MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, US — The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) plans to host its Exchange conference online Feb. 23-25, 2021, and registration is now open.

The online event includes a virtual trade show, a showcase of the latest products in the industry, leadership workshops and several hours of technical training.

“Our mission is to share knowledge across our network of agricultural professionals,” said Steve Records, executive director of GEAPS. “This online event blends training for many different levels of employees with an opportunity to connect with suppliers and expand your professional network. With an affordable price point, we expect to see attendees from around the world.”

It includes several different types of education sessions. Each day begins with a brief address from keynote speaker Calvin Stovall, ICONIC Presentations, followed by morning sessions and then designated time for the virtual trade show. There is an hour break every day for lunch, followed by afternoon sessions and designated time to meet with peers in networking lounges.

Leadership workshops include:

  • Change is Fuel: Fostering a Mindset for Maximizing Opportunities and Growth, presented by Margi Simmons, director of applied improvisation, Brave New Workshop
  • How to Leverage the 4 C’s of an ICONIC Mindset, presented by Calvin Stovall, chief experience officer, ICONIC Presentations

Other Education Sessions Include:

  • Idea Exchange
  • product demonstrations
  • maintenance and technical training

The online conference also will include a virtual trade show where attendees and suppliers can connect.

Before the conference, GEAPS will match companies and attendees with pre-scheduled appointments. During the event, attendees can browse a virtual floor plan or a list of exhibitors. Companies can populate their virtual booths with sales materials and videos, and attendees can ask questions in real time, jump into an instant video call or make an appointment to follow up after the show.

“To maximize attendee and exhibitor experience and based on feedback from other attendees to other virtual conferences, our event platform was selected specifically because it facilitates direct connections between attendees, exhibitors and speakers,” Records said.  “It will help attendees get solutions to their problems. Until it is safe to gather again in person, we look forward to bringing the industry together online.”

Companies interested in exhibiting or sponsoring the event can visit the exhibit page on the conference website.

The event costs $50 for GEAPS members who register before Feb. 8 and $150 for non-members. After that date, the cost is $75 for GEAPS members and $200 for non-members.

The GEAPS Exchange Online Conference does not take the place of the in-person conference. GEAPS Exchange 2021 is still scheduled for Aug. 6-9, 2021, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio, US.

For more information about the GEAPS Exchange Online Conference or to register, visit the event website.