BSA 2022 Convention: April 30 – May 3 / Towering Towards Tomorrow / Indian Wells, CA Register

Business Program

Hyatt Regency Indian Wells

"Towering Towards Tomorrow"

Mission: BSA builds meaningful and lasting relationships by connecting distributor and manufacturer leaders to move our industry forward.

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 2022 Business program celebrates BSA's past and focuses how you, your company, and the association will prepare for the future of the bearing industry.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

BSA Project Presentations

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 accessible by authenticated distributor partners who can access the dates 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 updated programs and initiatives.

BSA Excellence Award Program
2021 Award winning products will be presented.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

BSA Update

BSA Vice President Todd Hamlin, DXP Enterprises, Inc., will provide an update on Industry Trends as reported by BSA member distributors in the BSA PAR report.

Sunday, May 1, 2022

ABMA Update

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.

Ken Gronbach

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Demographic Strategies for the Post Corona Era

Ken Gronbach, President KGC Direct, LLC

Ken is an internationally respected demographer who has been able to forecast societal, commercial, economic, cultural and politcal phenomena with uncanny accuracy. Ken’s unusual blend of marketing savvy and common-sense demography, based on over twenty years of proprietary demographic study, set him apart. Ken keynotes all over the United States and the world. His company does high value customized demographic research. You will find that Ken’s steadfast position, that the United States is the best nation on earth and his firm belief that the country’s best days are ahead, season his spirited presentations with an unmistakable pro-American enthusiasm. Ken is the author of the current best-selling book The Age Curve: How To Profit from the Coming Demographic Storm. His first book, Common Census, the Counter-Intuitive Guide to Generational Marketing, was released in 2005. Ken’s 2011 book Decades of Differences: Making it Work is a comprehensive guide to coping with three generations in the workforce. Ken’s newest book, Upside: Profiting from the Profound Demographic Shifts Ahead, was published in April of 2017.

Come explore the common sense, easy to understand, counter-intuitive and very fascinating realm of demography. Let Ken bring you into his world of counting people and accurately forecasting future markets. What products or services will fly or die? What nations are demographically doomed? What countries and continents are demographically positioned to excel? How will work forces change? Where is my best source of talent? Writing a post pandemic strategic plan? You need this information.

Adam Uhlman

Monday, May 2, 2022

Key Macro & Industry Trends

Adam Uhlman, Sensior Research Analyst and founding partner, Cleveland Research Company.

Adam Uhlman is a Senior Research Analyst and a founding Partner at Cleveland Research Company, one of the largest independent equity research firms in the U.S. Adam and his team provide institutional investors detailed company and industry research reports on the Industrial Distribution, Automotive, and Machinery sectors. Regular discussions with manufacturers, distributors, and end users across these industries has helped build Cleveland Research’s reputation as a leading industry expert across four sectors – Industrial, Consumer, Technology, and Healthcare. Prior to Cleveland Research, Adam was a senior equity research analyst and associate from 2002-2006 at FTN Midwest Research in Cleveland, Ohio. .

The presentation will include a broad overview of key economic trends facing the bearing & power transmission industry, and review the findings from Cleveland Research’s proprietary industry surveys of manufacturers and distributors. We will also provide a review and outlook of trends across multiple vertical end markets that are important to the BSA membership.

Alex Nette

Monday, May 2, 2022

A Practical Guide to Better Cybersecurity

Alex Nette, CEO and Co-Founder, Hive Systems

Alex helped start Hive Systems with his passion for cybersecurity and the role it plays in today’s interconnected world. He brings executive level expertise in the establishment and continuous improvement of preeminent cybersecurity programs and applies his work from various cybersecurity disciplines in a holistic approach that prioritizes organization’s operations. Alex has provided cybersecurity consulting for a decade to the public sector for federal, state, and local agencies, and in the private sector for a wide variety of industry segments.

His work has reduced the cybersecurity risk for Fortune 500 tech, financial, healthcare, consumer goods, and energy companies; in addition to the US Department of Justice, Peace Corps, US Federal Aviation Administration, and US House of Representatives. Alex also helped develop the cybersecurity curriculum for grade school students in the Commonwealth of Virginia, regularly speaks at conferences, and presents in the community to help anyone and everyone stay on top of cybersecurity.

Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Business from Virginia Tech and holds multiple industry certifications, including the CISSP and CISA.

You’ve seen the news about hackers causing millions of dollars in damage to companies, but how do you make sure you’re not next? Is buying a cybersecurity tool the right choice, or can your IT person help out? How do you keep your manufacturing line or supply chain secure - after all, they’re what keeps you in business? And do you need to spend a fortune to be safe? In this engaging presentation, we’ll go step-by-step on what makes a strong cybersecurity program. We'll cover your goals, discuss how to efficiently and effectively reduce IT risk, and examine some of the stories about when things go wrong so that you can stay ahead of hackers. So bring a pen and paper (or fully updated device) as we lay the foundation for reducing the number one risk to your company.

Justin Roff-Marsh

Monday, May 2, 2022

How to Compete with Low-Cost, Online Vendors

Justin Roff-Marsh, President, Ballistix

Justin Roff Marsh is the Founder of Ballistix, a sales management and marketing consultancy, specializing in the implementation and ongoing support. Ballistix builds sales and customer-service functions in keeping with the approach outlined in The Machine. Ballistix has teams in the USA and Australia, working on engagements all over the world.!

It's not just Amazon. To win at this game, you need scale. If you don't have - or can't rapidly achieve - scale, how do you compete? More details to follow.

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What They're saying

  • The BSA Convention offers the best opportunity for the leadership of distributors and manufacturers to grow their relationships and set strategy for mutual business growth. This year, attendance at the convention is a must for all of us, to be able to move forward and rekindle those relationships that have been compromised over the past year.

    – John Masek, Bearing Service Inc.

  • 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

  • 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.