The KIAAA Annual Conference is a great event and a favorite among vendors. Approximately 170 athletic directors and 65 vendors attend the conference each year. The Kansas athletic directors are always interested in visiting booths to learn more about products and place order for their individual schools. By participating in this show you and your business have the opportunity to form relationships with Kansas ADs. Furthermore, rather than meeting with one athletic director at a time, the KIAAA Conference affords the vendor the opportunity to communicate with ADs from all over the state in a centralized relaxed, casual setting. Vendor exhibits will be on Monday, April 16th. Click on the registration site below to reserve your booth at the conference.
In addition to showcasing your company during the exhibition time, the KIAAA also invites vendors to participate with the attending ADs in the golf tournament on the prior Sunday. Information and sign-up for the golf tournament is included on the registration site. You can also click HERE to see more about the tournament (please note that tournament information states $60 in this attached flyer but for our vendors we have a reduced rate of $55).
Two final points. First, if your company is interested in being a Corporate Sponsor, click on the “About” tab and scroll down to “Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities“, and/or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Certain levels of sponsorship provide for free vendor booth space, web presence, and other promotional benefits. Second, the KIAAA has an Endowment that is directed towards the KIAAA Student Scholarship Program. We encourage all conference attendees, both ADs and vendors, to contribute to the Endowment Program. That box is also included on the registration site.
KIAAA Conference Dates at the Four Points by Sheraton in Manhattan Kansas
2017: April 15 – 17 (Vendor Day: April 16) 3:00pm-5:30pm
Click HERE to go to 2018 Vendor Registration Site.
Click HERE to see the Conference Agenda
Click HERE to view the map of booth assignments for the vendor hall
Vendors can sign-up for one or two tables. Two badges/tickets are provided with the one table package and four badges/tickets are provided with the two table package. Additional badges may be purchased that qualify additional representatives to service your table and participate in the vendor luncheon on Monday at noon.
There will be opportunities at this year’s conference for vendors to receive free inservice associated with the conference enrollment. LEADERCAST will be providing a The Leadership Institute series, and we are provide the 3pm Monday workshop presented by Duane Cummings. As an added benefit to our participating vendors we will be providing free tickets to this optional workshop session ($30/person value). Vendors will be working alongside KIAAA ADs in this workshop session.
In addition to all the above vedors and sponsors are encourged to participate in the conference golf touranment is on Sunday, April 15th, and the AD/vendor social on the evening of Monday, April 16th. While these two additional acttivities are add-on tickets, they are great opportunities to participate shoulder-to-shoulder with potential clients.
As you can see, the KIAAA Annual Meeting and Conference is a very vendor/sponsor oriented event. While we have made some changesin the conference format, our attempt is to make things more time efficient for our vendors. While the expo time is slightly less than years past, the time will be more productive because there are no competing activities during this period that would draw ADs out of expo hall. And with the additional activities available on the agenda, vendors have a chance to double, or even triple, their contact time with attending ADs depending on the activities your company chooses to participate in. Throw in a free training seminar, and we hope that would find this years’ KIAAA Conference a worthwhile investment.
Vendor setup begins at 5:00 pm on April 15th and can also be done the morning of April 16th.
Vendors have the opportunity on the registration site to sign-up for flyer distribution in the attendees packets. See registration site for more information. These materials are seen by every attendee and are a great way for vendors to get pre-show information into the member’s hands.
Each vendor has the opportunity to present a product to the vendor drawing held in the vendor hall. This also is a way to bring exposure to your company or organization. The vendor door prize drawing will occur during the vendor lunching on April 16th.
"Loved the willingness of participants to stop and talk with me.”
“This is my favorite convention for the Nebraska, Kansas, and Iowa area.”
“We appreciate the way the Kansas AD’s take time to stop and at least thank us for attendance and see what we are offering. This is not true for all states we attend.”
“I very much enjoyed attending this conference. Well organized.”
“Great conference. We will be back.”
“First time vendor – great overall experience – can’t wait to come back!”