Annual Conference


Online Registration is Closed – Attendees who have not registered may do so onsite, starting October 2nd – Registration is located at West Concourse, 2nd Floor, of Amway Grand Plaza

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Our 26th Annual Conference will be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, home to current secretariat Grand Valley State University. As with every year, be prepared for three engaging and informative days of panels, research presentations, knowledgeable speakers, professional networking and more.

Registration Information

Registration is now open! Conference registration includes admission to all conference sessions, breakfast on each day of the conference, admission to the Friday Awards Luncheon and admission to receptions on Thursday and Friday evening.

Early Registration Regular Registration
All Prices in US Dollars Closed Online Closed, will be available Onsite
ABFM/ASPA Member $200 $230
Non-Member $270 $310
Student $100 $115
One-Day Attendance $175 $175

Hotel Information


A Four-Start Hotel with Two-Star Prices!

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Or call 1-800-253-3590

The Amway Grand is in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, and has been making history since the original hotel – The Pantlind – opened in 1913. Fashioned after English Adams architecture by designers Warren & Wetmore, the hotel’s special details included one of the world’s largest gold-leaf ceilings in the Pantlind lobby. By 1925, The Pantlind was rightfully ranked “One of the Ten Finest Hotels in America.” That distinguished history paved the way for the new Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Conference attendees can stay in the luxurious rooms for $134 per night.

The hotel has 682 exceptionally well-appointed rooms, and 9 restaurants and lounges, as well as 24-hour room service, high speed internet in all rooms, full fitness center with indoor pool, and numerous shops. The hotel is connected by skywalk to Van Andel Arena home of the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team, DeVos Convention Center, and DeVos Performance Hall, where Broadway Grand Rapids, the Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Grand Rapids Symphony, and Opera Grand Rapids perform.

Check out these agenda books from our past conferences by clicking on the images below!