Annual Conference 2020

It's time.

You’ve been patient. Your association pivoted and re-imagined our fall event. The goal for the AIM/R Virtual Meeting is simple: To maintain connectivity while we are apart. Plug-in with your industry peers for 12 hours of content spanning over 2 days, all from the comfort of your seat. Check out the Schedule of Events below!


Visit the Sponsor Gallery

AIM/R is grateful for our sponsors who make the Association’s events possible. To secure a Sponsorship Opportunity in 2020, click here or scroll down the the Sponsorship Details section.

A list of our current 2020 Sponsors is below.


Registration Details

    • Individuals must be current employees of an AIM/R Member Company to register and participate in AIM/R's Virtual Meeting 2020. If you receive a prompt stating that your membership has "expired", please STOP and contact AIM/R at or 630.942.6581 before proceeding.

     Registration Options


    Virtual Meeting Only

    Save Dollars Bundle**

    Virtual Meeting + 2021 Annual Conference


    $100 US / person

    (Attend on October 22nd – 23rd)


    Vendor Exhibits are available for Service Providers. Please contact AIM/R at for details and packages.


    $500 US / person


    (Attend right before 4:00 PM central on October 22nd and all day on October 23rd)

    $775 US / person

    Rep Agents

    (Attend on October 22nd – 23rd)

    *How do I participate in R.I.S.E. and R.A.M. Roundtables?

    Individual registrants will be contacted regarding participation in the R.I.S.E. and R.A.M. Roundtables.

    • Rep Agents attend R.I.S.E. Roundtables.
    • Rep Agents and Manufacturers attend R.A.M. Roundtables.

    **What is a Bundle?

    You can do that when you register for the AIM/R Virtual Meeting 2020. Commit to both the Virtual Meeting 2020 and the AIM/R 49th Annual Conference (Sept. 29th – Oct. 2nd, 2021) in San Diego, California and save $50. Select the appropriate registration package for either Rep Agent or Manufacturer. The discount applies to the lead registrant on the record.

    Cancellation Clause and Registration Deadline

    CANCELLATION POLICY: Tickets for the AIM/R Virtual Meeting 2020 are refundable until September 1, 2020. Cancellations must be received in writing by this date at Registration by October 1, 2020 is required.

    Sponsorship Details

    AIM/R is pleased to introduce its Sponsorship Program for the very first Virtual Meeting. There are several price points for any budget. 


    • AIM/R will follow-up with all Sponsors in writing.
    • Sponsor Materials are due to AIM/R on September 15, 2020.



    Virtual Meeting Experience

    What is the Virtual Meeting time commitment?

    Thursday, October 22nd : 9:45 AM - 4:30 PM Central

    • Rep Agents: All Day
    • Manufacturers: Happy Hour Reception only (Join just before 4:00 PM Central)


    Friday, October 23rd : Noon - 4:15 PM Central

    • Rep Agents: All Day
    • Manufacturers: All Day

    Schedule is subject to change.

    What will I learn?

    The line-up for the Virtual Meeting includes some of your AIM/R-favorites but in a new format. The detailed AIM/R Virtual Meeting 2020 Schedule of Events can be found HERE.

    • Manufacturer/Rep content
    • Updates from key national Wholesale partners
    • Sessions on Best Practices for those calling on customers in a COVID world
    • Rep and Manufacturer (R.A.M.) Roundtables
    • Rep Information / Solution Exchange (R.I.S.E.)
    • Membership Town Hall
    • Bylaws Update
    • Vendor Exhibits
    • Video Tributes for where the association has been and is headed
    • A Happy Hour with Gamification!

    What happens next?

    Our partner for the Virtual Meeting – PAVT – will follow-up via e-mail with each registrant no later than one week before the event. That e-mail will contain the link(s) for joining the live event in October. You will also receive specific instructions regarding the Roundtables (R.A.M. and R.I.S.E., if applicable). Finally, you will receive an e-mail from AIM/R during mid-October with reminders and tips for a seamless participation experience in 2020.

    Questions? We are still open. Contact AIM/R at at 630.942.6581.

    Postponed. Never Cancelled.

    San Diego in 2021

    Dear Industry Partner:

    Things have changed quite a bit in our communities, countries, and world in the past several weeks. Every industry and business is re-evaluating its next steps, and AIM/R is no different.

    AIM/R’s Board of Directors has reviewed and discussed several options for the AIM/R 48th Annual Conference (Sept. 16 – 19, 2020) in San Diego, California. In so doing, the Board considered many factors, including: participation levels, the economy, consumer confidence, travel restrictions, fiscal responsibility, possible new outbreaks of COVID-19, the availability of speakers and the tenor of both the educational and social programming.

    After careful consideration of these and other factors, as well as possible alternatives, AIM/R’s leadership has determined that the Annual Conference will be rescheduled for Sept. 29 – Oct. 2, 2021, at the Grand Manchester Hyatt San Diego. The face-to-face Annual Conference in San Diego will be the AIM/R’s 49th. In addition, AIM/R will hold a virtual meeting in Fall 2020 that will have educational content and will address the business of the Association as required by AIM/R’s Bylaws. The date for the virtual meeting will be announced this summer. This event will be AIM/R's 48th Annual Conference (but hopefully its first and last virtual one).

    Registration fees for badges for the original dates of Sept. 16 – 19, 2020, will be refunded by the AIM/R within the next 30 – 45 days. Guestroom reservations at the Grand Manchester Hyatt San Diego under the official AIM/R Block will be cancelled by the hotel. Deposits will be refunded. If you made reservations outside of the AIM/R Block at the Hyatt or at another hotel in San Diego, please contact the hotel to cancellation your reservations.

    In the meantime, know that your Association is still open and working for you! You might have seen our April series of Webinars: Managing Disruption – A Discussion for Rep Agencies in Navigating a COVID-19 Word; The First US Mandated Paid Leave with Nancye Combs, AEP, SPHR; and The Upside and Downside to the Market with John Vrablic, T.I.P.S. 4 Reps. There are more e-Learnings to come this May. In addition, a mini Virtual Conference is being considered for Spring 2021. Stay tuned for these developments with AIM/R.

    AIM/R greatly appreciates your continued patience and support during this difficult time. We look forward to better days ahead for all of us and seeing you in San Diego in 2021. If you have any questions, please contact AIM/R at or at 630.942.6581.

    Stay healthy.

    Rick Root, 2020 Chairman of the Board
    Mike Powers, CPMR, 2020 Conference Chair


    The Association of Independent Manufacturers'/ Representatives, Inc. (AIM/R) is a trade association of independent sales representatives in the plumbing, HVAC/R, kitchen/bath, waterworks, irrigation and related industries. AIM/R members are the top agencies and manufacturers in the industry.

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