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APA 2019 Intl Expo special events
Special Events

Awards and Recognition Industry Education Foundation (ARIEF) Auction

Wednesday, February 13, 8 am–5:30 pm

Thursday, February 14, 8 am–5:00 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 in the 2000 Expo Hall and support education, scholarship, and industry-specific research!

Business Bootcamp

Tuesday, February 12, 8 am–5 pm

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


Learning Lounge

Get quick, expert advice right on the expo floor. Stop by our NEW 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.

Meet 'N' Greet

Wednesday, February 13, 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. Stop in at the Meet ‘n Greet on Wednesday or Thursday at 1 pm and benefit from all that the Expo has to offer!

Viva Las Vegas After-Party!

Wednesday, February 13, 5–6:30 pm

When the expo floor closes on Wednesday, the fun is far from over! Join us for the Viva Las Vegas After-Party with music, friends, drinks, and food. Rat Pack suits and sequined jumpsuits are optional for this swinging good time!


Dine-Around Networking

Tuesday, February 12, 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 Membership Central to add your name to the list for one of three local restaurants. Networking never tasted so good.

Awards Celebration

Thursday, February 14, 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!

Visit to nominate a colleague for a Gold Obelisk award.

Awards and Personalization Association Member Breakfast and Annual Meeting

Friday, February 15, 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 2019–2020 Board of Directors; and share the latest association news.

We’ll continue the celebration with Dr. Joel Tiemeyer, an inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, and a pastor in Sulphur Springs, TX, who will share the importance of passion, finding yours, and inspiring others.

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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.

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