The conference features more than 350 exhibitors in the expo hall, nearly 40 hours of educational programming and a variety of networking opportunities at social events. GEAPS members receive free daily admission to the Expo Hall and a discount for additional booth workers.
GEAPS International President Steve Myers, Bunge Milling, has attended Exchange for the past 12 years. He uses the conference as an opportunity to meet with partners face-to-face to get a lot of work done.
“Last year, I got to talk with one of our software suppliers,” he said. “We sat down and went over all of the new updates and they gave me a look at some new things that they are working on. Exchange is such a large gathering of industry folks; it’s a huge opportunity to address issues at our facility.”
There are two places to catch the newest products in the industry. The Idea Exchange on March 22 features short presentations on new products. Inside the Expo Hall, more than 350 exhibitors will feature products and services across 18 categories. The hall includes four spaces for interactive expo pods and a grain entrapment rescue demo. Lunch also is provided in the expo hall for free every day for attendees.
The educational program includes workshops, classroom lectures, interactive small-group sessions and a showcase of the latest ideas and products in the industry.
Sessions inside the expo hall include a grain entrapment rescue demo and small-group presentations on confined spaces.
Attendees with credentials from GEAPS and Kansas State University will have opportunities to earn continuing education units (CEUs).
To receive CEUs, attendees must complete an online quiz. The complete educational programming schedule will be released in November.
GEAPS has negotiated discounted room rates at three different hotel properties in downtown Minneapolis. All three are close to the convention center and are connected via indoor skyway. GEAPS’ housing management company, Experient, will handle all hotel reservations and inquiries. Reservations must be made online through the housing page on the Exchange website.
The room block cut-off date is Feb. 20, 2020. After this date, room availability will be based on hotel availability and may not be available at the discounted rate. The room block cancellation deadline is Feb. 6, 2020.