The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Members turned up in force for a day-long program of meetings and workshops coinciding with the 2015 Annual General Meeting at Sydney Royal Stables, Sydney Showground.
In his report to Members, EEAA President, Domenic Genua said the Association remained focussed on delivering programs that help the prosperity of its Members.
“All efforts, be it advocacy, research, marketing, education programs, or the simple delivery of market intelligence must point to providing you with an opportunity to improve your business position.
“I am proud of our Association work and it remains very focussed, nimble in responding to issues, stable membership and staffing, strong in our financial position – and most of all, highly engaged with the Membership.” he said.
Mr Genua reported that the EEAA Five Year Strategy had a goal of lifting the expo sector’s profile in the marketing industry so that exhibitions and their associated events can get a bigger share of the marketing spend.
“This is a major challenge and one that the Association has made a priority. A strategic repositioning of the sector is what is needed – it can be done. That’s our industry’s challenge.” he said.
Mr Genua said feedback from Members showed there was a high level of satisfaction with the work of the Association. This is very pleasing and a testament to the hard work of the volunteer Board and staff.” he said.
Seven of 13 Board positions appointments were announced:
Spiro Anemogiannis – Informa Australia
Matt Pearce – Diversified Communications Australia
Brian Thomas – Reed Exhibitions Australia
Richard Hogan – Australian Gift & Homewares Association
Bob O’Keeffe – Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Paul Elliott – Harry the Hirer
Jo-Anne Kelleway – Info Salons Group
They join mid-term Board Members:
Jim Delahunty (ExpoNet), Domenic Genua (BIA NSW & SA), Peter King (MCEC), Helen Mantellato (ICC Sydney), Peter Thorpe (Sydney Showground), Robert Moore (Agility Fairs and Events).
At the Annual General Meeting, the Association paid tribute to the Members who support the Association including a growing list of Platinum and Gold Partners. EEAA also acknowledged the support of Sydney Showground and Microhire throughout the day.