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The Enterprise Engagement
Alliance Networking Expo
Enterprise Engagement Alliance

EEA Rewards & Recognition Networking Expo Heads West

2012 event co-locates with Recognition Professionals International Annual Conference in St. Louis, April 30-May 1

The 2012 Enterprise Engagement Alliance’s Rewards & Recognition Networking Expo will be co-locating with Recognition Professionals International’s Annual Conference in St. Louis to provide attendees with a broad array of motivation- and recognition-related education, exhibits and events. 

The Rewards & Recognition Networking Expo on April 30 and May 1will focus specifically on the role of rewards and recognition in helping organizations maximize the engagement of customers, channel partners and employees. The two-day event will provide leading suppliers and buyers of rewards and recognition products and services with unique opportunities to interact, both on the exhibit floor in a unique “conversation center” format and in two special interactive sessions designed to foster innovative new ways for suppliers and buyers to work together to advance the use of rewards and recognition.

RPI’s Annual Conference, scheduled for April 29-May 2, 2012, focuses on the latest research-based strategies to engage employees and includes detailed education, case studies and seminars on all types of recognition strategies and tactics. The program includes interactive workshops that encourage dialog between practitioners. R&R Networking Expo attendees will be able to attend the Recognition Professionals International sessions.

The R&R Networking Expo is designed for anyone involved with the use of rewards and recognition for their organizations or clients. This unique combination of interactive education and one-on-one meetings with leading brands and recognition suppliers is ideal for: 

  • Incentive and promotional company professionals in sales, marketing, HR and general management
  • Incentive and promotional company purchasing professionals
  • Corporate buyers heavily involved with rewards and recognition planning.

Interactive Education

On Monday, April 30th, Engagement Day education sessions will begin with a Keynote Presentation by Washington, DC insider Russ Sullivan, Staff Director for the Democratic Staff of the Senate Finance Committee, followed by a panel discussion entitled Recognition – The Engagement Imperative. This session will address the growing need of organizations establishing engagement strategies to equip managers with a new set of skills to develop and disseminate engagement across the organization and integrate the requisite leadership initiatives, communication, training, collaboration, rewards & recognition and measurement strategies. Panelists include Amy Hurley, Ohio State Medical Center; Tom Miller, The Miller Company; Bob Nelson, Ph.D., Nelson Motivation; Dave McPhail, TELUS Communications; and Bruce Bolger, Enterprise Engagement Alliance.

A second breakout session, The New Science of Rewards & Recognition, will examine the growing body of research that can help organizations more scientifically ascertain the types of rewards to use based on the objectives of the campaign or initiative. Presenters include Melissa Van Dyke, Incentive Research Federation; Karey Stanley, TD Bank Financial Group; Joe Zanone, Movado Group; Brian Dunne, SVM Europe; and Dr. Jacalyn Kerbeck, ITAGroup This session features the latest data from the Incentive Research Foundation and excerpts from the Enterprise Engagement Alliance’s curriculum track on rewards and recognition.

R&R Roundtables

Following a State of the Industry networking lunch with RPI Annual Conference attendees, exhibitors will be available from 1pm to 5pm so attendees can meet with representatives from the leading distributors of the leading brands in rewards and recognition and gift cards and get their questions about recognition or engagement answered by experts at roundtable discussions on key topics. Attendees will also be able to browse the RPI Ideas Center featuring case studies of successful programs and participate in a contest that brings to life the impact of rewards and recognition. 

Later that afternoon the day’s final session, Power to the People: Social Recognition, will look at the impact of cutting-edge technologies and tools that let organizations harness the power of social media to build a culture of recognition, engagement and accomplishment to drive enterprise-wide success. Presenters for this session are Gordon Green, CRP, Rideau Recognition Solutions; Steve Richardson, CRP, RBC; and Steven Green, TemboSocial (formerly PollStream).

Hands-On, Face-to-Face

On Tuesday, May 1st, the day kicks off with the Industry Leadership Forum, with leading incentive companies and brands discussing the implications for the industry on new research in rewards & recognition. Facilitated by Melissa Van Dyke of the IRF and the EEA’s Bruce Bolger, attendees will cover such topics as how leading brand names can be better leveraged for maximum reward impact; what types of customization are possible; how the industry can work together to promote most effective use of rewards; and how the rewards experience can be improved, among others. 

Following this session, attendees will have the rest of the day to tour the Exhibit Hall and meet face to face with representatives from more than 30 companies, including Bulova, Canon, Capitol Sales, Crutchfield, Hammacher Schlemmer, Hyatt, InteliSpend, Marriott, Maui Jim, Movado, PMC, Quantum Loyalty, Sony and Tumi, among others. 

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to combine high-level education on recognition, engagement and rewards with an opportunity to meet with the leading brands and wholesalers committed to finding new ways to optimize the reward experience.


Go to: https://register.eeaexpo.com/register/

Hosted Buyer Program: The program includes two nights of hotel accommodations, all meals and round trip airfare reimbursement of up to $500 for buyers verified to have visited a minimum of 25 exhibitors over the two-day event. Act now by applying at:  www.rewardsandrecognitionexpo.com/hostedbuyer

Expo Pass: Free to qualified businesspeople who buy or recommend incentives, rewards, or recognition programs for their companies or clients (see Hosted Buyer Program below). $329 for business people who do not buy or recommend incentives, rewards, or recognition programs for their companies or clients.

R&R Expo and RPI Luncheon ticket: $35 per day

April 29 Evening Reception at Marriott St. Louis West: $80

Hotel: Go to www.programinfosite.com/eea-attendee/eea-attendee-registration/ to take advantage of $129 per-night room offer. Complimentary transportation is available from the Marriott St. Louis West to the nearby Drury Plaza Hotel and the Maritz Campus in Fenton.

Plus: You can register separately for the Recognition Professionals International Annual Conference, April 29-May 2, featuring the latest information on best practices and effective implementation in the world of recognition, including case studies from top corporations and a special half-day program on state-of-the-art recognition program design at www.recognition.org

Current Exhibitors

Bass Pro Shops
Capitol Sales
Castle Merchandising
Corporate Sports
Elite Creations
Erie Computers
Hammacher Schlemmer
LL Bean
Maui Jim
Power Sales
Pro Am Golf
Quantum Loyalty
Spa Week

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