do—whether that belief is real or not!
Rick Wilson, Chicago Strategy Associates and Kellogg School of Management, Adjunct Professor
Rick will discuss how manufacturer and distributor relationships are being impacted by new developments, as well as the path forward – from the demands of new omnichannel business model changes, shifts in the technology landscape, and evolving end-customer expectations, to the uncomfortable adjustments manufacturers and distributors must make in their marketplace roles, partnering relationships, trust and collaboration levels, and business economics.
Barry Lawrence, PhD, Global Supply Chain Laboratory, Texas A&M University
Dr. Lawrence will explore how different growth strategies, investment decisions, and capabilities impact and are driven by our human capital development processes. He will use real case examples from research conducted in the Global Supply Chain Laboratory at Texas A&M University to demonstrate how leading distributors have achieved breakthrough results by developing the right configuration of people and processes.
In this session Rick Wilson and Barry Lawrence will focus on practical/executable concepts to build a value-added business model.