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The Exchange is a great place to build your professional network! Check out all of the special events GEAPS and the Exchange Host Advisory Council have planned for Exchange 2017.

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Special Events

GEAPS Foundation Barbecue Extravaganza

GEAPS Foundation Barbecue Extravaganza

Saturday, Feb. 25, Noon-2 p.m.

Join fellow GEAPS members and Exchange 2017 exhibitors and guests for a barbecue lunch that raises funds for future training options! Two GEAPS grill masters will be cooking championship-caliber barbecue to raise money for the GEAPS Foundation. Tickets for barbecue sandwiches and beverages will be sold on-site at the Kansas City Convention Center. The extravaganza will be held rain or shine in Convention Center Lobby 2200.

Kansas City Mixer

Kansas City Mixer

Saturday, Feb. 25, 6-7 p.m.

GEAPS invites all first-time and international attendees to gather together on Saturday evening before the Get-Acquainted Party for an exclusive networking event. Enjoy local Kansas City drinks and appetizers, while making connections with colleagues across the industry and around the world. Get the inside scoop on things to do and see to make the most out of your week at Exchange. Longtime GEAPS members will share information about the organization and helpful tips for navigating the Exchange.

Get-Acquainted Party

Get-Acquainted Party

Saturday, Feb. 25, 7-11 p.m.

Join fellow attendees at this year’s kick-off party, "A Taste of KC". The 2017 Host Advisory Council is excited to bring the best aspects of Kansas City directly to you in an evening filled with food, drinks, games and networking. Get ready to taste a variety of local BBQ sauces and rubs throughout various food stations. A local brewery will be bringing in a sampling of brews. Test your luck at pop-a-shot or giant connect four.

Because Kansas City is all about their sports, the Host Advisory Council invites you to wear your favorite collegiate colors to the event.

Admission includes two drink tickets, plus an array of locally-inspired food and games. The party is included in the attendee and companion full registrations and can also be purchased a la carte.

President's Banquet and Reception

President's Banquet and Club GEAPS

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 5-11 p.m.

Delicious food, great conversation and a ton of fun combine to make this closing event at Exchange 2017 highly memorable. The event will begin with a cocktail reception (drink tickets will be provided with purchase of a banquet ticket), followed by a three-course meal and a spectacular acrobatic performance of Lucia – Aerial Performing Arts.

After the banquet, attend the newly revamped Club GEAPS - “Bar GEAPS”. This event will have a brand new look and feel that will make you want to stay all night long. Hang out for an evening cocktail, shoot some pool or have a late night snack, all while socializing with old and new friends.

Banquet tickets are included in attendee and companion full registrations and can be purchased a la carte. Club GEAPS does not require a ticket and is open to all Exchange 2017 attendees and companions.

Companion Welcome Reception

Companion Welcome Reception

Sunday, Feb. 26, 9:30-11:15 a.m.

The Host Advisory Council invites all registered companions to an interactive brunch to kick off the 2017 companion program! Join us for an opportunity to cook with Chef to learn the art of crepes while enjoying champagne. After all of the hard work of cooking and eating, enjoy a chair massage before you begin your adventures for the day.

Following brunch, we invite you to check out day one of the Expo!

GEAPS Celebration

GEAPS Celebration

Sunday, Feb. 26, 7:30-9:15 a.m.

Enjoy a plated breakfast and celebrate outstanding members at the GEAPS Celebration. During the program, GEAPS will honor remarkable chapters and individuals who have helped advance the organization; including Safety Award Winners, member recruiters, credential earners, Chapter Member of Distinction award winners, and 25, 40 and 50 year members. There is no fee for the GEAPS Celebration, but please note if you’re attending by marking this event on the registration form.

Committee Meetings

GEAPS Committee and Board Meetings

Most of the groups that govern or oversee GEAPS programs and services will meet during the Exchange. All of these meetings are open to GEAPS members. If you are not already participating as a leader in the organization, come and see for yourself what it takes to step up and make a difference.

The following groups will meet at the Exchange:

  • International Board of Directors, Wednesday March 1, 8 a.m.
  • Associates Board of Directors, Monday, Feb. 27, 7 a.m.
  • Exchange Educational Programming Committee, Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m.
  • Membership Committee, Saturday, Feb. 25, 8 a.m.
  • Chapter Resource Committee, Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.
  • Continuing Education Program Oversight Committee, Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.

Fun Run

Fun Run/Walk

Sunday, Feb. 26, 6 a.m.

Start the Exchange off on the right foot and head out for a short jaunt around Kansas City. There is no fee for the Fun Run, but please note if you’re attending by marking this event on the registration form.

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

Sunday, Feb. 26, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

This Expo Hall event is open to everyone – all registered attendees, exhibitors and companions. Enjoy beverages and appetizers while you stroll through the trade show. The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to network, do business or explore the hall with other attendees as the first day of the Expo comes to a close.

Beer and Barbecue

Beer and Barbecue Post Conference Tour


Kansas City is known for many things, but no trip to the city of fountains is complete without partaking in the rich tradition of barbecue that this city has to offer. This culinary event will take you on a tour of the dream team of barbecue, with stops at Arthur Bryant’s, Fiorella’s Jack Stack, and Slaps BBQ.

All the stops are unique in preparation and presentation, but what really separates them are their sauces. Many are bottled at their respective restaurants so you can take home bottles to share with your family and friends. Bring an appetite!

This event has been cancelled. 

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