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2018 Annual Conference


Sunday, April 29

8:00am – 6:00pm

CRP II: Creating a Recognition Culture*

Rita Maehling, CRP, Achieve Consulting

8:00am – 5:00pm

RPI Board Strategic Planning Meeting (invitation only)

2:30pm – 5:30pm

Recognition Fundamentals*

Barbara RuddyCRP, Department of Economic Securities

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Welcome Reception

With musical guest Brent Gafford
(entertainment sponsored by C.A. Short Company)

Monday, April 30

8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast and Mug-of-Motivation

with Jason Thomson, Creative Mercenary  

9:00am – 9:15am

Conference Welcome

9:15 - 10:00am

10:00 - 10:45am

10:45 - 11:15am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

11:15am – 12:00pm

Breakout Session A-Series

A1. Measuring the Value of Employee Recognition
Cord Himelstein, HALO Recognition

A2. 2017 BAE Systems Best Practices Winner Case Study
Dan Stern, BAE Systems

A4. Transforming Engagement through Effective Recognition Program Design using RPI Best Practice Standards
Tonda Ferguson, CRP, Southwest Airlines; Ashlee Green, CRP, Verizon Wireless; David Klein, Carnival Cruise Line; Carl Anderson, Delta Air Lines; Theresa Harkins, CRP, Inspirus, LLC

12:00pm – 12:15pm


12:15pm – 1:30pm

Awards Luncheon

1:30 - 1:45pm


1:45 - 2:45pm

2:45 - 3:00pm


3:00 - 4:00pm

4:00 - 5:30pm

Exhibit Showcase Reception

7:00 - 9:30pm

Tuesday, May 1

8:00am – 9:00am

Breakfast and Mug-of-Motivation

with Jason Thomson, Creative Mercenary  

9:00am –10:00am

10:00 – 11:00am

Plenary Presentation

by Kimberly Huffman, Dollar General and Dennis Borchers, Tractor Supply Co.

11:00 – 11:30am

Networking Break with Exhibitors

11:30am – 12:15pm

Breakout Session D-Series

D1. Two-year Anniversary: MIT Recognition and Strategic Talent Management
Cori Champagne, MIT

D2. A Roadmap to Recognition: Case Study in Biltmore Rewards
James Robinson-Long, Biltmore Estate & Jeff Ross, CPA, CRP, C.A. Short Company

D3. Health Care Panel
Amy J. Hurley, Ohio State University – Wexner Medical Center; Susie Lyons, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Melissa Minkow, St. Joseph's Healthcare System

12:15pm – 12:30pm


12:30pm – 2:00pm

Awards Luncheon & Special Presentation

by the 2017 Best Practice Award Winner: Royal Bank of Canada

2:00 – 2:15pm


2:15 – 3:15pm

3:15 – 3:30pm


3:30 – 4:30pm

Ted-Style Talks

We’re all familiar with TED talks, those terrific short speeches that present “Ideas Worth Spreading” in 18 minutes or less. So we decided to close out the 2018 RPI Conference with insights from some of the top names in the recognition profession.  

4:30 – 6:00pm

Closing Reception

Wednesday, May 2

8:00am – 6:00pm

CRP III: Building a Recognition Blueprint*

Scott Russell, CRP, C.A. Short Company


*Separate Fee

Thank You, Business Partners

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