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The Awards and Recognition Association


ARA_Logo.pngThe Awards and Recognition Association, commonly referred to as ARA, is a trade association whose membership consists of retailers and suppliers of awards, trophies, plaques or components of those items. The organization was established to promote the general welfare of the awards industry, the improvement of business methods within the industry, fellowship and relationships within the industry, and to establish educational services to its members. The association also seeks to promote the use and benefits of recognition products to the general public. ARA is a non-profit mutual benefit corporation organized under the Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation Law of the State of California.

Membership in the association is open to retailers, branches of retail members, suppliers, branches of supplier members, and affiliates of the awards and recognition industry subject to the membership policies laid out in the association’s bylaws. Applicants may also apply for honorary membership. Members receive free admission to ARA shows, a Recognition Review subscription, access to the membership directory, access to an online buyer's guide of supplier member products, discounts offered by supplier members, access to a panel of industry experts that assist product location and access to industry information through the association website.

It also offers shipping, health insurance and payroll services through affiliated national suppliers. Supplier members also receive discounts on exhibiting at ARA shows, free admission to ARA shows and discounts on advertising through the association.

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