AFSA41 Offers CEUs and Connections in the City That Never Sleeps
AFSA41 is headed to Las Vegas! The city’s new slogan, “What happens here, only happens here!” is the perfect setting for the largest fire sprinkler exhibition of its kind in the United States—AFSA41.
Join the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) in this exciting city for AFSA41: Convention, Exhibition, and Apprentice Competition, October 16-19, 2022, at Bellagio Las Vegas. On the heels of AFSA’s 40th-anniversary celebration, AFSA41 ushers in a new decade of growth and prosperity for members with expert education, top training, and numerous networking opportunities.
“We are looking forward to returning to Las Vegas for AFSA41,” comments AFSA Vice President of Meeting & Education Services Marlene Garrett, CMP. “The energy and excitement of this destination, especially the Bellagio Las Vegas, is very appealing. We can’t wait to see you this fall!”
A Packed Schedule
AFSA41 will offer four days of managerial and technical seminars filled with education, training, and networking led by industry experts. Fifty-six seminars over seven tracks cover all aspects of the industry: Install/Design, ITM, Other Technical, Fitter, NextGen, AHJ, and Business Management—over 70 hours of CEUs, CPDs, and CAL FIRE-Approved credits.
AFSA’s exhibition provides an opportunity to meet with leading manufacturers and suppliers of the latest products and services offered in the fire sprinkler industry. The unopposed exhibit hours allow attendees and exhibitors to visit without interruption, and the second day of exhibits also features the finals of AFSA’s 29th National Apprentice Competition (NAC). For apprentices interested in competing, see page 21 of this issue or visit firesprinkler.org/apprentice.
Convention highlights include the Exhibition Grand Opening reception, general session, two evening parties, and social events, as well as a chance to relax with friends new and old during the networking meals hosted for attendees who are fully registered in AFSA’s room block at Bellagio Las Vegas.
This year’s convention will kick off with an opening party hosted by AFSA’s NextGen on Sunday, October 16, at On the Record Nightclub at Park MGM. The joy of hanging out in a record store is the inspiration for this speakeasy and club experience. The entrance to this club is hidden behind a record store entrance off the main casino floor, featuring both indoor and outdoor spaces, providing ample space for dancing the night away or relaxing with friends.
The ever-popular Awards Party will be held on the final night of the convention—Wednesday, October 19. Pick your favorite decade and dress to impress! This “Music Through the Decades” costume party will be a night of dancing, dinner, and drinks at the Bellagio’s Grand Pool Deck— a Mediterranean-infused al fresco poolside experience. Come celebrate with AFSA and find out who will win the apprentice competition!
A Luxurious Stay
The hotel rooms and suites at the Bellagio offer the perfect blend of beauty and elegance for AFSA41 attendees. With views of the Las Vegas valley or the iconic Bellagio fountains, stays are nothing short of unforgettable. Bellagio Las Vegas offers luxurious rooms, fine dining, spectacular shows, a conservatory and botanical gardens, exquisite shops, lounges and entertainment, a spa and salon, a state-of-the-art fitness center, the top-rated Shadow Creek golf course, five outdoor pools, and a wedding chapel!
The AFSA group rate for Bellagio Las Vegas is $284 per night plus tax and includes resort fees and complimentary internet in guest rooms. When making reservations, guests should request the Spa Tower, closest to the AFSA41 meeting space. Reservations may be made online during the convention registration process at firesprinkler.org/book. Group rates are available for stays from October 13-21, 2022, but reservations must be made by September 16, 2022, to secure AFSA convention group rates. After September 16, room rates are based on availability.
Hotel Reservation & Attendee List Alert
AFSA is made aware of third-party vendors soliciting AFSA exhibitors and attendees posing as our housing vendor or attendee list distributor. These companies mislead you to think they are working on our behalf. Companies that use this tactic include Exhibitor Hotel Reservation Services (EHR), Global Housing, and National Travel Associates. They are not endorsed by or affiliated with AFSA or its show. Entering into financial agreements with such companies can have costly consequences such as no hotel reservations, no free networking meals, no complimentary internet access, or a mailing list. Please note attendee lists are distributed onsite. To receive full AFSA hotel benefits, book directly with the hotel by phone or using the link found on AFSA’s convention website.
