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BSA’s 2011 annual convention to celebrate 45th year

Glen Ellyn, IL -- In 2011, the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) will celebrate 45 years of successfully b...

Glen Ellyn, IL — In 2011, the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) will celebrate 45 years of successfully bringing together the top level executives of what is now a $5.6-billion bearing industry in an annual convention designed for networking and knowledge sharing.

The association’s 2011 Annual Convention, with the theme ‘Growing Together: 45 Years Strong’, is planned for April 29-May 3 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines in Lost Pines (Austin), Texas.

Despite a variety of economic and business challenges – including those of the recent recovering economy – BSA has continued to deliver networking and problem solving within the bearing industry. In fact both the 2010 Annual Convention and the 2010 Fall Meeting set new attendance standards. BSA anticipates the same response to the 2011 Annual Convention.

Convention planning is well under way for business programs and social events to develop and enhance the industry-specific relationships that are the basis for BSA. As always, the annual event will feature important industry updates from ABMA and BSA, and the traditional Conference Tables Session, which features pre-scheduled and planned conferences between distributors and manufacturers designed to resolve issues of mutual concern.

The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, located along the Colorado River, is just 32 km from Austin, TX, offering luxury accommodations, ample outdoor recreation and complimentary children’s activities. Lost Pines is a Four Diamond resort located in a rugged, historic Texas setting. Amenities range from Spa Django (named by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the Top 75 Hot New Spas) to zip-lining through McKinney Roughs Nature Park. The resort’s Wolfdancer Golf Club (ranked by Golfweek in its list of Top 100 Resort Courses) is just steps from the lobby entrance, making it very accessible for an extra round of golf. Many of the resort’s amenities are geared to family time, including the Crooked River Water Park, a variety of horseback riding options from Renegade Trailhead located on the resort property, and nightly campfires for roasting marshmallows. Additional activities as diverse as skeet shooting, rafting and kayaking on the Colorado River are also available.

Beyond the resort, the Austin area offers cultural, dining and sightseeing activities. Austin is known as ‘The Live Music Capital of the World’, with dozens of places to catch a show, as well as sample barbeque, and browse an eclectic array of shops and boutiques. As the state capital, it offers a rich history that dates to the mid 1800s. Austin’s arts scene starts with the nation’s largest university-owned collection and includes a creative community of designers, painters, sculptors, dancers, filmmakers and musicians.

BSA’s 2011 Annual Convention Committee is chaired by Richard and Rikki Shuster of Shuster Corp. Committee members are Ben and Jan Mondics, Applied Industrial Technologies; James and Sally Fitzpatrick, Bearings Specialty Company; Brian and Christie Negri, Jamaica Bearings Company Inc; Ellen and Hugh Holladay, Motion Industries Inc; Tony and Nikki Martell, NSK Corp.; and Donald and Diane Poland, SKF USA Inc.

For more information, contact the BSA office at 630-858-3838; e-mail or visit the association website at