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BSA knows, “Relationships Matter”

Glen Ellyn, IL—The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) builds relationships; they are not only the core of BSA, but the theme of the 2015 Annual Convention: Relationships Matter. BSA’s 49th Annual Convention will be held May 2-5 at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in Amelia Island Florida.

The Annual Convention brings together the top leadership of only authorized bearing distributors and bearing manufacturers and offers unparalleled opportunities to grow successful relationships with trusted supply chain partners. In doing so, the association fosters essential industry relationships and the opportunity to shape the future of the bearing industry. The business program will examine how relationships are the core to successful long-term partnerships. It will also consider some new technologies, their impact on how we go to market and the importance relationships have on successful implementation of new technologies.

• “Relationships Matter” Presentations will include:3D Printing - Separating the Myths from the Marketing- From 3D printed guns to 3D printed organs, 3D printing is dominating headlines while raising awareness and demand for manufacturing. But, is this hype justified? What are the hard questions the reporters aren't asking? Join Bryce Pfanenstiel of FORGE 3D Printing, as he explains the current state of this technology and if it can save you time and money.

• Update on BSA Strategic Plan- The August 2013 Stategic Planning Meeting resulted in four stategies: expand membership, enhance convention content and leverage member strengths in delivering content, develop brand stategy and increase participation. This session will review some of BSA on-going projects to address these initiatives such as BSA Branding, BSA Training, HR Forum, and digitizing of BSA Photo Inventory.

• Teamwork: Power of Partnership- The Passing Zone is a comedy duo who not only work together - their safety is in each other's hands! Every moment of this presentation is a clear example of collaboration between two people who have prepared, and rely on each other's strengths, who communicate, trust, and have fun cooperating.

• Dynamics of Global Relationships- Presenters include Mr. Richard Kyle, President and CEO, The Timken Company; Mr. Masahide Matsubara, Director Executive Vice President, NSK Ltd.; Mr. Tom Johnstone, recently Retired President & CEO, SKF. The planning committee invited three prominent industry leaders to talk about how relationships play a role today, tomorrow and in the future and identify keys to beneficial relationships and pitfalls.

• The Future of Distribution Panel- The panel will be moderated by Mr. Peter Negri, BSA Past President, CEO, Jamaica Bearings, Inc. A frank discussion about the current state of distribution, current trends and notions for the future.

Panelists include the following executives from distributor and manufacturer companies:

- Carl James, Chairmen, President and CEO, BDI
- Steve Smidler, President, Kaman Industrial Technologies Corporation
- Masahide Matsubara, Director, Executive Vice President, NSK Ltd
- Tom Johnstone, Retired President and CEO, SKF
- Richard Kyle, President and CEO, The Timken Company

The key take away for convention attendees is to appreciate and utilize the value of industry relationships for their companies and the entire industry.

This relationship focused programming is, however, just the beginning. Important updates from BSA and ABMA on the state of the industry and BSA’s Conference Table Session which encourages distributors and manufacturers to build problem-solving relationships are also scheduled. This is business programming not to be missed! 

Additional programming details are available at the website, and attendees are encouraged to register now.

BSA is the “must belong to organization for authorized bearing distributors.” An international service and educational organization of distributors representing a total of almost 100 companies distributing factory-warranted, anti-friction bearings and invited manufacturers of bearings and related products, the association’s mission says, “BSA is the forum to enhance networking and knowledge sharing and promote the sale of bearings through authorized distributors.” For more information on BSA, contact the BSA office at (630) 858-3838; fax (630) 790-3095; email or visit the association website at

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