The GPLA Convention
The GPLA 2019 Convention Store is now CLOSED!
All registrations must now be made on site at the convention.
Please do not email or fax any registrations.
2020 Convention Cancellation Notice
The Members and Officers of the Greater Philadelphia Locksmiths Association hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe during these incredibly difficult and challenging times. We extend our thoughts and prayers to everyone affected by this pandemic. Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing health crisis and after careful consideration, GPLA has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 convention. As disappointed as we are to make this decision, the health and safety of the attendees, instructors, exhibitors, and VIPs who attend our convention is our utmost priority.
We will post the dates for our 72nd Anniversary convention as soon as we have them finalized with the host hotel. In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and stay hopeful.
Clifford L. Shafer, CPS, CML
GPLA 2020 Convention Chairman
10 Great Reasons To Attend The Greater Philadelphia Locksmiths Association Awards Banquet, Convention, Education, and Product Extravaganza
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 ALOA Convention package for next year!
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 the GPLAs website (www.gpla.org) 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 DoubleTree by Hilton. Upscale, 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.
Refreshments available all day at the convention, exhibit show, and during classes, compliments 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!