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Distributor's Link Magazine Summer 2018 / Vol 41 No3


148 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK SOUTHWESTERN FASTENER ASSOCIATION 292 Sugarberry Circle, Houston, TX 77024 TEL 713-952-5472 FAX 713-952-7488 EMAIL WEB SFA SCHEDULES FALL EVENTS by John Elsner The Southwestern Fastener Association has scheduled their Fall Networking Parties for November 13 in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. The theme will be focused on assisting the various Food Banks in the area as they approach the Thanksgiving Holiday Season. Following a successful launch in 2017, a second Holiday Party is scheduled for Houston, Texas on Tuesday, December 4. The cost to attend will be an unwrapped toy that will be given to a local organization that focuses on assisting under privileged families in having a happy Christmas Holiday. Specific locations for each event will be announced in the Summer SFA Newsletter. SFA recently concluded the 2018 Spring Conference and Expo at the The Westin DFW Airport Hotel in Irving, Texas. The conference featured several networking opportunities. The first being a welcome reception on Wednesday evening, May 2. Thunderstorms danced around the DFW Airport during the Thursday morning conference program on Cyber Security, presented by Mr. Peter Gailey, a Cyber Security expert that gave attendees an insight on methods to protect their proprietary information from the many cyber attacks that members have experienced and ones that we have read or heard about in the news. It was touch and go on getting the golf outing in at Tour 18 as heavy thunderstorms continued to move through the DFW area Thursday morning. The forty-one golf participants came out on the right side as the Sun came out and even though the course played cart path only had an enjoyable afternoon on the links. The Team of Bobby Salome, El Paso Bolt & Screw; David Morgan, Vertex Distribution; Kevin Chavis, Star Stainless Screw and Dave Kujanek, Vertex Distribution shot an 8 under 64 to capture first place. Second place finishers were the team of Rusty Wicks, All-Spec Sales; Rene Gutierrez, Bolts & Nuts El Paso; Don Kubkowske, Sems and Specials and Mike Kanaval, Sems and Specials carded a 4 under 68 to come in second. Heavy thunderstorms continued to ASSOCIATION ARTICLE FIRST PLACE WINNERS plague the DFW area on Friday, May 4. The conference program kicked off with an informative panel discussion Moderated by Baron Yarborough, Spring Bolt and Nut and President of the YFP titled “The Past, Present and Future.” Panel participants were Tricia Dyer, All America Threaded Products, Jake Davis, BTM Manufacturing and John Longyear, Metric and Multistandard. SECOND PLACE CONTINUED ON PAGE 149

SFA SPING CONFERENCE & GOLF OUTING DALLAS, TX - MAY 2-4, 2018 more photos on page 177 SFA SFA SCHEDULES FALL EVENT from page 148 The impact on U.S. Tariffs was one of the topics that garnered a lot of attention from the panel. All panel members agreed that they were seeing a hike in Steel Prices as a result of the Tariffs. The panel discussed the changes that have taken place in the fastener industry over the last fifty years. Longyear recalled that “that there was no online” when he started in the industry in 1972. “Nobody had computers. You ran back and forth in the warehouse and physically looked at shelves for inventory”, noted Longyear. The panel discussed the consolidation that has happened in the industry and Jake Davis noted the “recalling the Mom & Pop history of the industry, we just have to pivot to stay in business. An advantage of consolidation is that the fear of consolidation should make us better. Mine Yucel, Federal Reserve Board-Dallas followed with an Economic Forecast the future trends we can expect for energy industry in the Southwest. Her main point was that as long as crude oil prices remain above a barrel we will see and expansion in the Energy Industry. Following Ms. Yucel’s presentation, a Deli Lunch Buffet was served prior to the opening of the Expo at 12:30 p.m. The Expo closed out the 2018 SFA Conference at 4:00 P.M. SFA Welcomes New Members Midland Metal MFG., 3145 Oak Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64111, Brett Powell, National Sales Manager. Phone: 800.821.5725; Fax: 800.877.5391. email: All America Threaded Products, 4661 Monaco Street, Denver, Colorado 80216. Tricia Dyer represents All America in the Southwest. Phone: 346.201.4720. Fax: 303.355.1499. Cell: 832.799.9494. email: tdyer@ EDSCO Fasteners LLC, 2200 Worthington Dr.., Denton, Texas 76207. Mike Delesandri, Director of Business Development, represents EDSCO. Phone: 940.380.8000. Fax: Finally, 2018 scholarship applications are currently being graded by the SFA Board of Directors and 2018 Winners will be announced in the Summer Newsletter. For additional information about the SFA, contact John Elsner, Executive Director, 292 Sugarberry Circle, Houston, Texas, 77024. Phone: 713.952.5472, Fax: 713.952.7488; email: SOUTHWESTERN FASTENER ASSOCIATION


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