Awards and Recognition Industry Education Foundation (ARIEF) Auction
Wednesday, February 8, 8 am–5:30 pm
Thursday, February 9, 8 am–5:30 pm
Ready to give back and have some fun? The ARIEF Silent Auction gives you the opportunity to do both! Bid on an auction item and help support all of ARIEF’s efforts. The Silent Auction includes beautiful, useful, and unique items donated by association members. These hot items are just waiting for you to make a bid! Visit the auction in the rotunda to support education, scholarship, and industry-specific research. The students will appreciate it!
The Power of Personalization Can Make You 10X Better
Wednesday, February 8, 9:40–9:58 am
Just before the Expo floor opens, Jon Goldman of Brand Launcher will introduce what believes is the “single biggest industry revitalization” during an 18-minute talk. He’ll introduce the Power of Personalization that can take you from surviving to thriving in today’s changing environment. Find out why it's 10x better. Goldman will discuss how our association’s recent name change can mean more money for you. Attendees will receive a special Personalization Pack!
Meet 'N' Greet
Wednesday, February 8, 11 am
Thursday, February 9, 11 am
Is this your first time at the International Awards & Personalization Expo? Or, are you a new member? We’d like to welcome you and help you make the most of your time at the industry’s largest event! Stop in at the Meet ‘n Greet on Wednesday or Thursday at 11 am where friendly industry veterans will be available to answer your questions, introduce you to exhibitors, and guide you to can’t-miss events. We want you to feel welcome and benefit from all that the Expo has to offer your business!
Wednesday, February 8, 5–6:30 pm
Round-up for some country-western fun after the expo floor closes! Debut your country-western attire—boots and hats are encouraged at this hoedown! We’ll provide the drinks and grub while you visit with new and old friends alike.
Awards Gala Reception
Thursday, February 9, 6–7:30 pm
Shine a spotlight on the industry’s best and brightest! This event honors those who have demonstrated immeasurable dedication to the industry and our association. Join us for a fun night as we celebrate the Gold Obelisk award recipients with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Make sure to order tickets when you register!
Visit www.AwardsPersonalization.org to nominate a colleague for a Gold Obelisk award.
Awards and Personalization Association Member Breakfast and Annual Meeting
Friday, February 10, 8–9:30 am
All association members are invited to join us for breakfast as we honor and celebrate the Retail and Supplier Product Contest winners; recognize members who’ve worked hard to earn their Certified Recognition Specialist and Certified Recognition Master designations; install the 2016–2017 Board of Directors; and share the latest association news.
We’ll continue the celebration as former University of Tennessee football star Inky Johnson inspires us to take on the world! Johnson’s energy and message is so moving that one of his presentations has been labeled “The Best Motivational Speech Ever” on YouTube. Sharing his relentless determination, Johnson will have you fixed to your seat and ready to take on life’s challenges for years to come.
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Get quick, expert advice right on the expo floor. Stop by participating exhibitors’ booths as they demonstrate tips and tricks in just 20 minutes. You’ll learn practical techniques to expand your business. Sessions are hosted from the comfort of suppliers’ exhibit spaces, giving them easy access to tools and materials so they can offer you detailed explanations of the processes they specialize in.
New Product Showcase
The International Awards & Personalization Expo is THE place where new products are debuted! Plan time to window shop at the New Product Showcases.