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Business Bootcamp

Tuesday, February 18, 8 am–5 pm

Learn the fundamentals of running a successful business in the awards and personalization industry through Business Bootcamp! In this focused 8-hour session, you'll learn from experienced industry experts who will provide you with practical and actionable information to strengthen your business.


Dine-Around Networking

Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 pm

Your table is ready!  Join the party and meet new people, discuss industry events, and enjoy a delicious dinner at a great restaurant. We'll take care of the reservation; you just have to get there and cover your food and drinks. Visit the Welcome Center to add your name to the list for one of three local restaurants. Networking never tasted so good.

Awards and Recognition Industry Education Foundation (ARIEF) Auction

Wednesday, February 19, 8 am–4:30 pm

Thursday, February 20, 8 am–4:30 pm

Are you ready to have fun and give back? The ARIEF Silent Auction provides you the opportunity to do both. Place your bid on industry equipment and products, electronics, sporting items, and more - all donated by association members. These hot items are just waiting for you to make a bid and support ARIEF’s efforts. Visit the auction to support education, scholarship, and industry-specific research.


Welcome First Time Attendees

Wednesday, February 19, 1 pm

Is this your first time at the International Awards & Personalization Expo? Or, are you a new member? Welcome! Join us and learn tips and tricks from friendly industry veterans who will help you make the most of your time at the industry’s largest event. We'll answer questions, introduce you to exhibitors, and guide you to can't-miss events.



A Night in Paris: After-Hours Party

Wednesday, February 19, 4:30–6 pm

When the expo floor closes on Wednesday, the fun is far from over. Join us for the After-Hours Party with music, friends, drinks, and food.


Awards Celebration

Thursday, February 20, 6–7:30 pm

APA 2017 intl expo awards galaShine 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 and Clear Obelisk award recipients with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. Make sure to order tickets when you register.

Nominate a colleague for a Gold Obelisk award


Member Breakfast and Annual Meeting

Friday, February 21, 8–9:30 am

All members are invited to join us for breakfast as we 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 2020–2021 Board of Directors; and share the latest association news.

Steve Thomas

Keynote Speaker Steve Thomas

We are excited to have Steve Thomas as our keynote speaker for the member breakfast. Steve has worked in leadership development for more than 30 years. Today, he lives in Springfield, Illinois and travels the U.S. leading powerful discussions that help people and organizations grow and improve vigorously.

When he's not speaking to a group, you'll find Steve coaching high school athletes. His non-profit, Real-Champion Sports, offers leadership and character development training for coaches and athletes that goes far beyond the game.


New Product Showcase

APA 2017 intlexpo new product showcaseThe International Awards & Personalization Expo is THE place where new products are debuted. Plan time to window shop at the New Product Showcases.






Learning Lounge

Get quick, expert advice right on the expo floor. Stop by our Learning Lounge for a unique educational opportunity. You'll pick up tips and tricks as well as important industry knowledge during these 30 minute sessions.

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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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