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BSA convention starts Saturday in Vancouver

Vancouver, BC -- The Bearings Specialists Association (BSA) hosts its annual convention May 14-17, 2005, at the Fai...


May 11, 2005
By MRO Magazine

Vancouver, BC — The Bearings Specialists Association (BSA) hosts its annual convention May 14-17, 2005, at the Fairmont Vancouver Hotel in Vancouver, B.C.

BSA is an international service and educational organization of distributors, representing more than 70 companies distributing factory-warranted ball-, roller-, and anti-friction bearings.

The convention programming is closely tied to the association’s recently adopted Strategic Plan, which identifies BSA as “the forum to enhance networking, knowledge sharing, and to promote the sale of bearings through authorized distributors.”

The convention business program will assemble distribution and manufacturing leaders to focus on the issues driving the bearing industry today.


Scott Benfield of Benfield Consulting, will report on his research into the world bearing marketplace and the impact of globalization on the industry. Benfield is a seasoned consultant for industrial markets with over two decades of experience with Fortune-rated manufacturers and top U.S. distributors in managerial and executive capacities. His experience includes positions with Emerson Electric, The Kohler Company, Ferguson Enterprises and Columbia Pipe of Chicago. He has practical experience at all levels of the industrial channel including manufacturing, manufacturer’s representative, and distribution.

The business program will also include Constance Holmes of the National Mining Association (NMA). She has held various positions with National Coal Association (NCA — NMA’s predecessor) and then NMA, including vice-president, international trade; executive director, Coal Exporters Association; and senior vice-president, policy analysis. Holmes has a degree in business (finance) from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., and has done graduate work in economics and business at George Washington University. She received her MBA in global management from the University of Phoenix in January. NMA is the voice of the American mining industry in Washington, D.C.

BSA will continue the tradition of welcoming leading representatives from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors (NAW) and the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA) to provide updates to BSA attendees. The will participate, along with Holmes, in a panel moderated by Benfield.

Once again the BSA Conference Tables Session will offer the opportunity for manufacturing and distribution leaders to meet one-on-one in informal sessions to discuss issues of mutual interest. The focus is on problem resolution rather than discussion.

As well, golf and tennis events, receptions and dinners will offer an opportunity to mee new and old industry allies.

The complete schedule is online at

Members of the 2005 BSA convention committee are Craig and Diane Gipson, Gipson Bearing & Supply Co.; Thomas and Pam Miller, Motion Industries, Inc.; Jim and Linn Little, NTN Bearing Corp. of America; Stephen and Lynne Durston, Jamaica Bearings Co. Inc.; Steven Sivo, Bearings Manufacturing Co.; and Farrokh Khalili, Canadian Bearings Ltd., Mississauga, Ont.

For more information on BSA, call 630-858-3838; e-mail or visit