Get Ready To Mingle!

The Exchange is a great place to build your professional network! Check out all of the special events GEAPS and the Exchange Host Advisory Council have planned for Exchange 2019.

NOLA Mixer – VIP Event Exclusively for International and First-Time Attendees

Saturday, March 9, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

GEAPS invites all first-time and international attendees to an exclusive networking event to kick off Exchange. Make connections with industry professional from around the world and learn helpful tips and tricks to making your first GEAPS Exchange a success.

Admission includes two drink tickets. The mixer is open to all first time and international attendees.

Get-Acquainted Party

Saturday, March 9, 7-11 p.m.

Attend this year’s kick-off party at Generation’s Hall; located In New Orleans’s eclectic warehouse district, just a couple blocks from the Convention Center and close to many of the Exchange hotels. Network with fellow attendees while experiencing a bit of Louisiana. This year’s party features an interactive Crawfish Boil, a full NOLA inspired buffet, entertainment and more! Originally built in the early 1820’s as a sugar refinery, Generations Hall has ample space to enjoy the delicious drink, food and conversation that this party has to offer.

A complimentary shuttle will be available from 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. circulating between Generations Hall, the Convention Center and the Exchange Hotels.

Admission includes two drink tickets. The party is included in the attendee and companion full registrations and can also be purchased a la carte.

Fun Run/Walk

Sunday, March 10, 6 a.m.

Start the morning and Exchange off on the right foot and head out for a refreshing 5k run along the Mississippi River.

This event is free for all attendees.

Expo Grand Opening

Sunday, March 10, 11:15 a.m.

Join fellow attendees following the Idea Exchange for a New Orleans style jazz band performance. This super high energy jazz and dance performance is sure to get you dancing and parading to ring in the grand opening of the GEAPS Exchange 2019 Expo!

This event is free for all registered attendees.

Welcome Reception

Sunday, March 10, 4-6 p.m.

This Expo Hall event is open to everyone – all registered attendees, exhibitors and companions. Enjoy a networking event with drinks and snacks while you stroll through the hall. The Welcome Reception is a great opportunity to network and explore the hall as the first day of the Expo comes to a close.

This event is free for all registered attendees.

President’s Reception and Banquet

Tuesday, March 12, 5-8:30 p.m.

Delicious food, great conversation, and recognition of outstanding industry leaders make this closing event at Exchange highly memorable. The event will begin with a cocktail reception (drink tickets will be provided with purchase of a banquet ticket), followed by a three-course meal and an experience of a traditional Mardi Gras Parade with a variety of entertainers. The live entertainment features song, dance and crowd interaction which are sure to delight!  Following the banquet, you are invited to enjoy a complimentary tour of the float den.

A complimentary shuttle will be available from 4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. circulating between Mardi Gras World, the Convention Center and the Exchange Hotels.

Banquet tickets are included in attendee and companion full registrations and can be purchased a la carte. 

Post Conference Tour

Wednesday, March 13, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Join your industry peers as you take a trip to tour the Zen Noh Grain Facility. The tour will last about 2 hours and give you an insight to one of the great export facilities in New Orleans region.

* Group will meet at the Hilton Riverside lobby promptly at 9 a.m. and a bus will take everyone to the facility. Wear closed-toed shoes. Hard hats and safety glasses will be provided by the facility.

Tickets for this event can be purchased a la carte.