Convention Primer

First-timer Tips (A Convention Primer)

Planning your trip to the 2022 PTG Convention & Technical Institute can seem overwhelming, so we’ve created this guide to help you get the most out of your visit.

How the PTG Convention & Technical Institute Works

From the outside, a convention can be intimidating, but if you know how things are organized it can help make sense of it all. Feel free to stop by the Institute Team office if you have questions. You can also find class updates and additional resources posted outside their office.

2022 Institute Team

  • Robin Olson, RPT, Director
  • Morgan Cowell, RPT
  • John Gallen
  • Ingrid Kraft, RPT
  • Brian Fox
  • Bruce Stevens, RPT, AV Coordinator
  • Sandy Roady, Convention Coordinator


Classes start on Wednesday, August 3 and continue through Saturday, August 6. There are four or five periods per day with short breaks in between periods. Some classes will be repeated to help you build a schedule. You don’t have to pre-register for most of the classes. They are included in your registration fee and you can set your own schedule. There are a few that have an additional fee, but these are marked in the class descriptions and on the registration form.

The Institute Team has paid special attention to providing classes for every skill level. Designated skill levels for each class can be found just before the title of the class in the class descriptions. Skill levels are: (E) Everyone, (I) Intermediate, (B) Basic, (A) Advanced.

If you have any questions about classes, please drop by the Institute Office.

Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall has something for every technician. It’s an opportunity to learn more about a product or a company before you make a purchase. You’ll find plenty of special offers and discounts as you shop. The Exhibit Hall opens at noon on Wednesday. Visit the Exhibitors & Sponsors page to see who is coming.

Discounts & Deals

Special Offer for First-Time Convention Attendees
PTG members can save $300 on any 2022 registration.
Available to PTG Members Only.
Coupons and discounts cannot be combined. Limit one convention deal per registration. Coupons cannot be transferred or redeemed for cash value. Special deals only available with registration by phone.

Hotel Amenities for PTG Convention Attendees

When you stay at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, take advantage of these specials and amenities:
PTG Specials
  • Ten percent (10%) discount at hotel outlets for attendees; offer is not valid for alcoholic beverages or Starbucks.
  • Discounted self-parking at $20.00 for all registered hotel guests. Valet will be at prevailing rates.
  • A wide variety of restaurants and stores within walking distance of the hotel.
  • Complimentary access to heated outdoor pools, recreation deck, and 24-Hour StayFit Gym.
  • Complimentary wireless Internet in guest rooms, lobby, restaurants and public areas.
  • Bar / lounge
  • Game room
  • Kids' outdoor play equipment
  • Restaurants
  • Convenience store
  • Gift shop
Reserve your room online, or call 714-750-1234 or 877-803-7534.
Ask for the PTG Group Rate. Deadline for guaranteed room rates is Friday, July 8, 2022.

Discounted room rates valid for three days before and three days after the convention.


Your guests are welcome to attend evening events and to visit the Exhibit Hall.

The Golden Hammer Banquet on Saturday night requires a ticket. Every Full Pass registration includes a Golden Hammer Banquet ticket. Guest tickets are available for purchase when you register or from the PTG Registration Desk through Wednesday noon.

We ask that all guests register for a complimentary name badge. Drop by the PTG Registration Desk to have one made.  

If you need anything or have additional questions during the convention, please visit the PTG Registration Desk. We’re looking forward to meeting you.