EEAA welcomes new board members

During its AGM, the association unveiled its new website, reflected on industry-wide challenges and charted the road ahead.

Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) unveiled its new look website and announced the appointment of seven board members at its Annual General Meeting (AGM), held last week.

The new and re-elected board members represent two from the organiser sector, one from the supplier sector and four from the venue sector.

Back on the EEAA Board for a new term are Talk2Media chief executive officer Matthew Pearce; Diversified Communications Australia managing director David Longman; ICC Sydney senior manager and business development manager Helen Mantello; MCEC head of Lean Agile Centre of Excellence Elissa Duke; Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre general manager Nigel Keen and Sydney Showground general manager Darryl Jeffrey.

Turnkey Event Solutions co-founder Dan Londero has been welcomed to the EEAA Board for the first time.

The Board members will serve alongside Arinex chief executive officer Nicole Walker; Harry the Hirer state manager NSW Paul Elliott; Informa chief executive officer Spiro Anemogiannis; Coleman Group chief executive officer Rod Peter and Delaro director Rodney Cox.

Connected Event Group chief executive officer Libby Ray has stepped down from the board due to her growing buisness.

The new board elected Nigel Keen as Vice President of EEAA, with Helen Mantellato stepping down but remaining on the board. Nicole Walker will remain as President and Paul Elliott will remain as Treasurer of EEAA.

During its AGM, the association also took time to reflect on the challenges of the 2021 calendar year and chart the road ahead, which EEAA President Nicole Walker said presented the industry with an exciting time and multitude of opportunities ahead.

“We will continue to be challenged with unexpected circumstances; however, we have adapted, and I believe we will continue to do so. The world is reconnecting and people are remembering the joy and business benefits of meeting face-to-face,” Walker said.

“We have all renewed our focus to continue advocating for the people of this industry, ensuring our value and financial contributions to the economy are known and appreciated. We will continue to listen and work together to create a stronger and more vibrant industry.”

EEAA chief executive officer Domenic Genua thanked the organisation’s partners and members for their contribution and commitment to the industry.

“We have a great network of organisations who share our passion for the events industry and have been working tirelessly to get us back on track,” Genua said.

“The camaraderie in the events industry is unparalleled and will see us in good stead for years to come.”

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