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Most BSA activities are carried out by committees under the board's direction.

BSA members and participating manufacturers are encouraged to take an active role in the association by participating on these committees. Committee members are expected to attend committee meetings which are generally held three times per year – in the Fall (usually late September), in the Winter (usually in late January to early February) and at the Annual Convention.

If you are interested in joining a BSA Committee, click here for a Committee Preference Form

Today BSA's active committees and their purposes are:

Educational Services

Brian Davis, Bearings & Drives, Inc., Chairman
Tom Weihsmann,
Kaman Industrial Technologies Corp., Vice Chairman
Reid Jajko, NSK Americas, Manufacturer Liaison

To develop or identify and recommend educational materials which will enhance expertise in the industry. Oversees the development and implementation of the certification program to instill confidence that bearing specialists have the quality of knowledge and crtical skills necessary to provide effective service and solutions.


Long Range Convention Planning

Jack Simpson, Applied Industrial Technologies, Chairman
John Ruth, BDI, Vice Chairman
David Zoesch, Schaeffler Group, Manufacturer Liaison

To establish theme/subjects for the business program focus of future conventions beginning in 2000 with a commitment to producing a quality convention in line with the current format and mission statement.


Supply Chain Strategy & Technology

Rex Davis, Kaman Industrial Technologies, Chairman
Jim Scardina, Bearing Headquarters, Vice Chairman
Jennifer Belk, AMI Bearings, Inc., Manufacturer Liaison

To keep apprised of advancements and improvements in information technology and distributor supply chain efficiencies and develop, as may be appropriate, specific recommendations for them. This committee also supports the Association by recommending programs that will enhance knowledge, disseminate information, and improve efficiencies in the distributor supply chain. 


Distributor/Manufacturer Relations

Bill Shepard, BDI, Chairman
Kevin Storer, Motion Industries, Vice Chairman
Marc Dickison, Koyo Bearings North America, Manufacturer Liaison

To enhance the relationship between distributor and manufacturer and in so doing enhance their image to the customer.  Inherent in this purpose is the long-term viability and value of BSA.


Past Presidents Council

Brian Negri, Jamaica Bearings Company, Chairman

To promote BSA membership to qualified non-member bearing distributors; to identify and invite to the Annual Convention, appropriate manufacturer personnel; to identify and nominate officers and members to serve on the BSA Board of Directors; and to identify and recommend sites for future BSA Conventions.


Convention Committee

Steve Durston, Jamaica Bearings, 2016 Convention Chairman

The Convention Committee shall, under the supervision of the Board of Directors and the President of the Association, develop the program of events and activities for the BSA Annual Convention. It shall present to the Board of Directors a general outline of Convention programs. The Committee shall also be responsible for all arrangements for the Annual Convention, and shall act to ensure that a balanced budget is maintained and that deficit spending is avoided. BSA staff shall negotiate and conclude all contractual arrangements pertaining to annual convention.

Task Forces

Task Forces are formed as needed to carry out objectives of BSA's Strategic Plan.

Marketing Task Force

John Ruth, BDI, Chairman


If you are interested in joining a BSA Committee, click here for a Committee Preference Form.