Special Events

ATSSA’s 2018 Annual Convention & Traffic Expo is ideal for making new contacts, networking and meeting roadway safety professionals who are crucial to your future. ATSSA offers many opportunities to meet industry leaders, business professionals and peers, including the Chairman’s Reception, Opening General Session, Circle of Innovation, and more!

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Special Event Dates:


  • CC = Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 900 E. Market Street
  • HH = Headquarters Hotel, San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk, 889 E. Market Street
  • Chairman's Reception = San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street
Saturday, January 27
6 - 7:30 p.m. Chairman's Reception (Ticket Required) Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie Street
  The Chairman's Reception marks the first official networking event of ATSSA's Convention & Traffic Expo. Meet industry colleagues and new acquaintances at this annual favorite.  

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Sunday, January 28
9 - 11:30 a.m. Opening General Session and Breakfast (Ticket Required) CC, Ballroom C
  Don’t miss the Opening General Session’s TIM Talks—Training, Innovation & Membership Talks—which is ATSSA’s spin on the popular TED Talks. The focus will be on the industry’s current status, innovative progress, key challenges and the need for a long-term transportation and infrastructure funding solution on Jan. 28. Presentations will include ATSSA’s actions to continue its position as the leader of the roadway safety industry. The Opening General Session will stress the importance of roadway safety in the quest to save lives and reach zero deaths on the nation’s roadways.

Ross Shafer (top right), a six-time Emmy award-winning comedian and writer, bestselling author and former network television host, will host the Opening General Session.

Greg Lindsay (bottom right), an expert on innovation, will discuss the future of autonomous vehicles and their global impact.

Learn more about these and other TIM Talks speakers

Noon - 5:30 p.m. ATSSA Innovation Awards CC, Exhibit Hall 4
  A panel of industry leaders will select the most innovative products and services for the prestigious ATSSA Innovation Awards. The judges will visit each of the exhibitors participating in this event to personally evaluate and examine the new product or service. The first, second and third place winning companies and their products will receive an ATSSA Innovation Award trophy and feature stories in ATSSA publications.

Winners announced on Monday, January 29 during ATSSA's Circle of Innovation event (8:30 - 10 a.m., Room 214).
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2 - 3 p.m. New Member Welcome (By Invitation Only) CC, Exhibit Hall 4, ATSSA Pavilion #534
  If you’re new to ATSSA, this is the ideal opportunity to meet other new members and learn how to make the most of ATSSA in daily business operations. ATSSA’s board of directors and staff will be there to welcome you.  
3 - 5 p.m. ATSSA's New Products Rollout Event CC, Room 214
  With a limit of no more than 15 ATSSA Traffic Expo exhibitors, this event is a standing-room-only forum. Presenters feature the newest and most innovative products and services for the road safety industry to convention attendees and media. Exhibitors may also apply separately to vie for a chance to win a prestigious ATSSA Innovation Award.
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6 - 7 p.m. Public Agency Official's Reception (By Invitation Only) LaQuinta Inn Riverwalk,
303 Blum Street,
Crockett Room
  Recipients of the 2018 Public Agency Scholarships are invited to attend this reception to increase their networking and scholarship benefits. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.  

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Monday, January 29
8:30 - 10 a.m. ATSSA's Circle of Innovation (By Invitation Only, Ticket Required) CC, Room 214
  This exciting, fast-paced event provides state department of transportation roadway and safety engineers a unique opportunity to present their unmet needs to ATSSA manufacturers and installers, who will be present in a vibrant, theater-style setting...read more.

ATSSA Innovation Award Winners will also be announced during this event.

This session is not open to the media.
11:30 - 11:45 a.m. ATSSA Innovation Awards Recognition Ceremony CC, Exhibit Hall 4, ATSSA Pavilion #534
  Following the announcement of the winners during ATSSA's Circle of Innovation, a ceremony will be held in the ATSSA Pavilion to recognize the first, second and third place winners of the ATSSA Innovation Awards.
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1 - 2 p.m. Meet Your Chapter Liaison CC, Exhibit Hall 4, ATSSA Pavilion #534
  Do you have questions about ATSSA chapter involvement? Are you wondering what benefits the ATSSA chapter network might have for you? Are you looking to get more out of your membership dollars and the biggest bang for your buck or increasing your member value? All ATSSA Chapter Liaisons will be available to meet with you at the ATSSA Pavilion. Stop by and meet your ATSSA Chapter Liaison.  

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