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RPI's 14th Annual Conference!

May 1-4, 2011
Grand Hyatt San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Thanks to everyone who made the 14th Annual RPI Sharing Conference a big success!


The RPI 14th Annual Conference 2011 will deliver one-of-a-kind educational opportunities to gain tools, tips and techniques attendees can apply immediately in the workplace. The numerous conference networking opportunities also encourage attendees to meet, exchange ideas and expand their reach globally with Recognition Professionals from all over the world.

2011 Conference Sponsors:


Crystal D

I Love Rewards


Recognition Management Institute

Rideau Recognition Solutions

Wells Fargo

Conference Rates


RPI Member $645
Non-Member Practitioner $795
Non-Member Resource Provider $895
Speaker $525

RPI Member $450
Non-Member $550
Award Dinner Guest (includes reception) $95/person

Non-Member Practitioner $895
Non-Member Resource Provider $995

Make your Hotel Reservation

Grand Hyatt San Antonio

Special room rate: $195

To make your reservations, either call 1-888-421-1442 or reserve online. Identify the group name as Recognition Professionals International (RPI).

Check out the hotel website for more information. Be sure to look at the highlights of San Antionio!

CRP Courses

Saturday, April 30 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Education: CRP II - Strategic Planning and Measurement

RPI Member $545
Non-Member Practitioner $795
Non-Member Resource Provider $895

Sunday, May 1 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Education: CRP III - Recognition Management and Maintenance

RPI Member $545
Non-Member Practitioner $795
Non-Member Resource Provider $895

Wednesday, May 4 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Post-Conference Education: CRP IV - Applying Recognition Systems

RPI Member $545
Non-Member Practitioner $795
Non-Member Resource Provider $895

Keynote Speakers

Featured Conference Speaker - John Sweeney

John Sweeney - Author and Owner, The Brave New Workshop

Based in Minneapolis, John Sweeney owns the nation’s oldest satirical comedy theatre: the Brave New Workshop. As a professional speaker and trainer, he shares the theatre’s unique creative process with business leaders from a variety of world class companies. Sweeney’s programs bridge improvisational skills and behaviors - as outlined in his book Innovation at the Speed of Laughter - to topics such as improving creativity, innovation, remaining productive and focused amid chaos, sales for the non-sales person, teamwork, and idea generation top down. Sweeney’s uncommon ability to deliver expertise in an unforgettable, humorous way has resonated with leaders from coast to coast.

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S. Max Brown - VP Organizational Learning, Recognition Management Institute

In the last ten years, Max has made nearly one thousand presentations in locations all around the world. He’s taken clients rappelling off the Great Wall of China, facilitated at the Parliament of World Religions Conference in Spain, and even survived a severe winter presentation in Regina, Saskatchewan. With his experience in leadership training, speaking, and facilitating around the world, Max brings a global perspective to the challenge of motivating people. Max laces his presentations with stories and examples that inspire people to act. Audiences at companies such as American Express, GE, HSBC, and Jones Apparel have raved about his interactive, engaging style. As a result, he travels 200,000 miles per year to deliver presentations to clients around the globe! In addition, Max is Co-Host of weekly radio program, Real Recognition Radio.

Mary Taylor DeChambres, Editor, Bethenny Getting Married, Bravo TV
Emmy® Award winner for Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming

Mary DeChambres will share the secrets of Tinseltown recognition and how other companies can bring the "Red Carpet" treatment to their workforce. Mary DeChambres has walked the Red Carpet and received the highest recognition honor in the television Emmy®! She will share the secrets of her success and tell us how all companies can bring star-power to employee recognition and reward programs. Mary will share the excitement of Hollywood from the flash bulbs, designer gowns and glamour while communicating the real joy she felt when the cameras are gone and her top execs and peers shared meaningful and genuine appreciation – the real reward! As an editor and producer on some of TV's highest-rated reality shows, Mary will share how it feels to receive recognition and the best ways to express it on a Hollywood set. Read more about Mary, including photos and a radio interview, by clicking HERE.

Christophe Laval - President & CEO Vision Performance Human Recognition (VPHR)

Christophe Laval, CRP, resides in Paris France and is the former HR Vice President at Schlumberger, Yoplait, and Compass Group and former CEO of France’s largest HR society Entreprise & Personnel. He is currently President of consultancy VPHR (Vision Performance Human Recognition). VPHR advices major organizations (French Post Office, GDF Suez, Clear Chanel, Medtronic, French Air Force…) for promoting a corporate culture based on recognition. Christophe Laval, author of the French-language book "A Plea for Recognition in the workplace", has just conducted a 2010 international survey to analyze and evaluate the various practices of employee recognition in France, USA, English Canada and Quebec.

Bob Nelson - President, Nelson Motivation Inc.

Dr. Bob Nelson is considered one of the leading authorities on employee recognition, motivation and engagement. He is president of Nelson Motivation Inc., a management training and consulting company based in San Diego that specializes in helping organizations improve their management practices, programs and systems. He is a co-founder of Recognition Professionals International and worked closely with Dr. Ken Blanchard (co-author of The One Minute Manager) for ten years. To learn more about Bob and his work, visit him at

David Zinger, Author and founder of The Employee Engagement Network

David Zinger is a sought after educator, coach, author, and consultant who was recently named as the Top Influencer in Leadership by HR Examiner. He creates authentic workplace buzz and he also works with bees. David fuses a prairie presence with a global reach and this prairie influence includes a wide open view of engagement, a down-to-earth perspective on work, a connection to people and community, being on the same level with everyone else, and creating authentic results. He founded and hosts the 3000 member Employee Engagement Network. This community has produced 6 free co-created e-books on engagement, hundreds of forums, and over 1000 blog posts. David’s experience includes 15 years as the employee assistance counsellor at Seagram, Ltd. in Gimli. This was the home of Crown Royal and David was instrumental in fostering personal and career engagement for this organization. Currently, David has been working with a beekeeper and an artist on making connections between engagement, honeybees, work, recognition, and community. David believes we must learn to think differently inside the hive of our organizations. To learn more about David and his work visit with him at

2011 Annual Conference


Each CRP course offered by RPI is approved for .6 CEUs as approved by IACET. The two-day post conference offering – The Value of Recognition – is approved for 1.2 CEUs as approved by IACET. Recognition Professionals International (RPI) has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 8405 Greensboro Drive, Suite 800, McLean, VA 22102.


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