Annual Conference 2020

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’sleadership 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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