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2018 International Awards & Personalization Expo  Feb, 20-23, Las Vegas
Special Events

Awards and Recognition Industry Education Foundation (ARIEF) Auction

Wednesday, February 21, 8 am–5:30 pm

Thursday, February 22, 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!

Business Bootcamp

Tuesday, February 20, 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!

Meet 'N' Greet

Wednesday, February 21, 1 pm

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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!

Totally '80s Afterparty!

Wednesday, February 21, 5–6:30 pm

Feather your hair, pop the collar on your acid-washed jean jacket, slide a Bruce Springsteen cassette into your Walkman, and prepare to rock—or to unwind and meet new people! Join your fellow attendees for drinks and snacks accompanied by the sounds of the 1980s. Let your hair down after the first day on the busy expo floor—mullets and side ponytails are optional.


Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 pm

Your table is ready; all you need to do is join your party! Visit Membership Central to add your name to the list for one of three local restaurants. We’ll take care of the reservations; you arrange your transportation and pay for your food and drinks. You’ll meet new people, discuss industry events, and enjoy a delicious dinner at a great restaurant. Networking never tasted so good.

Awards Gala Reception

Thursday, February 22, 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 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 23, 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 2017–2018 Board of Directors; and share the latest association news.

We’ll continue the celebration as Darren LaCroix, a past winner of the World Champion Public Speaking contest, shares how recognition changed his life. Infusing his story with power and humor, LaCroix will explain how he went from chump to champ.

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Learning Zones

APA learning zones 2017 intl expoGet 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

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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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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