AFSA41 is expected to attract over 600 decision-makers from all corners of the country, many of whom are looking for innovative products and services to help make their companies more competitive. From the Diamond level to the Bronze package, AFSA has sponsorships to fit every budget.
AFSA41 sponsors enjoy visibility, recognition, and access to convention attendees. Benefits are provided throughout the convention with online exposure, increased visibility, and face-to-face opportunities. Some of these benefits include:
• Priority booth selection for sponsors at the Diamond, Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels (AFSA members only). Booth selection will be based on the current point system within each sponsorship level from Diamond to Silver.
• Room-access key cards. Diamond-level sponsors will have their logo featured on hotel room key cards.
• Recognition at Awards Party. Diamond-level sponsors will receive special recognition during the final-night Awards Party, where AFSA crowns its newest National Apprentice Competition champion!
New benefits are available for Diamond and Platinum sponsors for 2022! Diamond sponsors will have added exposure with:
• Sponsor-named specialty drink at the Awards Party.
• Logo on Bellagio Las Vegas marquee displayed on Vegas Strip on arrival day.
• Logo displayed on monitors at the Opening Party.
In addition, Diamond and Platinum sponsors will have a custom record cover displayed at the Opening Party.
AFSA offers several “a-la-carte” options for companies, including pre-event email press releases, pre-event sponsored blog posts, convention app rotating banner ads, networking meal tables, and golf tournament packages. These sponsorships range in cost from $250 to $2,500. More details can be found online.
Exhibit at AFSA41
The schedule for AFSA41 is specially designed to create multiple opportunities for attendees to visit the exhibit hall and network. This gives exhibitors ample time and as much face-to-face interaction with customers as possible. AFSA ensures traffic in the hall through:
• Unopposed exhibit hours. AFSA carefully schedules each day of the convention to avoid seminars and social events conflicting with exhibit hall hours.
• National Apprentice Competition (NAC). AFSA’s NAC is held each year in the exhibit hall. This popular event draws in convention attendees to view the installation portion of the competition and puts them in your reach.
• Exhibition Grand Opening Reception. AFSA’s Chair of the Board hosts this popular evening event, allowing convention attendees to tour the exhibit hall and features hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
• Free passes for the second day of exhibits. AFSA invites local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) and exhibitor-invited guests to visit the exhibit hall.
Sponsors also enjoy exhibitor benefits at AFSA41. Diamond and Platinum sponsorship levels include one 10-ft x 20-ft booth, and Gold sponsorship level includes one 10-ft x 10-ft booth. Additional booths are available for purchase to expand the size. Gold sponsors receive one all-access registration and two exhibit-hall-only registrations (a $2,700 value). Diamond sponsors receive three all-access registrations and six exhibit-hall-only registrations (a $6,950 value). Platinum-level sponsors receive two all-access registrations and four exhibit-hall-only registrations (a $5,400 value).
It’s never too early to start planning your marketing strategy. AFSA41 is a sure bet to reach your customers! To take full advantage of all the publicity available to sponsors, sign up by April 15, 2022. For more details, click here or contact Garrett via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (214) 349-5965 ext. 118 to discuss how your company can make the most significant impact.
A Sure Bet
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• YouTube: youtube.com/user/AmerFireSprinkAssn
Currently, the State of Nevada has lifted mask mandates in resorts and casinos, restaurants, bars, showrooms, and meeting spaces, and masks are recommended for individuals who are not fully vaccinated, those with underlying health conditions, and in healthcare facilities. Masks are still required on all public transportation and transportation hubs per CDC guidance. AFSA will continue to monitor these updates and will follow the CDC guidelines at the time of the event.
Plan your Vegas getaway with AFSA today! Bookmark AFSA’s convention website and check back frequently as online registration opens soon.