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BSA 2010 annual convention to take ‘A Look Back to Step Ahead’

Glen Ellyn, IL -- Because there is nothing like shared past experience, including the impact of a grueling rec...


November 9, 2009
By MRO Magazine


Glen Ellyn, IL Because there is nothing like shared past experience, including the impact of a grueling recession and other economic realities to help us confront the next challenge, the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) 2010 Annual Convention, taking place May 1-4 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort and Spa, Naples, FL, has adopted the theme ‘A Look Back to Step Ahead’ as it looks ahead to new opportunities and markets in the recovering economy.


BSA believes there has never been a more important time for industry leaders to meet. Overall economic indicators continue to trend up and prospects for recovery within the industry are promising.



An independent study by the Freedonia Group LLC projects ball, roller and plain bearing demand in the US will expand 3.0% annually through 2013 to $10.6 billion. As economic news continues to develop, the most important question is: how prepared are you to leverage this growth?


The goal of the 2010 annual convention is to help attendees answer that question with a three-part presentation:


1. A panel of past industry leaders will provide the ‘Look Back’, discussing industry and economic lessons learned throughout the past 20 years, including their reflection on six different key topics of interest to the bearing industry.


Moderated by Bill Childers, president of North American Sales, Rexnord Industries LLC, manufacturer panelists will be from NSK Precision Americas/The Timken Corporation/Loctite Industrial Div. Henkel Technologies/Thomson Industries, Inc.; The Timken Corporation/Torrington; and Emerson Power Transmission.


Distributor panelists will represent Industrial Supplies Inc.; Motion Industries Inc.; and Applied Industrial Technologies/Associated Bearings Company.


Attendees will cast their honest and anonymous vote on audience response questions, facilitated by rapid-response electronics that will instantly reveal onscreen distributor and manufacturer responses as categories, not individuals.


2. Mike Arnold, executive vice-president and president of the Bearings & Power Transmission Group at The Timken Company, and Bill Purser, president and COO of Applied Industrial Technologies, will present the Present Industry Overview, elaborating on the six key topics introduced by the Past Leaders Panel. Their analysis will shed light on how and why the bearing industry has evolved over the years, strictly focusing on what works and what doesn’t.


3. A Future Panel of current industry leaders, lead by moderator Jeff Ramras, vice-president of marketing and supply chain management, Applied Industrial Technologies, will address the results of the previous audience responses and bring the audience from the present to the future with their engaging and innovative opinions.


BSA believes that both distributor and manufacturer attendees will find this is the conversation they want to be a part of. When they learn what their industry past and future leaders are thinking, they will be ready to exceed those needs and expectations as well as their own and those of end users.


The 2010 Annual Convention will also offer important industry updates from the American Bearing Manufacturers Association (ABMA) and BSA, and the traditional Conference Tables Session featuring pre-scheduled and planned conferences between distributors and manufacturers designed to resolve issues of mutual concern.


BSA values — and welcomes — the participation of attendee spouses or companions at its Annual Convention. Experienced convention attendees tell us that their spouse is a valuable asset in helping them network and build relationships on a personal level. In many cases, the socializing among spouses leads to additional personal contacts among convention attendees.


Because spouses are important to BSA events, members and participating manufacturers who register with their spouse/companion for the 2010 Annual Convention save $50 on registration. Spouses are welcome at all annual convention events.


BSA’s 2010 annual convention committee is chaired by Peter and Kaye Negri, Jamaica Bearings Company Inc. Committee members are Eduardo and Rosy Bichara, Baleromex, S.A. de C.V.; Howard and Teresa Gainey, Bearings & Drives Inc.; Alfredo Bichara, Baleromex, S.A. de C.V.; and Bill and Laurie Childers, Rexnord Industries.


BSA is an international service and educational organization of distributors representing a total of almost 100 companies distributing factory-warranted ball-, roller-, and anti-friction bearings and invited manufacturers of bearings and related products.


For more information about the convention, visit the For more information on BSA, contact 630-858-3838; e-mail ;or visit the