Meet the EEAA Unsung Hero Award finalists

Each of the finalists has shown a "can-do attitude, stoicism and outstanding contribution" in 2020.

Event professionals from ICC Sydney, Arinex and Informa Australia are among the six finalists for the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) Unsung Hero Award 2020.

The Unsung Hero Award and the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award are the only two accolades to be presented at EEAA 2020 Awards for Excellence, taking place on 8 December.

EEAA chief executive Claudia Sagripanti said this year’s awards focus only on people who have made a significant contribution to their company and the industry.

“These candidates have been nominated by their employer, clients and industry peers, as they have demonstrated a can-do attitude, stoicism and outstanding contribution during 2020, despite the extremely difficult operating conditions for the exhibitions and business events industry this year,” she said.

The Unsung Hero Award recognises event professionals who have made a significant contribution to their company and the industry, and will this year include a joint entry.

The finalists for the 2020 Unsung Hero Award are:

  • Jenna Cali, operations manager – Informa Australia
  • Kym De Britt, chief executive officer – Australian Dental Industry Association
  • Helen Mantellato, business development manager: International and exhibition – International Convention Centre Sydney
  • Libbie Ray and Justin Prisuda, directors – Connected Event Group
  • Nicole Walker, chief executive officer – Arinex

EEAA has also announced the finalists for the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award, which will recognise an emerging leader in the sector under the age of 30. The finalists 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 – International Convention Centre Sydney

This year, EEAA has partnered with ICC Sydney to host the association’s Annual General Meeting, an invitation-only CEO Forum, followed by the Awards for Excellence and end of year reception on 8 December.

“The awards will be broadcast across Australia, with our members and the wider community invited to tune-in around Australia to attend the EEAA Annual General Meeting, followed by the presentation of two important individual awards,” said Sagripanti.

Register to attend the event here.


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