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.
The Online 2021 GPLA Convention Store Is Now Closed
All registrations must now be made on-site at the convention.
Clifford L. Shafer, CPS, CML
GPLA 2021 Convention Chairman
2021 GPLA Scholarships Update
GPLA has made the decision to increase the number of Scholarships offered for our 2021 convention. Many locksmiths have seen their businesses experience a significant decline due to the effects of the pandemic, so this year we will be awarding six scholarships for up to 3 days of classes each (excluding any lab fees), instead of the usual two scholarships of up to 2 days of classes each. We encourage all interested locksmiths to apply for the Scholarship using the appropriate application (GPLA member or non-member applications) linked below.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Airport
PLEASE NOTE: GPLA Headquarters is approximately 20 miles from the Doubletree by Hilton Philadelphia Airport. For anyone wishing to get a room for Tuesday night closer to GPLA Headquarters, we recommend the Four-Points by Sheraton at 9461 Roosevelt Blvd in Philadelphia, which is about 3 miles from our HQ. Their phone number is: 215-671-9600.
Another option is the Holiday Inn Express at 1329 Bristol Pike in Bensalem, PA, which is about 5 miles away from our HQ. They can be reached at: 215-245-5222.
GPLA has not blocked any rooms at these hotels, nor made any arrangement with them for room pricing.
Thursday, Sept. 23 – Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
About The Convention
72th Anniversary Banquet
Security Training Seminar And Product Exhibit
LOCKSMITHS – ESSENTIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
Directions To GPLA HQ
From I-95 North or South: Take exit 30 Cottman Avenue. Follow Cottman Avenue approx. 1 mile, make right onto Frankford Avenue. Follow Frankford Avenue approx. 0.9 miles, make left onto Welsh Road. Make a left at the next intersection onto Craig Street. GPLA Headquarters is ¾ of the way down the block on the left.
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!