Images courtesy of O’Neil Photographics

 

The meetings industry’s night of nights, the prestigious 2014 MEA National Awards was held at the Hamilton Island Convention Centre on May 26, 2015.

This year’s awards was a 1960s Mad Men and Mad Women theme where many of the gentlemen did their best Don Draper impressions and the ladies looked splendid in a variety of colours and styles.

The MEA National Awards consists of five categories which recognise individuals, venues, products and services, and organisation management. The awards highlight the fantastic and innovative work within the industry and each year the competition gets tougher and tougher.

This year MEA’s state and national awards had a record number of entries and the judges were thrilled by the standard set by everyone who entered.

Congratulations to all the winners!

 

Hall of Fame Winners

Arinex, NSW

Verve Creative Events, NSW

AV1

Adelaide Convention Centre, SA

 

Individual Awards

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PERSON OF THE YEAR

Christine Kotsis, ExpoNet NSW

 

EVENT MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Liz Williamson, Department of Education, Training and Employment, Programs and Events Unit, QLD

 

MEETINGS MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Julie McGraw, GEMS Event Management, NSW

 

OPERATIONS PERSON OF THE YEAR

Michael Davey, Creative Director Microhire, VIC

 

Y MEA FUTURE LEADER

Ashleigh Moore, Lumi NSW

 

Destination Marketing Awards

REGIONAL DESTINATION MARKETING ORGANISATION

Business Events, Geelong VIC

 

Meetings and Events Organisation Awards

MEETINGS AND EVENTS MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION 8 OR MORE EMPLOYEES

Arinex, NSW

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION LESS THAN 8 EMPLOYEES

Verve Creative Events, NSW

 

IN HOUSE MEETINGS MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT

ASHM Conference and Events Division

 

EVENT MANAGEMENT ORGANISATION

Verve Creative Events, NSW

 

Venue Awards

MEETING VENUE UNDER 500 DELEGATES

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, NSW

 

MEETING VENUE 500 DELEGATES OR MORE

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, QLD

 

SPECIALTY MEETING VENUE

Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority, SA

 

SPECIALTY EVENT VENUE

The Star Event Centre, NSW

 

MEA SPECIALIST AWARDS

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: CATEGORY A (1-5 EMPLOYEES)

Crunch Events and Catering, NSW

 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: CATEGORY B (6-30 Employees)

Business Events Sydney, NSW

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: CATEGORY C (MORE THAN 30 EMPLOYEES)

Tourism Australia, NSW

 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: MULTI SITES

Intercontinental Adelaide, SA

 

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: IN-HOUSE MEETING MEMBER

ASHM Conference and Events Division

 

MEA EDUCATION AWARDS: CATEGORY A (1-5 EMPLOYEES)

Crunch Events and Catering, NSW

 

MEA EDUCATION AWARDS: CATEGORY B (6-30 EMPLOYEES)

Department of Education, Training and Employment. Programs and Events Unit, CEP, QLD

 

MEA EDUCATION AWARD: CATEGORY C (MORE THAN 30 EMPLOYEES)

Tourism Australia, NSW

 

MEA EDUCATION AWARD: CATEGORY C MULTI SITES

Arinex, NSW

 

MEA EDUCATION AWARD: IN-HOUSE MEETING MEMBER

ASHM Conference and Events Division

 

Products and Services

BANQUETING & CATERING

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

 

TECHNICAL & CREATIVE PRODUCTION – BRANCH TURNOVER more than $5 MILLION

AV1

 

TECHNICAL & CREATIVE PRODUCTION – BRANCH TURNOVER less than $5 MILLION

Scene Change Adelaide, SA

 

IN-HOUSE AV SERVICES (COMPANY OR DEPARTMENT)

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

 

SUPPORT SERVICES

Arinex Technology, NSW

 

EXHIBITION SERVICES

Adelaide Expo Hire

 

MEETINGS AND EVENTS OF THE YEAR

ASSOCIATION OR GOVERNMENT MEETING OF THE YEAR

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre; Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders Summit, QLD

 

CORPORATE MEETING OF THE YEAR

TAFE Queensland Brisbane, TAFE Queensland Brisbane’s Graduation Ceremony

 

SPECIAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

Belle-Laide Events, ATE 14 Farewell Event

 

EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR

Tourism Australia; Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) 2014

 

PUBLIC EVENT OF THE YEAR (INCLUDING FESTIVALS)

Adelaide Convention Centre; The 2014 Cellar Door Wine Festival

 

AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

MEETINGS OR EVENTS PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR (HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL SCORE)

Christine Kotsis, ExpoNet, NSW

 

Platinum Award (highest score for all submissions except individual)

Scene Change Adelaide, SA

Outstanding Contribution Award

Jim Delahunty, ExpoNet

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