By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, 16 June, 2016





The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) has welcomed a new Board following the appointment of its new President and Vice-President at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Association.


Spiro Anemogiannis, Managing Director of Informa Australia, one of the nation’s leading event organisers and part of one of the biggest business events organisers in the world has succeeded long-serving Board Member Domenic Genua as EEAA’s new President, while Brian Thomas, Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions Australia has stepped up to the role of Vice-President.


Mr Anemogiannis recognised outgoing President, Domenic Genua, for his generous contribution to the Association, serving on the volunteer committee for 13 years and as President for 3 years. Mr Anemogiannis pledged his commitment to further strengthening the Association’s work in supporting its Members and in advocating for the power of the exhibition and event sector.


“It is an honour to take over from Domenic. I look forward to leading the Board and working with the EEAA team to build an even stronger Association,” Mr Anemogiannis said.


EEAA congratulates the following on their election to the Board:

  • Jim Delahunty, ExpoNet
  • Peter King, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
  • David Longman, Diversified Communications Australia
  • Helen Mantellato, International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney)
  • Robert Moore, Agility Fairs and Events
  • Matt Pearce, Talk2 Media and Events
  • Peter Thorpe, Sydney Showground


They join mid-term Members:

  • Spiro Anemogiannis, Informa Australia – President
  • Paul Elliott, Harry the Hirer
  • Richard Hogan, Australian Gift & Homewares Association
  • Jo-Anne Kelleway, Info Salons Group – Secretary
  • Bob O’Keeffe, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre – Treasurer
  • Brian Thomas, Reed Exhibitions Australia – Vice-President


EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said she looked forward to working with the Board to continue to promote the diverse and powerful contributions of exhibitions and events to broad sectors of the economy, and particularly as a powerful marketing channel.


“With our new President coming from such an outstanding event and business background, we look forward to his global perspective and commercial focus to help steer the Association’s work and build on positioning the Power of Exhibitions even more strongly in the marketing world.” she said.


In his report to EEAA Members, Treasurer Bob O’Keeffe said:

“The Association continues to invest funds to promote, develop and grow the industry for our future wellbeing.


“I am pleased to report that the aims and objectives of the Association continue to be achieved and due to our financial strength, the benefits and services to Members will continue to improve. The Association is in an excellent financial position to meet those expenses.” he said.


The EEAA AGM was one of a series of the Association’s major annual events held this year to coincide with the inaugural Global Exhibitions Day. It was fitting that the EEAA was able to put the focus on the importance of the exhibition industry to the Australian economy by having direct conversations with key political and business figures at its EEAA 2016 Leaders Forum in Melbourne.


Minister for Tourism and International Education, and Minister Assisting the Minister for Trade and Investment, the Hon Richard Colbeck reinforced the government’s support for the sector, speaking to members at the Association’s highlight dinner on 9 June 2016.


"Events and exhibitions are an important part of the wider visitor economy and the government recognises the valuable contribution they make to our tourism industry,” Senator Colbeck said.


"The visitor economy is one of the five key super-growth sectors supporting our economic transition from the mining boom to a more diversified economy – this is creating a focus on the business events sector.


"The Turnbull Government backs industries that help our economy grow and generate employment opportunities. The Australian business events sector has made good progress in the last few years and has very promising growth potential.


"I congratulate the EEAA on such a successful Leaders Forum and I look forward to working closely with them to help grow our visitor economy into the future.”


Senator Colbeck was joined by NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Investment, Major Events and Tourism, Jonathan O’Dea and the new CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, James Pearson.


“We were honoured to be joined at our events by leading figures from Australian political and business life. This direct interaction has helped achieve great cut through for the EEAA as it advocates the merits of investing in the expo sector and positions the work of EEAA Members as important economic drivers.” concluded Ms DiMascio.



Source: Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia