Industry Convention


1- Education

10-12 top notch industry classes, many with continuing education credits (CEU) and instructed by nationally recognized professional instructors with years of experience. Same low prices for classes and lunch as it has been for over 4 years.

2- 50+ Vendor Exhibits

Over 50 Vendor Exhibits on Saturdays show, from A-Z of products, services, equipment and more. Thousands of items available for purchase, you can even buy a new service vehicle if that’s what you need or just a new pick set or trick tool, you will find it there. Hundreds of door prizes all day long and GPLA and ALOA will be giving away a complete 2019 ALOA Convention package.

3- Scholarships

Free scholarship for 3 days of classes, members and non-members who are sponsored by another association or organization are welcome to apply for the Connelly-Singer Scholarship Fund. Applications must be received no later than 30 days prior to the convention date. See GPLAs’ website ( for an application.

4- Friday Night Social

Friday Night Social, becoming Industry known for the best time you can have without your pick set. Always a different theme to have fun with, great humorous presentations and crowd participation. Great food, great fun, great friends guaranteed!

5- Meet and Greet

The opportunity to meet, greet, and network with Industry leaders from large manufacturers and outstanding Industry world renowned names in specialty fields, different association representatives and more.

6- Free Parking

Free parking for all attendees and guests at our 5-star accommodations, at one of the most convenient locations, Philadelphia Airport Double Tree by Hilton, up-scale newly renovated and ready to accommodate every one of your needs. Restaurant, Pub and Café is on location and at the same low price as it has been for several years, at $119.00 per night using GPLA’s hotel block reservation code.

7- Refreshments

Refreshments available all day at the convention, exhibit show and during classes, complements of our convention sponsors, to be announced.

8- Test Your Skills

Show off your professional skills and win big money at our Pick and Bump Contest. Who has the quickest draw with their pick sets?! It could be you and win a crisp $100 bill!

9- Old Friends

A chance to stop and take the time out of our busy schedules to relax a little, talk to some old friends, or making it a point to say “Hello” to some new friends! Enjoy our non-rushed experience each day of the Convention.

10- Awards Banquet

One of the Industries prestige’s and well known Awards Banquets with awards being presented to recipients from around the world, around the country and around our home town. Come and experience the honor and pride and a once in a lifetime thrill that these recipients have in the pleasure of being awarded. Sharing in their joy will be contagious. Black tie Presidents reception, hors d’oeuvres, top shelf bar, surf and turf meal, dessert and music, both Friday and Saturday events are all at one low price of $85 per person.

A Letter From Our Convention Chairman

As your Convention Chairman this year and several years in the past, I am very proud and excited to work with our entire outstanding convention committee and their sub-committees, who are committed to bringing you the very best convention experience possible…69 years and still going strong. I thank you all.

However, without our loyal members, future members, vendors and convention sponsors we would not be able to pull off such a mammoth task each year. I thank you all.

There is a little song lyric that goes “You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone” unfortunately other association members know this all too well. We GPLA will not fail you as an association, please do not fail us as a member, future member, vendors or manufacturers. With your continuing support we will prevail as a strong association for another 69 years and beyond.

With age comes wisdom and with youth enthusiasm is born, let’s bring the two together and success is ours. Here is the challenge bring us, GPLA, an eager youth, who is sponsored by a member or other association member and we will educate them for FREE through our Scholarship/Trade Enhancement Program and together set them on a path to become a professional locksmith.

Again thank you for your time, support and investing in the future of your association. See you in September. Please make plans to set these dates aside; Sept. 26th – 29th, 2018, and join us at your GPLA 69th Annual Education Conference Vendors Exhibit Convention and Awards Banquet.


Sven K. Hellwig Sr., CRL 2018 GPLA Convention Chairman