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American Fence Association
800 Roosevelt Rd., Bldg C-312 in Glen Ellyn, Illinois 60137 - Telephone: 800-822-4342; 630-942-6598 FAX: 630.790.3095

March 28, 2009


Fence Professionals Honored During FENCETECH’09

The fence industry’s top professionals were recognized for excellence recently during the American Fence Association’s annual award ceremony at FENCETECH’09 in New Orleans, LA.

The New York/Long Island chapter of the American Fence Association swept up the Chapter of the Year and Yearbook of the Year awards.

Initiated in 2005, the NYLI chapter has already grown to over 70 members. The board of directors hosts regular meetings with educational speakers along with activities. Insisting on a high standards of its members, many have achieved the Certified Fence Professional designation, which is one of the highest certifications a contractor can attain in the fence industry.

The chapter was initially surprised when they heard the announcement. “We were shocked, especially since we had gone up against bigger chapters,” Kenneth Piil, president of the chapter, said. “We all put a lot of time and effort into our commitment to the fence, deck and railing industry with quality meetings and conducting a lot of community service projects. We’re here to give back to our community and industry. I couldn’t be more proud of this chapter’s accomplishments.”

Additionally, the New York/Long Island chapter took home the prize for Yearbook of the Year, which is presented to the chapter that most actively promotes the association and fence industry in its district throughout the entire year, and records their events in a yearbook.

“Our Yearbook this year was quite impressive,” Piil stated. “We’ve worked on a lot of projects and events as a chapter, and learning we had won the award was overwhelming.”

AFA President Lynn Hayworth CFP and Phillip Doyle - AFA’s Ambassador Award

AFA President Lynn Hayworth CFP and Hal Mante - Fence Contractor of the Year award

New York/Long Island Chapter - Chapter of the year

Sunnyvale Fence & Ironworks - AFA’s Fence Project of the Year award

AFA’s Distinguished Service Award is considered the utmost honor for contributions to the fence industry and is given to the individual who has exemplified high standards of ethics and excellence. This year, the award was presented to Danny Jones of Security Industries Inc

“I was absolutely astounded,” Jones said. “I attribute any and all of our success to the quality of people who work here,” he said.

Jones, a member of the Greater Chicago chapter, began his own company in 2003, and has added to the fence profession by focusing on safety, consciousness and quality-driven work. He serves as a member on several industry boards for the American Fence Association

Phillip Doyle, CFP, CAGOI, of Volunteer Fence & Access Control, LLC in Jackson, TN received AFA’s Ambassador Award.

“I was very humbled to just be nominated, let alone selected for the award,” Doyle stated. “I’m just very appreciative that over my time with the association, someone was gracious enough to feel like I have done a good enough job representing the association and its values.”

The Ambassador Award recipient is someone who has devoted countless hours of time and energy to AFA while protecting and advancing the name, reputation, and ideals of the association. Doyle is a past president of AFA, a member of the Marketing Committee, and also helped create Operator Installer School. He also was instrumental in developing the “One Voice, Many Benefit” advertising campaign and overseeing the formation of DeckWorld magazine.

AFA recognized American Fence Inc., in Whitehall, PA for its service to the industry on both a local and national level, based on the company’s character and integrity, with the Fence Contractor of the Year award.

“It’s a neat honor,” Hal Mante Jr., CFP, president and founder of American Fence said. “It was really amazing to stand up in front of our peers this year and be applauded for all of our hard work.”

Sunnyvale Fence & Ironworks of Forney, TX took away the AFA’s Fence Project of the Year award. The award is presented to the company that demonstrates unique workmanship and an exemplary understanding of fence installation.

The Grand Prairie Baseball Stadium project included fencing, railing for suites, ramp railing that is compliant with ADA standards, field gates and work on the main entry way.

“We were truly excited when we heard the news,” said David Gregg, project manager. “We worked non-stop to make sure the Airhogs were ready for opening day in May 2008!”

The prestigious AFA President’s Award, presented by AFA past president Kent Bailey was given this year to Steven Bius, CFP. Bius, of West Memphis Fence in West Memphis, AR, is also a past president of the Association.

“I was completely taken by surprise,” Bius said when asked his reaction when his name was announced. “I still don’t think I quite believe it!”

Bailey said, “Steven is an exemplary role model to those of us in the fence, deck, and railing industry. He has put in countless hours of energy to promoting the association and the industry as a whole. I could think of no person who deserves this award more than Steven.”

Bius said, “It was a very humbling experience, and I’m so honored that I was selected for this prestigious award.”

To nominate an outstanding fence, deck, or railing professional for next year’s awards ceremony, look for the award nomination form in the September/October edition of Fencepost. Awards will be bestowed during FENCETECH’10 in Orlando, FL, February 17 – 19.

AFA is the world’s largest fence, deck, and railing association, serving thousands of members throughout the United States and around the world. The association offers members professional development seminars in fence products, service, installation, and ethical business practices as well as a professional certification program. FENCETECH, AFA’s annual trade show, has recently been named one of the Fastest 50 growing trade shows in the country.

For more information about the American Fence Association, visit the Web site at www.AmericanFenceAssociation.com, or call (800) 822-4342.