Welcome to AHEAD 2011:

Sustainable Access Through Partnership

AHEAD Annual Conference

July 11 - 16, 2011

Seattle, Washington

Sheraton Seattle and Washington State

Convention Center

Click here to download:

Exhibit & Marketing Opportunities Packet (full-color PDF)

Exhibit & Marketing Opportunities Packet (Word)


Exhibit Hall Schedule of Events

Exhibitor Presentation Information

Hotel Information

Exhibitor Application

Exhibitor Contract


Sponsorship Details

Sponsorship Application


Program Advertising & Marketing

Program Advertising & Marketing Application

Literature Distribution Details

Literature Distribution Application

Dear Colleague,

The Board of Directors and the 2011 Conference Planning Committee are excited to offer you an outstanding opportunity to reach AHEAD members through our 34th Annual Conference, July 11-16, 2011 in Seattle, WA. This packet outlines marketing opportunities available to your organization in conjunction with the Conference, to be held at the Sheraton Seattle and Washington State Convention Center.

All of the opportunities outlined in this packet are designed to reduce your costs while maximizing your outreach. AHEAD often negotiates customized sponsorship packages with organizations to fully meet their needs.  If you don’t see what you need, please let me know. In recognition of the need for organizations to maximize the impact of their marketing budgets, no prices for any of the opportunities here have been increased from last year’s pricing.

The AHEAD 2010 Conference attracted over 1,000 attendees from across North America, and ten other countries. As the AHEAD Conference continues to grow every year, I feel confident that you’ll find the 2011 Conference a great place to meet and introduce your organization to a vibrant group of Disability Professionals in higher education. I hope you will join us in Seattle for another outstanding conference event. Should you have any questions regarding marketing opportunities with AHEAD, please contact me directly at 704-947-7779 or robert@ahead.org.

Looking forward to seeing you in 2011!


Robert L. Plienis, Manager of Member Services

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Exhibit Hall Schedule of Events (Tentative)

In addition to the schedule below, exhibitors are welcome and encouraged to stay for, and participate in, the entirety of the 2011 AHEAD Conference that will begin with Preconference Institutes on Monday, July 11 (additional registration required) and end on Saturday, July 16.

Tuesday July 12, 2011
8:00 am - Noon
Decorator Move In
Noon - 5:00 pm Exhibitor Registration and Move In
Wednesday July 13, 2011
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Exhibitor Registration and Move In
2:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Grand Opening
  with Poster Session and Refreshments
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm President’s Reception in Exhibit Hall
Thursday July 14, 2011
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Exhibit Hall Open
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Exhibit Hall Open with Poster Session
  and Breakfast Served
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Cash and Carry Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Exhibitor’s Plenary in Exhibit Hall
  with Refreshments
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm Exhibitors and Decorator Move Out

Featured Exhibitor Product Presentation Opportunities

On Friday morning of the AHEAD conference, there will be a 75-minute time during which ten organizations will be able to present demonstration/descriptive sessions about their organization’s products and services.  These sessions are available for purchase to exhibiting organizations on a first come, first served basis.  Each session room will be set with tables and chairs appropriate for the seating capacity of the room, a screen, appropriate sound amplification equipment, an LCD projector, 20 amp power and cabling necessary to plug in the presenter’s laptop computer.

Cost: $375 for member organizations / $525 for non-member organizations        

Please attach a brief description of your proposed presentation to the Exhibitor’s Application and include: presenter info, title of presentation, name of presenter, presenter’s and affiliation.

