By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, 1 December, 2016

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has named two of the industry’s best young talent as winners of the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award at the 2016 Awards for Excellence.

This year judges awarded two winners in this category: Anne-Marie Mina from Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) and James Kennedy from Exhibit Systems.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio said the exhibition and event industry has many young, talented staff working in a broad range of professional areas.

“The Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award recognises those bright, young team members who shine in their work, attitude, leadership and commitment, both to their company and industry” Ms DiMascio said.

“The award category attracted seven nominees this year and we commend those companies who have put the spotlight on their outstanding young team members.”

“One of Exhibitions and Trade Fairs (ETF) most capable Event and Marketing Executives, Anne-Marie Mina, has shown extraordinary capability and drive, marketing and organising nine of ETF’s largest and most complex events.” Ms DiMascio said.

“Anne-Marie performed outstandingly in the personal interview with judges commenting on her intellect, strategic thinking and the freshness of her insights”

“She is an outstanding ambassador for our industry and demonstrates a capacity to look at the big picture for the expo industry and the pressures and challenges we face. She is an inspirational young leader most deserving of this award.” Ms DiMascio said.

The second award winner, James Kennedy is only 22, Ms DiMascio said, and already his leadership qualities stand-out.

“In his interview with the judges, James’ maturity and passion were clear. The judges commended his work finding environmentally responsible solutions and minimising the use of “MDF”. James has the potential to be a leader and a champion for developing design and building solutions that are ecologically sound.” Ms DiMascio said.

Fred Lazzerini, Managing Director of Ungerboeck Software International, Asia Pacific, the inaugural Gold Sponsor of the Young Stars Program and Sponsor of the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award, said the award never fails to highlight the exceptionally high calibre of nominees; many of whom are already leaders in their respective fields.

“The field was very tight, and little separated the seven candidates. However, the judges found two of the nominees should be honoured this year. Their achievements are very different and they have both excelled and brought passion, drive and innovation to their respective companies.”

“I congratulate them all and encourage them to keep striving high and excelling in their work. The nominees represent seven young leaders and potential CEOs.”

The event, hosted by Maeve O’Meara, was held at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) and was attended by over 300 hundred people representing Organisers, Association Organisers, Venues and Suppliers from across Australia and New Zealand who helped test the new venue under event conditions.

“We thank all those who entered our Awards for Excellence – Congratulations to our Richard Geddes Young Achiever winners and all of our Members who took home an award this year.” Ms DiMascio said.

“Thank you to ICC Sydney and our event partners and sponsors for making this special event one of our industry’s most celebrated nights.”


Nominees and Winners of the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award.

Winners of the Richard Geddes Young Achiever Award.


Source: EEAA