2014 RPI Annual Conference

Sunday, January 12, 2014 - Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 RPI Annual Conference - Register Today!

2014 RPI Annual Conference
In conjunction with the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI)
January 12-16, 2014

Mandalay Bay Hotel
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Join us for...

  • Industry’s largest gathering of Recognition, Incentive and Promotional constituents.
  • Beautiful Mandalay Bay Resort
  • New Date and Location / No conflict with other national conference.
  • Access to the Brand Expo, the industry’s most highly regarded incentive products showcase of over 250 of the top retail brands.

RPI Annual Conference Will Co-Locate with PPAI brand at Las Vegas in 2014

Recognition Professionals International and Promotional Products Association International (PPAI, www.ppai.org) have formed a strategic alliance, co-locating the RPI Annual Conference with PPAI at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, January 13-17, 2014.

The strategic alliance will bring both organizations together in support of RPI’s efforts to deliver access and education to its members interested in furthering their businesses through growth in the promotional products industry and PPAI’s ongoing efforts to educate qualified distributors, recruit new members and provide enhanced buyer education and awareness. RPI is pleased to announce that it will be the Education Sponsor for the PPAI Expo and Expo East Recognition Performance 2014; PPAI will play a key role in the delivery and growth of both RPI’s Accredited Educational Programing (Certified Recognition Professional Certification) and many non-accredited programs and educational opportunities.

Be sure to check back often for exciting event updates and important deadlines!

Silent Auction

If you would like to donate to the Silent Auction being held at the conference, please use the online or downloadable form below.
Form submission deadline: January 3, 2014.

Online Form | Downloadable Form (PDF)

Conference Rates

Register before the end of the year and SAVE BIG!

  Year End Rate
by Dec. 30, 2013
Regular Rate
RPI Member $695 $795
Non-Member Practitioner $845 $945
Non-Member Business Guest $945  $1,045


RPI 2014 Conference Schedule-at-a-Glance

As of December 30, 2013

Sunday, January 12, 2014

8:00am – 6:00pm CRP II: Strategic Planning & Measurement**

Monday, January 13, 2014

8:00am – 6:00pm CRP III: Recognition Management & Maintenance**

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

8:30am – 10:30am Recognition Fundamentals**
10:30am – 11:30am New Comers Coffee Session Hosted by RPI Past President’s & Current RPI Board
11:30am – 12:00pm RPI Conference Kick-Off Event
Join us for a breathtaking view of the Las Vegas Strip as we kick off the 2014 Conference with exciting industry updates atop the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
12:00pm – 2:00pm brand.Mixer Lunch Event
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Series 1

1A Five Things Recognition Professionals Can Learn from Successful Sales People
with Theresa Harkins, Inspirus, LLC

1B Bringing the Past to Life in the Future
with Tom Miller, President, Symbolist; Tyneeta Morris, Director, Human Resources, Greyhound

1C Measurement Approaches in Recognition *Updated* Previously listed as Session 4E.
with Megg Withinton, President, Aspect Market Intelligence

1D Revitalizing your program: how to avoid the cycle of Rinse. Repeat
with Rhonda Sunnarborg, Senior Business Analyst, MotivAction, and Matt Robb, Business Development Director, MotivAction

1E Ugh Factor: How to make marketing an essential part of your new recognition program's success
With Jason Thomson, Idealist, Writer, Photographer, Creative Mercenary

3:30pm – 3:45pm Break
3:45pm – 4:45pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Series 2

2A Linking Employee Recognition to Customer Service Scores
with Terry Byrnes, VP of Total Service, Caesars Entertainment

2B Recipe for Success: 7 Key Ingredients
with Dee Hansford, Owner, Dee Hansford Consulting

2C The New Age of Recognition
with Ryan Maddux, Marketing Program Manager, Wells Fargo, and Cheryl Miller, Marketing Program Manager, Wells Fargo

2D Recognition Restoration: Choosing the Right Technology Tools
with Tina Weede, President, USMotivation, and Dan Macadam, QuickMobile

2E Recognition Strategies in the Health Care Arena (Health Care Panel Presentation)
with Amy Hurley, Program Director, Recognition, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; Carole Erken, Human Resources Director, Kaiser Permanente; Gail Ann Rawlinson, Human Resource Advisor, Recognition Services, Alberta Health Services; JoAnn Grantham, Recognition Program Manager, the University of Michigan Health System; Melissa Minkow, Patient Experience Leader, pCare

4:45pm – 5:00pm Break
5:00pm – 7:00pm

New Product Pavilion & Reception

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

8:00am – 9:00am RPI Grab-n-Go Breakfast Station
9:00am – 9:45am Keynote Presentation, Tony Hsieh
10:15am – 11:15am

Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Series 3

3A Turbo-Charging Engagement AND ROI in Recognition and Rewards Programs
with Kimberly Abel, Employee Solutions Leader, Maritz Motivation Solutions, and Patrick Carpenter, VP, Great Game of Business

3B How a Small Company Gets Big Results from Internal Engagement Programs
with Sasha Grimm, Marketing Coordinator; Audra Lehnert, Marketing Coordinator; and Bridget Dahlgren, Marketing Coordinator, all with Crystal D

3C Leveraging Social Media for Employee Peer-to-Peer Recognition Programs
with Karey Stanley-Boyd, Senior Manager, Global Recognition Programs, TD Bank Group, and Steven Green, Founder & CEO, TemboSocial

3D Using Workforce Data and Analytics to Design Targeted Recognition Programs
with Stephen Wallmark, Founder & Principal, 3 Point Oh! LLC

3E Detoxify Your Workplace Using The 5 Languages of Appreciation
with Dr. Paul White, Author, Speaker, Consultant, 5 Languages of Appreciation at Work

11:15am – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 12:30pm

Concurrent Breakout Sessions: Series 4

4A The New New Communication Paradigm
with Paul Hebert, VP Solution Design, Symbolist

4B Take Your T.H.A.N.K.S. to the Bank: Why Employee Recognition and Engagement Matters
with Lisa Ryan, Chief Appreciation Strategist, Grategy, LLC

4C Does the Public Sector Need Recognition and Reward Programs?
with Roy Saunderson, Chief Learning Officer, Recognition Management Institute; Kim Slipetz-Comrie, Former Supervisor, Corporate Recognition & Rewards Team, City of Calgary; Barbara Ruddy, Manager, Process Management, Arizona Department of Economic Security; Gail Ann Rawlinson, Human Resource Advisor, Recognition Services, Alberta Health Services

4D The Wisdom of Crowds: Our Journey to Transform Culture and Performance Management with Social Recognition
with Corinne Selk, Organizational Development Specialist, IM Flash

4E Building Better Results Through Recognition **NEW SESSION** *Updated* Previously listed as Session 1C.
with Melissa Van Dyke, President, Incentive Research Foundation

4F 10 Critical Factors in Developing an effective Global Recognition Strategy **NEW SESSION**
with Beth Thornton, EVP of Business Development/Sales, O. C. Tanner Company; and Kevin Cronin, Director of Corporate Event Awards, O. C. Tanner Company

12:30pm – 2:00pm RPI Awards Luncheon & RPI Annual Business Meeting
with a Special Presentation from the 2013 Best Practice Award Winner
2:00pm – 5:00pm PPAI Brand Show
2:15pm – 4:15pm

Zappos Tour** (pre-registration required)

5:00pm – 6:30pm RPI Reception & Keynote Presentation, Dr. Paul White

Thursday, January 16, 2014

8:00am – 6:00pm CRP IV: Applying Recognition Systems**
8:15am – 10:15am Zappos Tour** (pre-registration required)
10:15am – 12:15pm Zappos Tour** (pre-registration required)

** Session is not included in the conference fee

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Accommodation and Travel Information

Make sure to book your reservations through onPeak housing to secure one of these great rates!

Book your hotel through the official housing company for 2014 RPI Conference by clicking on the image below.

For additional hotel booking questions contact OnPeak at 800-648-0007 or via email ppai@onpeak.com

Hotel Availability/Rates Additional Resort Fee**
Mandalay Bay

Friday, January 10 - Monday, January 13 ... $85

Tuesday, January 14 - Saturday, January 18 ... $174

Excalibur - Contemporary Rooms

Friday, January 10 - Saturday, January 11 ... $48

Sunday, January 12 - Monday, January 13 ... $28

Tuesday, January 14 - Thursday, January 16 ... $34

Friday, January 17 - Saturday, January 18 ... $78

Luxor Las Vegas
- Pyramid Rooms

Friday, January 10 - Saturday, January 11 ... $58

Sunday, January 12 - Monday, January 13 ... $38

Tuesday, January 14 - Thursday, January 16 ... $64

Friday, January 17 - Saturday, January 18 ... $98

Luxor Las Vegas
- Tower Rooms

Friday, January 10 - Saturday, January 11 ... $73

Sunday, January 12 - Monday, January 13 ... $53

Tuesday, January 14 - Thursday, January 16 ... $79

Friday, January 17 - Saturday, January 18 ... $113


*Hotel rates do not include applicable taxes. Hotel rates are subject to dates and availability.
**Per room per night

American Airlines is offering conference attendees a 5% discount off the lowest applicable published air fare. To make your discount reservation, go to www.aa.com and be sure to reference the Promotional Code: 3214AA

United Airlines is offering attendees of the conference special airline discounts. To make your discount reservation, go to www.united.com and be sure to enter your Offer Code: ZQR5917952 in the Offer Code box when searching for your flights.


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