Click here to download:

Exhibitor Booth Application (PDF)

Exhibitor Booth Application (Word)

and the

Exhibitor's Contract (Word)

Click here to download 2011 AHEAD Exhibit Hall Floorplan (PDF)

Hotel Information

The Sheraton Seattle

1400 6th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 621-9000


RATES:  $199 per night   Single / Double Occupancy

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AHEAD 2011 Conference Sponsorship Details

Headline your company by becoming a sponsor at the AHEAD Conference, and get exclusive access to Conference attendees. Act now to get the sponsorship level best suited for your organization, and use this unique opportunity to reach over 1,000 new customers. If you have another sponsorship idea, contact Robert Plienis, Manager of Member Services, at 704-947-7779 or robert@ahead.org. Most sponsorships include a) booth space and preferred location in exhibit hall, b) advertising space in conference program book, and c) literature distribution in all attendee’s registration materials. All sponsorships include printed sponsor logo on all signs, literature, materials, and ads related to the applicable event.

Overall Conference - $10,000 (up to three available) or $25,000 for exclusive sponsorship

Two booths

Product Demonstration Session

Full Page Ad

Up to three pamphlets/brochures for packet inclusion

Pre and post conference mailing list databases of members and attendees

Partner Membership in AHEAD for 2011

Up to four complimentary conference registrations

Lunch Banquet - $7,500 (up to two available) or $12,500 for exclusive sponsorship

Two booths

Full Page Ad

Up to two pamphlets/brochures for packet inclusion

Pre and post conference mailing list databases of members and attendees

Two complimentary conference registrations

President’s Reception - $6,000 (up to two available) or $10,000 for exclusive sponsorship

One booth

Full page ad

One pamphlet/brochure for packet inclusion

Pre and post conference mailing list databases of members and attendees

Breakfast Events – $5,000 (up to three available)

One booth

½ Page Ad

One Pamphlet/brochure for packet inclusion

Coffee Breaks - $3,500 (up to five available)

½ Page Ad

One pamphlet/brochure for packet inclusion

Tote Bags, Hotel Key Cards, Name Badge Lanyards - (Please call for pricing)

Logo on applicable product

One Booth

Full Page Ad

One pamphlet/brochure for packet distribution

Pre and post conference mailing list databases of members and attendees

Click here to download

Sponsorship Application (PDF)

Sponsorship Application (Word)

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Advertise in the on-site AHEAD CONFERENCE Program

The Conference Program contains all of the information pertaining to sessions, presenters, and activities. All conference attendees, speakers, and primary exhibitor representatives receive a copy at registration. An invaluable tool, the Conference Program is referred to many times during and after the event. 

Format for Conference Program: 8” x 10 ¾” black and white, off-set press.  Art must be camera-ready either in hard-copy laser print, or electronically in “tif” format at 600 dpi resolution or higher.

Advertising specifications

Full Page $600               7” x 9 ¾
Half Page $400               7” x 4 ¾
Quarter Page $250               3 ½ “ x 4 ½

Deadline for submitting an advertising order is May 6, 2011

Artwork for advertising must be submitted by May 20, 2011

Advance and Follow-up Marketing: Keys to Success

Exhibitors and advertisers may purchase an AHEAD member mailing list at a significantly reduced price of $250 (a $600 value). This benefit is your ticket to successful pre-show marketing, and will be sent to you in early May 2011.  Partner members receive a complimentary mailing list once AHEAD has processed your membership application. 

All exhibitors and advertisers are also entitled to order a conference attendee mailing list for a cost of $150, which will be delivered in August 2011. Both lists may be purchased for a reduced cost of $350.

Click here to download:

Program Advertising & Marketing Application (PDF)

Program Advertising & Marketing Application (Word)


You can have your literature prepackaged with every conference attendee’s registration materials! This is an effective and inexpensive way to capture the attention of over 1,000 AHEAD Conference attendees, prompting them to seek out your booth in the exhibit hall. Placing your literature in the registration packet is also a great option for those of you who are unable to attend the conference. 

Distribution costs

One brochure/pamphlet $350 $280
Two brochures/pamphlets $450 $360
Three brochures/pamphlets $550 $440
Additional per piece over three $100 $100

Your company is responsible for providing the brochures/pamphlets.

Please plan to provide at least 1,200 copies.

Click here to download:

Literature Distribution Application (PDF)

Literature Distribution Application (Word)