Industry Convention

SEPTEMBER 26th thru 29th 2018
At the DoubleTree By Hilton Philadelphia Airport

Register NOW for Classes, The Trade Exhibit and The GPLA Black Tie Banquet
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1- Education

10-12 top notch industry classes, many with NJ State continuing education credits (CEU) and instructed by nationally recognized professional instructors with years of experience. Our class prices are some of the best values in the industry!

2- 50+ Vendor Exhibits

Over 50 Exhibitors during Saturday’s show, showcasing an A to 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! From a new pick set or trick tool, locks, safes and vans, you will find it here. Hundreds of door prizes given away all day long, and GPLA and ALOA will be giving away a complete 2019 ALOA Convention package!

3- Scholarships

No-cost scholarships for 2 days of classes. Members of GPLA and several other local associations (see the non-member application for a list of eligible associations) are welcome to apply for the Connelly-Singer Scholarship. Applications must be received no later than 30 days prior to the convention date. See GPLAs’ website ( for an application.

4- Friday Night Social

The Friday Night Social is becoming known throughout the industry as 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 manufacturers and distributors, as well as outstanding world-renowned industry names in specialty fields, various 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 are on location. Hotel rooms are at the same low price they have been for several years: $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 that wins a crisp $50 or $100 bill!

9- Old Friends

A chance to stop and take the time out of our busy schedules to relax a little, talk to 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

Our industry’s most prestigious and well-known banquet, with awards being presented to recipients from around the world, around the country and around our home town. Come and share in the once-in-a-lifetime thrill that these recipients experience when being presented with one of the awards. Sharing in their joy will be contagious. The Friday Night Social, President’s Reception and Black Tie Preferred Awards Banquet, including hors d’oeuvres and top shelf bar, surf and turf meal, dessert and music, are all at one low price of just $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. They 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 ‘til it’s gone”; unfortunately other association members know this all too well. We at GPLA will not fail you as an association, please do not fail us as a member, future member, vendor or manufacturer. With your continuing support, we will continue to be 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 will be ours. Here is the challenge from GPLA: bring us 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 becoming a professional locksmith.

Again, thank you for your time, support and investment in the future of your association. Please set these dates aside: Sept. 26th – 29th, 2018, and plan to join us at GPLA’s 69th Anniversary Education Conference, Vendors Exhibit and Awards Banquet. See you in September!


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