Meri Took, events industry stalwart and supporter, and Staging Rentals & Construction Services Founder and Director has been honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award at the recent Meetings and Events Australia (MEA) Annual Gala Awards in Malaysia.
The accolade, presented to Mr Took in Kuala Lumpur on 17 May, is richly deserved. Mr Took was a founding member of the Australian chapter of International Special Events Society (ISES), a regular supporter of various industry initiatives and a devotee and advocate of MEA.
He has produced the MEA Annual Awards Gala evening for the past five years and managed one of the longest running companies in the Australian events industry – Staging Rentals & Construction Services which he started in 1990.
Mr Took’s passion to see this industry thrive has been his pet project for more than 30 years.
“When I began Staging Rentals, we were the only company in Australia that could provide enough rental drapes for a convention centre hall. Since then, I have seen this industry grow, evolve and mature to become the highly competitive, exceptional sector that it is today – one that employs thousands of people and makes an enormous contribution to the national economy.
“I’ve always believed that you should contribute to the world in which you live; and give back where you can. I am truly honoured to accept this award and I am grateful for the recognition of my peers in the industry. In a small way I hope I have helped to carve out a wonderful industry that works hard – day and night – to deliver incomparable results for our clients,” said Mr Took.