Attend GEAPS Exchange Like a Pro

Your guide to making your time at Exchange as productive and stress-free as possible.

Understand Your Registration Package

Expo Only

Your Choice of 1, 2, or 3 Days in the Expo Hall
  • GEAPS Exchange Expo – Saturday, Sunday or Monday (includes lunch)
  • GEAPS members receive free passes to the Expo HallLearn more.


Add social events to your registration.
  • Get-Acquainted Party – $75
  • President’s Reception – $50

Don’t miss out on the fun!

Social events are a great way to meet new people from across the grain industry and can be added to any registration package as an upgrade.

Plan Your Arrival

We suggest you arrive on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 if:

  • This is your first time at Exchange
  • You’re an international attendee
  • You selected the Full Conference registration package
  • You added the Get-Acquainted Party to your registration as an upgrade

For Expo Only packages we recommend arriving the day before you plan to attend the conference so you’re able to get the most out of your day at Exchange.

Build Your Schedule

There are more than 20 hours of education at Exchange and lots of great networking events. To be sure you don’t miss anything while at the Exchange, build your schedule in advance using the online schedule or the Exchange Mobile App.

How to create your schedule:

  • To save sessions or events from the online schedule, click the event and then click the Calendar or GoogleCal to add it to your personal calendar.
  • To save sessions or events in the mobile app, you can click the “star” icon for each session, event or exhibitor you are interested in and can see your customized schedule by going to My Sessions.

See something you need to attend that isn’t in your registration package?

You can add upgrades to your current registration package, or upgrade to a registration package that better meets your needs. Simply head over to the registration page and enter the email address you used on your initial registration. Feel free to give us a call at (763) 999-4300 if you need any assistance.


Plan the exhibitors you want to connect with and which Expo Pod sessions you’ll attend.


Build your skills during Exchange by attending one, or all, of the education sessions.


These popular events make the Exchange a great place to build your professional network!

Preparing For On-Site

Here are the last details you’ll need when preparing to travel, and during your time at Exchange.

The suggested attire for all conference functions is business casual. Ties, suits and other business attire are also appropriate, but not necessary. 

You will need to pick up your badge at the Registration Center in the convention center. Having your registration information will expedite the process, especially if you have your registration barcode. Pre-registered attendees will have a separate line for picking up their badges.

Make sure you wear your name badge every day. A name badge is required for entry to any/all Exchange events and programs.


Need something to drink? Or a quick snack? For most of your needs, Exchange events will take care of you. Numerous refreshment breaks will be available throughout the conference. You’ll also get lunch in the Expo Hall on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday compliments of sponsoring companies.

Exhibitor Prize Drawings

As you meet with exhibitors throughout the conference, you will have several opportunities to enter your name into prize drawings at booths. Winners of exhibitor-sponsored prize drawings are announced from 1:30-1:45 p.m. on Monday afternoon. Listen for your name to see if you won a prize!

Food/Social Event Tickets

For entry into the Expo, educational sessions and ticketed social events, you must wear your name badge. Your badge will be scanned at the door for admission to education sessions and social events.


GEAPS Staff will be visible by their GEAPS logowear during the conference and you can always find someone at the Registration Center in the Convention Center lobby or the GEAPS Booth in the Expo Hall. If you have a question about the conference, or GEAPS in general, go ahead and ask. We want to help you!

If you have a question in advance of the conference, feel free to send an email or give us a call at (763) 999-4300.

Mobile App

The Exchange Mobile App includes all the in-depth info you need to plan your schedule, learn about education sessions and mark books you want to visit. The app includes:

  • Ability to mark booths you don’t want to miss on the interactive floorplan
  • See special offers from exhibitors with enhanced exhibitor listings
  • Read descriptions of every education session
  • Details, locations and times for networking events
  • Save events you don’t want to miss on the complete Exchange schedule

Download the GEAPS Exchange Mobile App

Packing For Exchange

Business Cards: You will be meeting a lot of colleagues within the industry, so be prepared to follow up after the show by exchanging business cards. A good place to stash your business cards is behind your name tag in the plastic sleeve. Just be careful not to accidentally give out someone else’s card!

Comfortable shoes: With an expo hall bigger than four football fields, you will spend quite a bit of time on your feet. This is not the time to break in new shoes. Bring your favorite standbys so you stay comfortable all week.

Tablet or Smartphone: The Exchange Mobile App is a great tool to help you make the most out of your time at Exchange. Whether you are using the interactive floor plan to connect with suppliers, taking notes on conversations with exhibitors or using the app to complete speaker evaluations, a mobile device with a big screen will be really helpful. The app is available on Android and Apple devices, just search for GEAPS in your app store. Don’t worry about the mobile app using up your data plan. Wireless internet will be complimentary to all attendees within the convention center.

Traveling to Columbus

Whether you are flying or driving to get to Columbus, everything you need to know about traveling to Columbus can be found on our Transportation and Parking page.

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