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EEAA 2018 awards recognise industry excellence and service

EEAA 2018 awards recognise industry excellence and service
December 6, 2018

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) annual Awards for Excellence honoured the industry’s highest achieving shows, venues, suppliers, teams and individuals, with special tributes paid to its rising stars and unsung heroes.

At its 26th gala event, held at ICC Sydney’s Grand Ballroom, the Association’s community celebrated the important role of individuals to the success of the Association and the wider business event industry. 

In only the second year of the Unsung Hero Award category, judges named two winners, Mark Magennis, Managing Director of Decorative Events & Exhibitions and Stephen Steenson, Operations Director, Reed Exhibitions Australia. There were six nominees.

Rising star, Georgie Chapman-Burgess from Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) was awarded the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award and the inaugural Tourism Australia scholarship to attend the UFI Asia-Pacific Congress in Tokyo in March 2019.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, commended the judges for their decision to choose two outstanding winners for the Unsung Hero Award as both individuals were quiet achievers dedicated to their customers, staff and the industry.

“Mark Magennis and Stephen Steenson are widely respected for their passion and competency – both help others to shine through their wise counsel and support.”

Mark Magennis has dedicated his 25 year career to building a small business into a highly successful big employer of 80 full-time and 30 casual staff. He has achieved this with his partner, Peter Fulton, the company’s creative director. Mark has been at the helm since 2002, working initially from his small apartment. The Decorative Events & Exhibitions premises now spans 6,600metres2 of warehouse and showroom facilities in Mascot, Sydney. He was nominated for the award by his staff who believes he is an exemplary, inclusive and inspiring leader.

Stephen Steenson has worked with Reed Exhibitions since 2003 in operations and also in the show teams. He is the “go to” man for advice and guidance not only within Reed Exhibitions but in the wider industry. He played a key role in the industry during the closure of the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and the relocation to Glebe Island and return to ICC Sydney running the first events in each and generously sharing his learnings.
Organisers look up to him and younger people are inspired by him and the Association can always count on him to contribute his knowledge for the greater good.

EEAA President, Spiro Anemogiannis extended his congratulations to Mark Magennis and Stephen Steenson and also to Georgie Chapman-Burgess, winner of the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award.

The Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award nominees also included: Aiden Hippensteel from ICC Sydney, Tom McAlister from Reed Exhibitions Australia, Rosie Mitchell from Reed Exhibitions Australia, Jasmine Pohl from Adelaide Convention Centre and Alyssa Pullar from Exhibitions & Events Australia.

“We are immensely grateful to Tourism Australia for funding this opportunity and to Ungerboeck Software International for their continued support of the award category.” Ms DiMascio said.

Chair of Judges, John Trevillian AM said there were 35 judges, 9 were international and this ensured entries were assessed by those who work in a global context. 

“Each of the categories was judged by three independent judges. We thank them all for their time and expertise and commitment to the industry,” he said.

Reed Exhibitions Australia took out this year’s Best Show Award for Play World Australia, a new to market show that targeted the children’s market and entered the Hall of Fame for Best Association Event with PAX Australia for Interactive Games & Entertainment Association after taking out the award for three consecutive years. 

The Best Corporate Citizenship Award was won by the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre for the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project which invests in the development of a regional wind farm from which the centre will generate enough power to run the new exhibition centre opened this year.

The gala dinner opened with two special videos – one from the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and another from Kai Hattendorf, Chief Executive of the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry.

The Prime Minister acknowledged the importance of the exhibition industry in Australia.
“Our tourism, hospitality and expo industry are among the best in the world, indeed I say they lead and I pay tribute to what you do tonight. You’re world-class, you’re world’s best, you always make the most challenging events look easy. From trade shows to expos, your events make a real contribution to our economy, to jobs, trade and investment.” the Prime Minister said.

The Awards dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom at the International Convention Centre Sydney. The theming partner was Decorative Events & Exhibitions. The night was hosted by Colin Lane, with the show animation created by The Monkey’s Cobbler and entertainment provided by Veneno and Levi 5Star from Quality Control Entertainment. The registration Partner was Tradevent Solutions.

Commendations were awarded in some categories
Best Show 
Winner: Play World Australia - Reed Exhibitions Australia 

Unsung Hero (Two winners)
Mark Magennis, Decorative Events & Exhibitions
Stephen Steenson, Reed Exhibitions Australia

Richard Geddes Young Achiever 
Winner: Georgie Chapman-Burgess, Exhibitions and Trade Fairs

Best Consumer Show Over 10,000metres2
Winner: Exhibitions and Trade Fairs - Motorclassica 2017
Highly commended: Reed Exhibitions Australia - Oz Comic-Con Sydney 2018

Best Trade Show Over 10,000m2
Winner: Exhibitions and Trade Fairs - World Gas Conference 2018

Best Association Event
Winner: Reed Exhibitions Australia - PAX Australia 2017 for Interactive Games & Entertainment Association

Best Supplier – Services or Products
Winner: ExpoNet

Best Corporate Citizenship
Winner: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre - Melbourne Renewable Energy Project

Best Innovation in Event Tech
Winner: Reed Exhibitions Australia for Emperia

Best New Product or Service
Winner: Zadro Agency - Zadro University – ZU

Best Custom Stand
Winner: Exhibit Systems - Cisco at Cisco Live! 2018
Highly commended: Designteam - Panasonic at ARBS 2018

Most Creative Innovation in Event “Experience” Delivery
Winner: Designteam - OPPO R11s Launch 2018
Highly commended: Mumbrella | Diversified Communications Australia - Mumbrella360

Best New Show
Winner: Reed Exhibitions Australia - Play World Australia

Best Trade Show Under 10,000m2
Winner: National Media - NoVacancy 

Best New Initiative - Large Scale Venue
Winner: Luna Park Sydney - Luna Park Venues
Highly commended: International Convention Centre Sydney - Legacy Program

Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign
Winner: The Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland (RNA) - Royal Queensland Show (Ekka)
Highly commended: Reed Exhibitions Australia - All-Energy Australia 2017

Best Supplier Team – Event
Winner: Decorative Events & Exhibitions | Merivale | AV24/7 - Event Inception Collective

Best Venue Team
Winner: International Convention Centre Sydney - AWISA 2018

Best Show Team
Winner: Talk2 Media & Events - Good Food & Wine Show Perth 2018

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