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EEAA announce 2013 Award for Excellence winners as curtain closes at the SCEC

EEAA announce 2013 Award for Excellence winners as curtain closes at the SCEC
November 28, 2013

The Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA) 2013 Awards for Excellence have been announced this week at an emotional final gala event at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC).

The evening of Tuesday 26th November saw over 300 guests pay tribute to the winners of the 16 categories and to the winners of the President's Awards and Young Achiever Award.

The night included a special tribute to the staff of the SCEC including video highlights of the Centre's 25 years and a tribute song performed live by The Groove Academy.

Hosted by James O'Loghlin, the EEAA Awards recognise outstanding achievement within the industry and were judged by 35 independent judges. The awards were open to venues, suppliers and organisers.

In a departure from tradition, EEAA President Domenic Genua presented the Trevor Riddell President's Award to two individuals recognising the unique contribution made by Debbie Evans, Managing Director, Reed Exhibitions Australia and Matt Pearce, Managing Director of Diversified Exhibitions Australia.

Over the past few years the industry has been under enormous pressure due to the closure of the SCEC. Debbie Evans has been a lead advisor in the industry's representation work and sought to find solutions that would assist the whole industry.

Matt Pearce was also recognised for his contribution to the Association for five years as its President. He played a major role in repositioning the EEAA and to setting it upon a course for the future. His leadership skills helped to create a strong culture that focussed on communicating and delivering the new direction.

EEAA President, Domenic Genua said that it was an honour to present the award to two outstanding contributors to the Association.

The 2013 Young Achiever Award was presented to Domenic Le Roy of Van Den Berg Design Team. Domenic is Operations Manager and Producer at the design company which specialises in exhibition design. He was nominated for his outstanding achievements.

The Best Australian Show Award went to the Good Food & Wine Show, Melbourne, organised by Diversified Exhibition Australia.

The Best New Zealand Show was awarded to BuildNZ I Designex – entered by XPO Exhibitions.

The Dog Lovers Show organised by Event Management International took out two awards – Best New Show and Best Consumer Show under 10,000 metre2.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said the competition across all categories was vigorous and members realise the commercial benefits that flow to both winners and finalists from this marque of distinction.

DiMascio explained "the Awards also attracted outstanding support from sponsors and partners and we'd like to particularly thank our major partners FABframe and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. To be the last gala event at the Centre added a real poignancy to the night as we also farewell a venue that has been so much a part of the growth of our industry."

2013 EEAA Awards for Excellence – Winners

Best Consumer Show over 10,000 metre2 – Good Food & Wine Show, Melbourne – Diversified Exhibitions Australia
The Melbourne GFWS ran for four days over the Queen's Birthday weekend from 7-10 June, 2013, attracting 33,851 visitors (46.4% new visitors) with an overall visitor satisfaction rating of 90.1%. Visitors came to try and buy with an average spend of $203 per head.

Best Trade Show over 10,000 metre2 – Australasian Oil & Gas – Diversified Exhibitions Australia
The Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG) cemented its status as the largest and most important petroleum exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere in 2013. An economic impact statement showed AOG 2013 generated an economic impact of $19,437,316 (up 16% on 2012) to the Western Australian economy.

Best Supplier Team – Harry the Hirer Team for Sydney International Boat Show
Harry the Hirer has been the principal contractor and supplier to the Sydney International Boat for the past decade.
"The supplier addressed the complexity of working on water as well as the sheer size of this expo, with innovative logistical solutions and demonstrated a professional passion to continue to deliver the best possible hardware for the 2013 show and for future shows. The Boat show is an annual jewel in crown for Sydney."

Best Venue Team – Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre Team

Best New Product – eventSuite V2 – Event Solutions NZ
Event Solutions offer online and onsite registration, venue management and barcode scanning solutions to the exhibition industry. eventSuite V2, is the newest product in the range of online solutions.

Best Green Initiative – Reed Exhibitions Sustainability – Reed Exhibitions Australia
Reed Exhibitions Australia runs Australian Sustainability Conference & Exhibition. The exhibition objective is to present the sustainable future of today's Australian businesses. Initiatives were launched to reduce wastage at the event and across RXA office to promote sustainable practices. As a result water usage was reduced by 50% and wastage reduced by circa 30% and recycling is up to 90%. By implementing PaperCut features and other restrictions, the predicted savings for the entire cost of printing are thousands of dollars and over a five year period, 22 trees will be saved, over 15,300kg of carbon dioxide saved and the energy saving will be equivalent to running a 60W light for 57.6 years.

Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Trade – Australian Fitness & Health Expo – Diversified Exhibitions Australia
The Australian Fitness & Health Expo is Australia's premier fitness industry event and the largest health and fitness show in the Southern Hemisphere, attracting a growing audience of consumers, gym enthusiasts and fitness industry professionals. The interactive expo boasts 300 exhibitors. Celebrating its 17th year, the 2013 show was the most successful to date.

Most Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Consumer – Build and Renovating Expo - Informa Exhibitions
The 2013 Build & Renovating Expo strategy sought to offer a dedicated event for consumers serious about renovating or building a home. With a clear gap in the market for informative shows, targeted to those building or renovating, the new marketing strategy sought to attract the right quality of visitor.

Best Consumer Show under 10,000 metre2 – Dog Lovers Show – Event Management International
The inaugural Dog Lovers Show was a celebration of the friendship and unconditional love that we share with our 'best friends'. Over six hundred dogs of all breeds were on show across a wide range of features including a Breed Showcase, Rescue Zone, Main Arena, Educational Seminar Theatre, Puppy School and Centre Stage.

Best Trade Show under 10,000 metre2 – BuildNZ I Designex – XPO Exhibitions
For over 30 years the BuildNZ | Designex exhibition has been the leading trade event for the building and construction industry with a solid reputation for bringing building professionals and industry innovators together.

Best Custom Stand – Belaz Stand at AIMEX – ExpoNet
"The professionalism and creative response, coupled with fulfilling all the elements required by the client, made it a standout. The Belaz stand at AIMEX was simply breathtaking in its perfect match to the brief and the ultimate epic visual impact. The requirements for all aspects in the brief were 100% met. The submission was excellent and complete. A winner at all levels."

Best Show Team – Australian Fitness & Health Expo Team – Diversified Exhibitions Australia
The Diversified Exhibitions team that planned, coordinated and implemented the 2013 Australian Fitness & Health Expo is a dedicated group of professionals who also happen to have a passionate interest in the fitness and health industry. Their love of sport and fitness-related activities unites them as a team and serves as inspiration for them to perform to their best ability.

Best New Show – Dog Lovers Show – Event Management International
The inaugural Dog Lovers Show was a celebration of the friendship and unconditional love that we share with our 'best friends'. Over six hundred dogs of all breeds were on show across a wide range of features including a Breed Showcase, Rescue Zone, Main Arena, Educational Seminar Theatre, Puppy School and Centre Stage.

Richard Geddes Young Achiever – Dominic Le Roy – Van Den Berg Design Team
This 27 year old high achiever has delivered results beyond expectations. He successfully organised and a multi-million dollar exhibition and raised nearly $20,000.00 for charity while overcoming a potentially life-threatening illness. He now runs the operations for Van Den Berg Design Team and has proven to be a highly capable young leader. During the awards qualification period he worked on 130 projects while also dealing with his illness and treatment. He is a star performer and most deserving of this recognition.


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