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Bearing Specialists Association invites ‘coaches’ to April annual meeting

Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has invited leading experts to to its 2004 Annual C...


January 5, 2004
By MRO Magazine

Ft. Lauderdale, FL — The Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) has invited leading experts to to its 2004 Annual Convention to “coach” delegates on three of today’s toughest business topics – the economy, sales and leadership.

The meeting, scheduled for April 24-27, 2004, at Marriott’s Harbor Beach Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., also will feature a special Canadian event on April 24. The theme of the convention is “Experience the Influence.”

The invited keynote speakers are: Thomas J. Winninger, founder of the Winninger Institute for Market Strategy and author of the best selling books, Price Wars, Hiring Smart, Sell Easy and Full Price; Jim Pancero, an authority on sales and sales management whose programs focus on innovative, cutting-edge selling processes and strategies for the new global marketplace; and John Cassis, who brings real life examples to his audiences by sharing his experiences as a professional baseball player with the California Angels, 12 years as a pre-game speaker for the Chicago Bears, as well as his current aspirations of taking on the Senior Tour as a scratch golfer. His humorous, inspirational presentations encourage people to face adversity, embrace change, and meet the daily pressures of modem life head on.

Sten Malmstrom, president SKF USA, will return to the annual convention in 2004 to offer an update from the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA). Attendees will also hear from NAW/NAM (national associations of warehousing and manufacturing) speakers on continuing efforts to protect the future of manufacturing in America.


In addition to the schedule of speakers, the convention will once again feature a working session of conference tables. These prescheduled, one-on-one meetings between distributors and manufacturers were enhanced in 2003 with advance on-line registration, which will also be available early in 2004 for the this year’s sessions. Attendees on both sides of the conference table found that prescheduling the meetings allowed them to prepare for meetings in advance and, therefore, get more value from the time they spend together.

As always, the convention schedule encourages attendees to maximize their participation with a host of informal networking opportunities at social and sporting events, including golf and tennis tournaments and the closing dinner dance.

Convention details and registration information are available at the BSA convention website,

Members of the 2004 BSA Convention Committee are Jeff and Jennifer Ramras, Applied Industrial Technologies; Cam and Elaine Lawrence, BDI-Canada, Inc.; Jamie and Lindy Martin, The Timken Corporation; and Doug and Janie Savage, Bearing Service, Inc.

BSA is an international service and educational organization of distributors, representing more than 70 companies distributing factory-warranted ball-, roller-, and anti-friction bearings. For more information on association, contact the BSA office at 630-858-3838; fax 630-790-3095; e-mail or visit the website at