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Opportunities for Recognition

The Association recognizes the contributions, hard work, and creativity of our awards and personalization community through industry awards and product contest awards. The award recipients are selected by their peers, and the awards provide a testament of the recipients’ work in providing innovative products or high-quality service to their customers.

The awards will be presented during the International Awards & Personalization Expo in Paris Las Vegas on February 23–26, 2021.

Industry Awards: Gold Obelisk

The prestigious Gold Obelisk awards are bestowed upon individuals who contribute to the success of the awards and personalization community. Association members can nominate candidates for the following industry awards:

  1. Founders Award
  2. Hall of Fame Award
  3. Speaker of the Year Award
  4. Volunteer of the Year Award
  5. Customer Service Representative of the Year Award
  6. Outside Sales Representative of the Year Award
  7. Small Business Retailer of the Year Award
  8. Large Business Retailer of the Year Award
  9. Supplier of the Year Award–Multiple Locations
  10. Supplier of the Year Award–Single Location

Read More About Industry Awards

2019–2020 Gold Obelisk Award Recipients

Product Contests: Clear Obelisk

The product contests are where retailer and supplier members can show off! You can submit your best products for a variety of different categories and your industry peers will vote for the winners at the International Expo. The product contest categories include:

Retailer Product Contest

  1. Best Award or Product featuring Full Color Printing
  2. Best Award or Product featuring Engraving or Sandblasting
  3. Best Signage
  4. Most Creative
  5. Best Decorated Apparel
  6. Best Retailer Website

Supplier Product Contest

  1. Best New Product–Signage Component
  2. Best New Product–Award
  3. Best New Product–Most Creative
  4. Best New Product–Apparel
  5. Best New Product–Markable Material
  6. Best New Supplier Catalog
  7. Best New Supplier Master Components Catalog
  8. Best New Supplier Retail Marketing Tools
  9. Best Supplier Website

Read More About Product Contests

For more information on our awards programs, contact Liz Giannini at

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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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