EEAA announces deets for end-of-year events, names awards finalists

The Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced three end-of-year events.

The industry body will be hosting its annual general meeting featuring the election of its executive committee, an invite-only CEO forum and the 2020 EEAA Awards for Excellence.

The three events will be broadcast live from the International Convention Centre Sydney on 8 December, as well as to an in-person audience at the venue, offering attendance to EEAA members and non-members across the country.

“Following a turbulent year for the exhibition and business events industry, we recognised the importance of bringing together industry leaders and the wider events community to cement our strategic framework for moving forward in 2021, and to provide a platform for industry members, where possible, to meet in-person,” EEAA chief executive Claudia Sagripanti said.

“We have designed an event program that will feature international guest commentators and senior leaders from the exhibition and business events community, to honour the important achievements of 2020 via the EEAA Awards for Excellence and celebrate the return of face-to-face events in 2021.”

The EEAA has also announced the finalists for its Unsung Hero and Richard Geddes Young Achievers awards as part of its Awards for Excellence.

The entrants were nominated by their employers and peers from across the organisers, venues and suppliers who perform a wide range of roles in the events industry.

The six finalists, including one joint nomination, for the Unsung Hero Award have been nominated for their driving force for change, resilience and their contribution to the success of their company and the industry.

The finalists are:

  • Jenna Cali – operations manager, Informa Australia
  • Kym De Britt – CEO, Australian Dental Industry Association
  • Helen Mantellato – business development manager, international and exhibition, ICC Sydney
  • Libbie Ray and Justin Prisuda – directors, Connected Event Group
  • Nicole Walker – CEO, Arinex

Finalists for the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award are all under 30 years of age and working within the EEAA Member community. The nominees are:

  • Sian Caton – marketing assistant, Diversified Communications Australia
  • Alysia McAuliffe – marketing executive, Reed Exhibitions Australia
  • Amy Saleh – program and speaker care manager, Hannover Fairs
  • Jack Weatherby-Fell – senior event manager, ICC Sydney

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