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DPHA Annual Conference and Product Showcase


The 2015 Annual Conference and Product Showcase will be held from October 15th through the 17th at the Hilton at Torry Pines, La Jolla, CA.

The hotel sits atop the cliffs in the Torrey Pines State Reserve and overlooks the legendary Torrey Pines Golf Course and the majestic Pacific Ocean. It's a beautiful property that has undergone a complete renovation. All of the guest rooms were remodeled within the last year, and offer a view of the gardens, golf course or the Pacific horizon.

Amenities include the Spa at Torrey Pines, heated pool, fitness center and a world class, U.S. Open golf course. DPHA will also be hosting a golf outing in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 14th. After all, how can we resist teeing it up at this venue?

The hotel is located approximately 20 minutes from the San Diego Airport, and is a five-minute drive to the heart of La Jolla, renowned for its shopping, dining and majestic views.

Rooms under the DPHA room block have now been sold out at the Hilton, but if you want to stay at the hotel and pay a rate higher than the $189 we negotiated, call 877-414-8020 and tell the agent that you are attending the DPHA Conference - they might be able to accommodate you.

But wait, there is good news regarding hotel rooms. We also negotiated this same fantastic rate of $189 per night (plus tax) at the Embassy Suites in La Jolla, and we are working on arranging a shuttle service that will operate between the two hotels. To reserve a room at the Embassy Suites in La Jolla, call 858-453-0400 and tell the agent that you are attending the DPHA Conference, or click here.

The Program and Showcase Committee, under the astute leadership of Gary Erickson (Renaissance Design Studio) and Richard Campbell (Belmont Hardware), will again offer dynamic programs and top-notch speakers who will present customized presentations to meet the specific needs of decorative plumbing and hardware dealers, manufacturers and representatives.

Conference Registration is now open! To download the Conference Prospectus and Registration form, please click here, or go to the "2015 Conference On-Line Sign-up" tab on the Members-Only side of the web site to register on-line. Please note though that on-line registration can be done with credit card payments only.

There are 60 exhibit spaces (10' wide by 8' deep) available for the 2015 DPHA Product Showcase, and applications for booth spaces will be issued sometime around the first of May. If you are interested in displaying in front of the most important group of showroom owners in North America, send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and he will add you to the waiting list. Given the response from last year's conference, the Showcase is all but guaranteed to sell out.

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The schedule for the conference is as follows, although a more detailed listing will be forthcoming when the schedule and speakers have been finalized.

Wednesday, October 14th:
  • 1 to 6 p.m. Golf Outing (Probable)
  • 2 to 5 p.m. - EXCO Meeting
Thursday, October 15th:
  • 7 a.m. to Noon - Board of Directors Meeting
  • 1 to 5 p.m. - Exhibitor Move-in
  • 1 to 3 p.m. - Awards Committee Meeting
  • 1 to 3 p.m. - Education Committee Meeting
  • 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. - Membership Committee
  • 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. - Council of Fellows Meeting
  • 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. - DPHA 5K Fun Run/Walk
Friday, October 16th:
  • 7:30 to 9 a.m. - Product Showcase Open
  • 7:30 to 9 a.m. - Breakfast
  • 9:00 to 10 a.m. - Opening, President's Welcome, and Product of the Year Awards Announcement
  • 10 a.m. to Noon - Keynote Address and Workshop: The Hitman's Guide to Competition Removal - How to Win in an Overcrowded World - How to Stand Out in a Sea of Competition, presented by Steve Brazell
  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. - Afternoon Session #1; Designers are From Mars, Showrooms are from Venus - How to Become the Go-To Resource for Your Design Community, presented by Annette Wildenauer (Sponsored by Ronbow)
  • 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. - Afternoon Session #2: Why Does That Faucet Cost So Much? - How to Charge Higher Prices and Get Your Customers to Thank You for It, presented by Scott Sorrell
  • 6 to 8:30 p.m. - Reception in Exhibit Hall
Saturday, October 17th:
  • 8:00 to 9 a.m. - Breakfast in Exhibit Hall
  • 8:00 to 12:00 p.m. - Product Showcase
  • 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. - Awards Luncheon
  • 2 to 3:30 p.m. - Afternoon Session #1: Never Settle for the Tallest Pygmy - Cracking the Personality Code to Hire Right the First Time, presented by Dana Borowska
  • 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. - Afternoon Session #2: Show Me the Money - How to Determine What Your Business is Worth, presented by Lee Resnick
  • 7 to 10:30 p.m. - Closing Banquet
Sunday, October 18th:
  • 8 to 9 a.m. - Program & Showcase Committee Meeting
  • 9 to 11 a.m. - Board of Directors Meeting
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We would also like to take another moment to thank our 2015 Corporate and Conference sponsors, whose support remains essential for our success -

                                                             2015 CONFERENCE SPONSORS -

SATURDAY NIGHT BANQUET SPONSOR -

Purcell Murray logo                                                          

SATURDAY AWARDS LUNCHEON SPONSOR -                       RECEPTION SPONSOR -

Alno Inc. logo                                                          ROHL logo

FRIDAY LUNCHEON SPONSOR -                                              LANYARD SPONSOR -

Franke logo                                                           LPG Buying Group logo

GOLF OUTING SPONSOR -

Pentair Everpure logo

BREAKFAST SPONSORS -

ACS logo                         Hansgrohe USA logo                         Purcell Murray logo                         Steamist logo                        

BAR SPONSORS -

Barber Wilsons logo             Julien logo             Purcell Murray logo                         Ronbow logo                        




                                                             2015 CORPORATE SPONSORS -


Platinum Sponsors

Ginger - Newport Brass logo


Gold Sponsor

Franke logo GRAFF logo Phylrich logo


Silver Sponsors

Alno logo BainUltra logo Barber Wilsons logo Laufen logo
Lenova logo MTI Baths logo Rohl logo Victoria + Albert logo


Bronze Sponsors

Baci logo Blanco logo California Faucets logo Dornbracht logo Hastings logo Keuco logo
Mountain Plumbing Products logo Mr. Steam logo Schock America logo Steamist logo Thermasol logo TOTO logo