Register now for BSA 2013 Annual Convention


Glen Ellyn, IL—Registration is open for the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) 2013 Annual Convention May 4-7 at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa in Hilton Head, South Carolina. “We’re All in This to Win” features an outstanding lineup of speakers selected to help attendees move their companies to the winners circle in the recovering economy. The BSA Annual Convention is the only industry event that brings together the top leadership of authorized bearing distributors and manufacturers. As such, it offers unparalleled networking opportunities along with a business program tailored for the industry leadership who attend.


The 2013 business program will address winning strategies that meet customer needs. Speakers include Dr. Bruce Yandle, Professor of Economics Emeritus, Clemson University, and Dean Emeritus of Clemson’s College of Business & Behavioral Science, on expectations in the recovering economy and the road ahead; Lt. Col. Rob “Waldo” Waldman, founder and president of The Patriot Group, a graduate of the Air Force Academy, and a highly decorated F-16 fighter pilot with more than 65 combat missions in Iraq and Serbia, on Top Gun Leadership; Eric Chester, author, speaker and founder of the Center for Work Ethic Development and the premier expert on Generation Y, on finding the right personnel; and Terry Bowden, former National Coach of the Year, one of college football’s leading television and radio personalities, and a dynamic motivational speaker. Also on the schedule, industry updates and BSA’s Conference Table Session which encourages distributors and manufacturers to build problem-solving relationships. Complete convention details are available at the 2013 Annual Convention website,

In addition to the challenging business program and networking, the event location at the Westin Hilton Head Island Resort and Spa offers attendees a relaxing taste of low-country living as well as access to golf, tennis and water sport facilities and luxurious spa amenities.

Members of the BSA 2013 Convention Planning Committee are Andy Nations, Bearings and Drives, Inc., Chairman, and Carolyn Nations; Wally Budzielek, AMI Bearings. Inc., and Carla Budzielek; Linda Miller, Bearings and Drives, Inc.; Mike Ketchel, Erie Bearings Company, and Sue Ketchel; Steve Smidler, Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp., and Cindy Smidler; and Ken Hopkins, Koyo, and Bonnie Hopkins.

BSA is the “must belong to organization for authorized bearing distributors.” An international service and educational organization of distributors representing a total of almost 100 companies distributing factory-warranted, anti-friction bearings and invited manufacturers of bearings and related products, the association’s mission says, “BSA is the forum to enhance networking and knowledge sharing and promote the sale of bearings through authorized distributors.” For more information on BSA, contact the BSA office at (630) 858-3838; fax (630) 790-3095; email or visit the association website at


source: BSA