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2020 Annual Conference - Exhibits
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The SAIS Annual Conference is the largest regional networking and educational event for independent school professionals in the Southeast. Becoming an exhibitor offers the opportunity to reach the 300+ decision-makers expected to attend, including heads of school, associate heads, division heads, academic deans, business officers, technology directors, development directors, admissions directors, and communications / marketing directors, among others. These leaders are seeking the latest products and services to help their schools better serve their students, families, and communities.

Visibility at SAIS will help increase awareness of your brand among these key personnel. Don’t miss THE gathering place to exchange ideas, expand your network, create new relationships, and discover beneficial opportunities with independent schools.


Sunday-Monday, October 18-19, 2020


Franklin Marriott Cool Springs, 700 Cool Springs Blvd, Franklin, TN 37067



  • SET-UP: 12:00-3:00 PM
  • SHOW HOURS: 3:00-7:00 PM
  • EXHIBITS OPEN: 4 hours


  • SHOW HOURS: 8:00 AM-6:30 PM
  • EXHIBITS OPEN10.5 hours


  6x30 Rectangular Exhibit Table
Through May 1
May 2 - July 3
After July 4



Your exhibitor fee includes:

  • Conference registration for Sunday and Monday (including meals provided) for up to two (2) booth personnel
  • Listing in the conference website
  • 6' x 30" rectangular table and 2 chairs (please note this is a table-top show)
  • Sign with logo at booth
  • Table host networking opportunity at the Monday lunch
  • Wifi & electricity
  • Mailing labels of all conference attendees as of September 18


  • We will contact you in September to ask for the names of your on-site personnel.
  • A maximum of two (2) personnel per booth will be allowed.
  • Conference registration for booth personnel is included.
  • All booth reps must be employees or representatives who receive commission, brokerage, or salary from the exhibitor.
  • Booth reps must be over the age of 21.
  • Please note that no suitcasing will be allowed.
  • No pets or animals allowed in the exhibit or meeting space.



You will select your booth when you register. Note that booth placement will be assigned IN THE ORDER RECEIVED. *Please note: Floor plans are subject to change and SAIS reserves the right to make adjustments as necessary. Floor plans may not immediately indicate ongoing and most recent changes.


Each exhibitor will have a 6' x 30" rectangular table and 2 chairs. Due to space restrictions, larger tables will not be available. If you require additional space, you may purchase two booths and we will place them together.

  • Signs that are wider than your allotted booth space and items that protrude into the aisle are prohibited.
  • Please note the designated set-up time. Early set-up will incur an additional $200 fee.
  • Booths not dismantled by the tear down time period will be broken down and put into storage at a $250 storage and handling fee. Shipping will incur an additional fee.
  • All food served in the exhibit hall must be procured from the hotel.
  • SAIS reserves the right to refuse any application for exhibit space and to restrict activities during the meeting that in the sole judgement of SAIS are not appropriate to the meeting's purpose.


Expand your visibility beyond the booth with a sponsorship. Three levels are available this year - Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Information about sponsorship is available at or by contacting Anna Taylor at or (678) 255-8912. 


Booths must be paid for at the time of reservation via MasterCard, Visa, AmEx, or Discover. Checks are not accepted for exhibit booths.


Reservations may be made by phone at (888) 236-2427.

  • Group rate = $164
  • Cut-off date = Saturday, September 26 or when the block is full


  • AIRPORT: Nashville International Airport (BNA)
  • GROUND TRANSPORTATION: The Franklin Marriott Cool Springs is located 20 miles from the Nashville International Airport. Please see the hotel's maps & transportation page.


  • SAIS Conference is state of the art. The topics are fantastic, the participants are friendly and engaging, and the SAIS staff is the gold standard. They work hard to make the experience as pleasant and easy as they can.
  • What I like best about SAIS is that the show is very well organized with little down or wasted time. Plus a big thank-you for understanding that vendors' time is valuable.
  • The event is, without question, one of the highlights of the season -- a forum that we find so valuable!
  • Excellent organization and well executed conference. There was always an SAIS staff person close by to guide, direct, answer questions, and help out. Incredible teamwork in action! Thanks for making this conference a pleasure to attend as a vendor. I felt part of the group and did not feel like an outsider, as is often the case at many conferences.
  • As a vendor, I found it very vendor-friendly ... I liked having the food close to the exhibits ... Meals were fabulous ... I love SAIS!
  • I have finally figured out why this is the best conference we attend. National conference can be too unwieldy. State conferences only have attendees from a specific state. At SAIS, school leaders who have known one another for a long time but now work in different places can reunite. As a result, the web of connections between participants is deeper, richer, and longer. This creates a congenial tone unmatched at other events and therefore makes the SAIS conference more productive than any other.
  • We liked that there were set times for the attendees to speak to the exhibitors; many other conferences expect attendees to find time to speak with us between sessions and that often does not happen. It was very organized and we knew exactly what to expect.


Any materials for your exhibit should be shipped directly to your attention (hold for arrival) to the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. Boxes will be received no earlier than October 14. Please use the following address and label format and if you have multiple boxes, please mark them 1 of 3 and so on. This will help the hotel find and organize your items.

Box # of #
2020 SAIS Annual Conference
Your Company Name, Booth #
c/o Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
700 Cool Springs Blvd
Franklin, TN 37067

Exhibit personnel in charge of setting up your booth should be aware of how and when all freight was shipped, tracking/pro numbers, and the carrier. This information is EXTREMELY important when trying to locate missing freight.  SAIS is not responsible for missing freight.

RETURN SHIPPING: We HIGHLY recommend bringing your own pre-printed shipping labels.


Booth cancellations received in writing to before August 31 will be refunded less a 20% processing fee. Cancellations received after August 31 are not eligible for a refund.


Registration, attendance at, or participation in SAIS meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant to SAIS’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image or voice in photographs, videos, electronic reproductions, and audio of such events and activities.


Contact Anna at or (678) 255-8912.

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