BSA Taps Association Leadership for 2010 convention panels.

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BSA leaders, past and present, have committed to participating in panels to look at the past, present, and future of the industry at BSA's (Bearing Specialists Association) 2010 Annual Convention. Taking place May 1-4 in Naples, FL, convention will also offer industry updates from ABMA and BSA, presentation on counterfeit bearings, as well as traditional Conference Tables Session featuring pre-scheduled and planned conferences between distributors and manufacturers.

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BSA Taps Association Leadership for Industry Panels

Glen Ellyn, Il-When the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) convenes its 2010 Annual Convention May 1-4 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, attendees will get the benefit of years of industry expertise from BSA leaders past and present who have committed to participating in a group of panels to look at the past, present and future of the industry.

On Sunday, a panel of past industry leaders, led by moderator Bill Childers, President of North American Sales, Rexnord Industries, LLC , will provide the "Look Back,"
discussing industry and economic lessons learned throughout the past twenty years, including their reflection on six different key topics of interest to the bearing industry. Manufacturer Panelists will be Gus Kontonickas, NSK Precision Americas/The Timken Corporation/Loctite Industrial Div. Henkel Technologies/Thomson Industries, Inc.; Jamie Martin, The Timken Corporation/Torrington; and Gene Yarussi, Emerson Power Transmission. Distributor Panelists will be Lathrop Smith, Industrial Supplies, Inc.; Tom Miller, Motion Industries, Inc.; and Tom Brown, Applied Industrial Technologies/Associated Bearings Company.

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

Also on Sunday, Mike Arnold, Executive Vice President & President of the Bearings & Power Transmission Group at The Timken Company, and Bill Purser, President & 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.

On Monday morning, a Future Panel of current industry leaders, lead by moderator Jeff Ramras, Vice President of Marketing & Supply Chain Management, Applied Industrial Technologies, will address the results of Sunday's immediate audience responses and bring the audience from the present to the future with their engaging and innovative opinions. Manufacturer panelists will be Michael Cinquemani, Baldor-Dodge-Reliance; Don Poland, SKF Service Division; and Chris Curran, Climax Metal Products Company. Distributor panelists will be Rex Davis, IBT, Inc.; Mitch Bouchard, General Bearing Services Inc.; and Carl James, BDI.

BSA believes that both distributor and manufacturer attendees will find this is the conversation they want to be a part of as they navigate their company's way out of the recession and into a more prosperous future. When you learn what your industry past and future leaders are thinking, you will be ready to exceed their needs and expectations as well as yours and those of the end-user.

The 2010 Annual Convention will also offer important industry updates from ABMA and BSA, an interesting and timely presentation on counterfeit bearings based on real-world experience, and the traditional Conference Tables Session featuring pre-scheduled and planned conferences between distributors and manufacturers designed to resolve issues of mutual concern.

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 ball-, roller-, and 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 about the BSA 2010 Annual Convention and/or to register, please visit the convention website, For more information on BSA contact the BSA office at (630) 858-3838; fax (630) 790-3095; email or visit the association website at

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