Members of the Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA) voted in favour of an amendment to its constitution to increase the representation of “Organisers” from four to five.
The change is designed to ensure one of the positions on the Board is always held by an “Association Organiser”.
EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said a growing number of Associations that run exhibitions are joining the EEAA and the change to the constitution would ensure there was a designated Board position for this type of “Organiser”.
“Many industry Associations rely on their exhibitions to drive revenue to fund their organisations – they represent an important and growing area of membership in the EEAA and this change ensures they have a designated seat at the Board table.” Ms DiMascio said.
Industry Associations that are members of the EEAA include: Aerospace Maritime and Defence Foundation of Australia; Audited Media Association of Australia; Australian Dental Industry Association; Australian Gift and Homewares Association; Australian Toy Association; Boating Industry Association of NSW; Gaming Technologies Association; Pet Industry Association of Australia; and Visual Industries Suppliers Association.
The change to the constitution was supported overwhelmingly by members at the Annual General Meeting held at the Sydney Showground.
Members also voted for the EEAA Board positions that were up for renewal.
Domenic Genua, from the Boating Industry Association of NSW was reappointed as President.
In his President’s Report, Mr Genua spoke about the strength of the EEAA and its achievements. He said the organisation was in great shape and had risen to the challenges of representing its members during a period of change.
EEAA Treasurer, Bob O’Keeffe said the organisation was in a strong financial position and well positioned to continue to service its members.
Throughout the day, Sydney Showground showcased the flexibility of its new pavilion as EEAA rolled through five different events for its members starting with its Board meeting, 2014 Suppliers Forum, Annual General Meeting, Networking Drinks and finally the EEAA Young Stars & Leaders Table.
EEAA 2014/2015 Executive Committee is:
President – Domenic Genua, Boating Industry Association of NSW
Vice President – Matt Pearce, Diversified Communications Australia
Treasurer – Bob O’Keeffe, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Secretary – Jo-Anne Kelleway, Info Salons Group
Jim Delahunty – ExpoNet
Debbie Evans – Reed Exhibitions
Ian Ferguson – Harry the Hirer
Peter King – Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Helen Mantellato – International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney
Bob Moore – Agility Fairs and Events
Harvey Stockbridge – Informa Exhibitions
Peter Thorpe – Sydney Showground
New to the Board is Ian Ferguson. Helen Mantellato was re-elected in her new capacity after stepping down last year after the closure of the SCEC. Jim Delahunty, Bob Moore, Peter King, and Peter Thorpe were all re-elected after renominating. Domenic Genua was reappointed as there was not a ballot in the “Organiser” category.
EEAA held five key events at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park on Wednesday 21 May:
- EEAA Board Meeting
- EEAA 2014 Suppliers Forum
- EEAA Annual General Meeting
- Post-AGM Networking Drinks
- EEAA Young Stars & Leaders Table