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EEAA 2011 Awards for Excellence honours industry leaders


In a showcase of innovation, performance and success, top performers from the exhibition and events industry were celebrated last night at the 2011 Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence, held at Crystal Palace Luna Park, Sydney.

A record 320 people attended the event to pay tribute to the finalists and winners at a gala dinner that was created in collaboration with some of the events industry’s most creative and biggest suppliers.


Exhibitions and Trade Fairs’ Motorclassica exhibition wins ‘Best New Show’ at the 2011 EEAA Awards for Excellence

The stylish and entertaining evening hosted by ‘Australia’s First Lady of Comedy’, Julia Morris, celebrated the outstanding work that has been delivered across all tiers of the industry.

General manager of EEAA Joyce DiMascio said the Awards provide an excellent opportunity for businesses to showcase their expertise and commitment to the exhibition and event industry.

“Our aim through these awards is to shine the light on individuals and teams, large and small shows, stand builders, and innovators in safety and sustainability initiatives,” said DiMascio.

“Our team of 21 independent judges assessed the Award submissions very closely looking for evidence of innovation, measureable results and return on investment.


Van Den Berg Designs’ stand for Covidien won ‘Best Custom Stand’ at the 2011 EEAA Awards for Excellence

“In 2011, we wanted to pay a big tribute to the young leaders in the industry who were nominated by their employers and colleagues for the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award.

“All the finalists in this category were honoured on stage as an acknowledgment that the exhibition industry should be encouraging our bright young stars – with Christine Philips of ExpoNet winning the award.

“In addition, the EEAA President Matthew Pearce presented the President’s Award to Robert O’Keeffe, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, for his contribution to the industry and in particular to the work of the Executive Committee.

“We would like to congratulate all the 2011 winners for achieving exceptional results within the respective award categories.

“We are proud that the Awards continue to promote key values in the industry, which encourage enterprise, product innovation, service excellence, marketing excellence and environmental sustainability.”

The winners of the 2011 Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence are:

Best Consumer Show Under 10,000m2
The Food Show Auckland, North Port Events

Best Consumer Show Over 10,000m2
Herald Sun Home Show, Exhibitions and Events Australia

Best Trade Show Under 10,000m2  
Landscape Australia Expo Melbourne, Exhibitions and Trade Fairs

Best Trade Show over 10,000m2 – Australasian Oil and Gas, Diversified Exhibitions Australia

Best New Show  
Motorclassica, Exhibitions and Trade Fairs

Best Custom Stand 
Covidien, Van Den Berg Designs

Most Innovative Marketing Campaign 
The Baby and Toddler Show Melbourne, Single Market Events

Best Green Initiative 
Ecowise Program, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre

Best Safety Initiative 
RXA Operations Department Safety Initiative, Reed Exhibitions Australia

Best New Product or Service 
LEADS, The Lido Group

Best Show Team 
The Baby and Toddler Show Team, Single Market Events

Best Venue Team 
Sydney Showground Team, Sydney Showground

Best Supplier Team  
ExpoNet Team for AIMEX, ExpoNet

Richard Geddes Young Achiever 
Christine Philips, ExpoNet

Best Australian Show 
Australasian Oil & Gas, Diversified Exhibitions Australia

Best New Zealand Show 
The Food Show Auckland, North Port Events

Trevor Riddell President’s Award 
Robert O’Keeffe, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre