The Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia 2013 Awards for Excellence were announced last night at an emotional final gala event at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Over 300 guests paid tribute to the winners of the 16 categories and to the winners of the President’s Awards and Young Achiever Award.
The night included a special tribute to the staff of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre including video highlights of the Centre’s 25 years and a tribute song performed live by The Groove Academy.
Hosted by James O’Loghlin, the EEAA Awards recognise outstanding achievement within the industry and were judged by 35 independent judges. The awards were open to venues, suppliers and organisers.
In a departure from tradition, EEAA President Domenic Genua presented the Trevor Riddell President’s Award to two individuals recognising the unique contribution made by Debbie Evans, Managing Director, Reed Exhibitions Australia and Matt Pearce, Managing Director of Diversified Exhibitions Australia.
Over the past few years the industry has been under enormous pressure due to the closure of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Debbie Evans has been a lead advisor in the industry’s representation work and sought to find solutions that would assist the whole industry.
Matt Pearce was also recognised for his contribution to the Association for five years as its President. He played a major role in repositioning the EEAA and to setting it upon a course for the future. His leadership skills helped to create a strong culture that focussed on communicating and delivering the new direction.
EEAA President, Domenic Genua said that it was an honour to present the award to two outstanding contributors to the Association.
The 2013 Young Achiever Award was presented to Domenic Le Roy of Van Den Berg Design Team. Domenic is Operations Manager and Producer at the design company which specialises in exhibition design. He was nominated for his outstanding achievements.
The Best Australian Show Award went to – Good Food & Wine Show, Melbourne – Diversified Exhibition Australia. The Best New Zealand Show was awarded to BuildNZ | Designex – entered by XPO Exhibitions. Dog Lovers Show organised by Event Management International took out two awards – Best New Show and Best Consumer Show under 10,000M2.
EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said the competition across all categories was vigorous and members realise the commercial benefits that flow to both winners and finalists from this marque of distinction.
“The Awards also attracted outstanding support from sponsors and partners and we’d like to particularly thank our major partners FABframe and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. To be the last gala event at the Centre added a real poignancy to the night as we also farewell a venue that has been so much a part of the growth of our industry.”