Join us for This year’s GHTA Annual Conference!

The 2019 GHTA Annual Conference will be held November 13-15, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ. 


Conference Agenda

Below is an outline of the 2019 conference agenda structure. This agenda style is based on the great success of and response to our 2018 conference from attendees. The content itself will highlight topics that are timely and important to our industry.

Some agenda topic highlights for this year include: Staying Ahead of 2020-2021 Market Trends; Sourcing Tips for Growing Manufacturers; Building Your Brand and Marketing Strategy; Ways to Standout in a Cluttered Market, and more. Agenda topics and outline subject to change. Full keynote speaker, breakout session, and entertainment details coming soon. Agenda outline is subject to change.

Pre-Conference: Tuesday, November 12

  • Attendees start to arrive in Phoenix

Day 1: Wednesday, November 13

  • Attendees continue arriving in Phoenix

  • 12:00PM: Conference registration check-in opens

  • 2:00PM: Conference Day 1 kick-off + keynote speaker + GHTA Annual Business Meeting, including induction of new board

  • 6:30PM - 9:00PM: Evening social event

Day 2: Thursday, November 14

  • 7:00AM: Registration opens & breakfast is served

  • 8:00AM: Conference Day 2 kick-off + full day of breakouts and keynote speakers

  • 5:00PM: Conference Day 2 ends

  • 6:30PM - 9:00PM: Evening social event

Day 3: Friday, November 15

  • 7:00AM: Registration opens & breakfast is served

  • 8:00AM : Conference Day 3 kick-off + breakout workshops + keynote speaker

  • 12:00PM: Conference concludes

  • Attendees depart Phoenix and head home sweet home!

hotel accommodations

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Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

We will be returning to the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ for this year’s conference. Our return to this resort is due to the overwhelming praise for the property and requests to go back for a second year in a row.

GHTA Group Rate: $179/night + $10 resort fee (below amenities included) and applicable fees/taxes. The rate will also be available 3 days prior and 3 days after the Conference, based on hotel occupancy, for anyone that would like to extend their stay. Please note: GHTA cannot guarantee extended stay rates, as it is based on hotel occupancy and availability.

Resort Fee Includes:

  • Unlimited Internet access in guest rooms and lobby areas

  • Access to the Aji Spa Fitness - Workout Room

  • Complimentary bottled waters in-room, replenished daily

  • Any local, long distance (domestic), and 1-800 guest room calls

  • Expanded shuttle service to the new Phoenix Premium Outlets

  • Tennis court and full tennis equipment rental (based on availability)

About the property: Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is a truly transformative resort experience. Located just a short drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, this Native American-owned luxury hotel feels a world away from everyday life. The resort has strived to maintain the heritage and culture of the Gila River Indian Community throughout the resort, preserving a sense of authenticity at every turn. Spend your days enjoying a round of golf at Whirlwind Golf Club, pampering yourself at Aji Spa or making a splash at the four resort pools. The resort also offers dining options to please every palate including Kai, the state's only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star award-winning restaurant.

Thinking about bringing your family to stay the weekend, post-conference? Great news -- there’s something for every member of the family at the Sheraton Grand Resort at Wild Horse Pass. Splash around in one of their four pools with waterfalls and 111-foot waterslide. Discover horseback riding at the Koli Equestrian Center with lessons, trail rides, and outdoor events. For younger guests, the Sheraton Adventure Club offers daily activities. For a more active adventure, experience the tennis courts and extensive jogging/walking trails. Or enjoy a boat ride to Rawhide or Whirlwind Golf Club on the 2 ½ mile river that surrounds the resort. For additional off-site local attractions, please click here.

Airport + Transit

The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ is a short, 15-minute ride from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport [PHX] and 15 miles from downtown Phoenix. Self-parking at the hotel is complimentary.


Attendees will want to utilize the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport [PHX] for the most convenient arrival and departure.

Transportation Options

Directions to hotel from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

  • Take AZ-143 South

  • Merge onto I-10 East toward Tucson

  • Exit Wild Horse Pass Blvd

  • Turn right onto Wild Horse Pass Blvd

  • Continue on Wild Horse Pass Blvd through two signal lights

  • Follow the signs onto to the resort grounds and guest registration

2019 Conference Attendee Roster

This section will feature a roster of those registered for the 2019 GHTA Annual Conference, as registrations are submitted. Have questions? Email the GHTA office at [email protected].

Paul Grolemund

Casafina Living
Matt Hullfish

Dallas Market Center
Kelly Bristol
Helen Smith
Joan Ulrich
Richard Wisnieski

Marisa Lytle

Diverse Marketing
Wes Hardin
Ben Killberg
Kim Kramer
Kari VeZain

Giftbeat Magazine
Erica Kirkland

William Kyle
Randee Suzer

Mary Sullivan

Next Step Reps
Jackie Moon

Now Designs
Sushil Arora


registration rates

The 2019 GHTA Annual Conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, AZ, November 13-15.

Member Rates (GHTA & GSMA)

> Until May 31: $599 per person*
> June 1 - November 12: $699 per person

*GHTA and GSMA members that register by May 31st also have the opportunity to participate in a two-installment payment plan. First half of the fee is due at the time of registration; the second will be charged to the card on file 60 days later.

Non-Member Rates

> Until November 12: $849 per person