EDPA Launches the Lounge

In between sessions? Need a place to meet up with a partner? The EDPA Chill Out Lounge is open for you to use when you need to work, network, or just recharge. Your association, your lounge!


Wednesday, November 28th

7:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Morning Outdoor Events


Annual EDPA Golf Open Scramble

Enjoy an optimum golf course in Naples, Florida for players of all skill levels at the private Naples Grande Golf Club. Acclaimed golf architect Rees Jones designed a par 72 championship course that proves both interesting and challenging. Each hole at this demanding course promises an exhilarating new experience. With extraordinary elevations and unique water features expertly incorporating the indigenous Florida foliage, this course offers stunning fairways for year-round play at the Naples, Florida golf resort.
(Separate fees apply.)


Fishing Excursion

Snook, Tarpon, Redfish and More!

Miles of natural shorelines, acres of grass flats, numerous creeks and rivers, thousands of oyster bars and millions of fish. That's what makes fishing in the Naples Backcountry so special.

Get away and get lost in the wilds of Naples, Marco Island, the 10,000 Islands and The Everglades to fish for some of the most sought-after shallow water game fish in the world! Captain Geoff knows these waters like the back of his hand and can put our group in the front seat for an EDPA fishing charter you won’t soon forget!
(Separate fees apply.)


Everglades Excursion

Let our experienced tour guides show you the mystery and ecology of the Everglades on this private group excursion. Learn about the four Eco-Systems and precious wildlife that thrive in this area. This tour allows guests to experience the fascination and mystique of one of the most beautifully diverse eco-systems off the world: The Everglades. 

The adventure begins as you depart the resort in a climate-controlled vehicle, escorted by an interactive eco-trained tour guide. The guide provides full-narration of the Everglades. Guests will board authentic airboats upon arrival in the Everglades for an exhilarating ride through the backwaters of the Gulf, including mangrove tunnels and old Indian trails. Experienced airboat captains will wind through the rugged Ten Thousand Islands, revealing the hiding spots of alligators, manatee and other local inhabitants. 
(Separate fees apply.)

4:30 PM to
5:30 PM

First Timers' Meeting and Reception

Welcome to EDPA ACCESS! We’re glad you’re here, and in addition to growing your business and sharing your experience with other attendees, you probably have some questions. This reception is designed specifically to answer your questions, explain our programs, and help you make the most of your time and your association. Board members will be on hand to give you suggestions for education that is most relevant to you and your company.

Supplier Showcase Preview

Members do business with members: It’s the EDPA way! Visit potential partners in their exhibits at the Supplier Showcase. Start conversations that will help build your business—and that of other EDPA members.

5:30 PM to
7:00 PM

Welcome Reception & Dinner

Nothing beats catching up with old friends and colleagues as another year comes to an end—and before ACCESS 2018 goes into high gear with our education program. Always a fun evening in a relaxed atmosphere, the Naples Grand Beach Resort is the perfect backdrop for our welcome reception and dinner.

8:15 PM
to 10:00 PM

Thursday, November 29th

Breakfast /  State of the Association

Fuel up for the day as you hear our current president, Donna Shultz, and incoming president, Dave Flory, tell you about where EDPA is today—and where it will be tomorrow. This is your chance to learn about all the EDPA initiatives and make a decision about how you can become involved.

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Supplier Showcase

There’s no way you were able to visit all the exhibits in the Supplier Showcase last night. Here is another chance for you to see what other members offer that will help you delight your customers.

10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Your Association Luncheon & Town Hall Meeting

Join the EDPA’s leadership for a conversation about the association, where it is today and where it’s going. Give feedback, get feedback—this luncheon and peer-to-peer meeting helps set the stage for the future of your association.

11:30 AM to
12:30 PM

VIP Reception (Foundation Grantors)

This reception acknowledges the contributions of the EDPA Foundation Grantors, companies, who support the work, both personally and financially, of the EDPA Foundation. If you would like to be part of this group, talk to Dave Walens sometime during ACCESS 2018.

6:00 PM to
6:30 PM

6:30 PM to
10 PM

Not-So-Silent Auction & Presidents Gala

Our Not-So-Silent Auction kicks off the evening festivities with the chance to do some holiday shopping. But the auction is part of a mission. It feeds the EDPA Foundation which provides scholarships to the next generation of industry families, supports universities that prepare future exhibit professionals, and gives financial assistance to our colleagues in a time of need.

The Gala Reception, which follows the auction, is a celebration of what EDPA and its members have accomplished throughout the year. In addition to an unforgettable dinner, the Gala features awards presentations, recognizing the excellence of the work that makes our members shine—and that keeps our clients choosing to engage in face-to-face experiences.

Friday, November 30th

12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Roundtable Discussions / Networking Lunch

Take the opportunity to discuss the issues that keep you up at night. Meet with other EDPA members who share your concerns or who might have some solutions for you. Roundtable topics include:

  • Recruiting Talent

  • Collaboration of Experiential & Design

  • Navigating Show floor Protocols

  • In-House vs. Outsource

  • Internship Programs

2:45 PM to
3:45 PM


 Supplier Showcase

Your last chance to see what’s new and cool at the Supplier Showcase! Finish your conversation—and maybe place an order.

4:00 PM to
6:00 PM


Chapter Challenge

Come out and show your support for the EDPA regional chapters at their annual team challenge. Whether you’re an active chapter participant or just a passive cheerleader, there’s plenty of fun (and cocktails) to go around. Don’t miss this!