EEAA 2020 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE AND END OF YEAR CELEBRATIONS

By Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia, 8 October, 2020


The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is calling for nominations to recognise the industry’s unsung heroes and young talent in a condensed version of the 2020 EEAA Awards for Excellence launched today.

EEAA Chief Executive, Claudia Sagripanti said the impact of COVID-19 on the exhibitions and business events industry has been catastrophic, resulting in almost all in-person events being cancelled or postponed. However, many of our Member organisations have reformulated their business operations and their teams in order to survive during this down-turn in their regular activity.

“This year the EEAA will run two award categories only: the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award and Scholarship and the Unsung Hero Award, focussing on the people who have made a significant contribution to their company and the industry.” said Ms Sagripanti.

“The category eligibility and criteria have been designed to showcase the exceptional work of our young members via the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award and the Unsung Heroes of our industry. The Awards will recognise those EEAA Member individuals who have delivered innovation, shown resilience, remained optimistic and garnered business confidence amongst the industry.” said Ms Sagripanti.

“We all know someone who is a driving force for change, and pivotal in achieving success for their company or for the industry– they can be one of the younger members of the industry and a person who may fly under the radar. We are calling on the industry tell us about the individuals who have made a significant contribution and to allow those people to be recognised.” said Ms Sagripanti.

This year, the EEAA has partnered with ICC Sydney to host the Association’s Annual General Meeting followed by an end of year reception on Tuesday, 8 December, where these two important awards will be presented. Delivered in a hybrid hub-and-spoke style format, the end of year celebration will be an important time for the industry to recognise these individual achievements, and to reconnect.

The EEAA has partnered with ICC Sydney to host the Association Annual General Meeting followed by an end of year reception on Tuesday, 8 December at the Parkside Ballroom, where these two important awards will be presented. Delivered in a hybrid hub-and-spoke style format, the end of year celebration will be an important time for the industry to come together and recognise these individual achievements and mark the return of in-person events for 2021.

“The awards will be broadcast across Australia, with our members gathering in capital cities around Australia to attend the EEAA Annual General Meeting, followed by the presentation of two important individual Awards,” said Ms Sagripanti.

Since it was introduced three years ago, the Unsung Hero Award has become one of the most popular accolades of the regular full-format Association Awards. Past winners include: Felicity Zadro – Zadro Agency in 2019; Mark Magennis – Decorative Events & Exhibitions and Stephen Steenson, Reed Exhibitions Australia joint winners in 2018; and Malu Barrios – ICC Sydney in 2017.

The Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award is designed to recognise the emerging leaders who will play a key role in shaping the future of the business events industry in Australia. The Scholarship includes a study grant that can be used by the winner to undertake an approved course of study to develop their skillset and aid their career progression in the exhibitions and business events industry.

Entries will be judged by a panel of independent industry experts, including representatives of the international events community. The Association is very pleased that John Trevillian AM is Chair of Judges again in 2020.

The award entry kit is available here.

KEY DATES
Entries open – 1 October 2020
Entries close – 30 October 2020, AEST 5pm
Finalists announced – early November
AGM and Awards night – 8 December, Hybrid Event, hosted at ICC Sydney

A range of sponsorship opportunities are also available that will assist the EEAA to make this a very special event.

See the winners of the 2019 Awards for Excellence

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Source: Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia