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Get Ready to Recognize!




(October 2019) Are you ready to recognize?

The Awards and Personalization Association is dedicated to serving the people and companies that personalize a wide variety of products. When our association was founded in California in 1964, the focus was limited to companies that worked specifically with awards.

We’ve grown a lot in the intervening 55 years, becoming an international organization that embraces many more products, from apparel to signage, and a whole lot of technology that our founders couldn’t have imagined being part of the average retailer’s toolset.

Though our association has grown, we’ve never lost sight of the value of awards—and the importance of the recognition they represent. That’s one of many reasons that the Awards Celebration and our product contests are part of our International Awards & Personalization Expo, the largest trade show in the industry. The expo brings together literally thousands of personalization professionals. What better occasion to celebrate some of our industry’s best and brightest?

How can you add your voice, valuing the importance of recognition and honoring some deserving colleagues?

Share the ARIEF scholarship application at your company. The Awards and Recognition Industry Educational Foundation annually grants 10 scholarships to deserving students who are Awards and Personalization Association member company employees or the children or grandchildren of employees. When you share this application at your business, you give your coworkers a chance to offset the cost of higher education and you underscore the importance of honoring students’ hard work in school, on the sports field, and in the community. For an application, turn to page 54 or go to

Get tickets for the Awards Celebration when you register for the International Awards & Personalization Expo. The expo, slated for February 18–21, 2020, in Las Vegas, helps your business succeed. By attending the Awards Celebration, you’ll make new contacts, reconnect with old friends, learn from the industry’s best, and show your support of recognition in our industry and throughout the world. You also may discover a new passion for how meaningful recognition can be. Registration for the expo opens in October, but you can book your airfare and hotel now. Go to for more information.

Nominate deserving colleagues for Gold Obelisk awards. We’ll be seeking nominations for a range of prestigious awards that honor both companies and individuals. Spend a little time considering the best in our industry, whether it’s a supplier’s sales rep that makes your business better or a selfless association volunteer who has been making a big difference. Then, go to to find the correct categories to nominate them for consideration as Gold Obelisk award recipients.

Enter your products in our association’s product contests. The Retailer Product Contest and Supplier Product Contest give individuals and companies the opportunity to show off a little while inspiring their colleagues—and possibly earning a Clear Obelisk award. Take a look back at some of the work you’ve done this year to choose your standouts. You’ve still got time to borrow items from recipients or to re-create your work to bring to Las Vegas. Have a bit of downtime? Create something now that shows off your creativity and capabilities. Go to to learn more.

We’re an association of ridiculously talented people who are usually the behind the scenes when it comes to awarding talent. Once a year, we do it up right and shower a handful of industrious people with the kudos they so richly deserve. Why? Because what we do matters, and recognition inspires all of us. Take a few minutes now to ensure you’re part of something bigger than all of us.

Awards and Personalization Association

The Awards and Personalization Association is the organization for retailers and suppliers of personalized and customized items. By providing education, meetings, and access to a vibrant network of professionals, the Awards and Personalization Association is the one place to ensure the growth of your talent, your business, and your professional community.

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