New President And Board Of Directors Announced At EEAA AGM And Continued Strong Industry Advocacy Focus

The Exhibition and Events Association of Australasia (EEAA) has announced the appointment of Domenic Genua, from the Boating Industry Association of NSW as its new President following the Annual General Meeting held at Doltone House in Sydney last week.

Mr Genua has served on the Board of the Association for 11 years including as Treasurer.

“It is an honour to be invited to take on the role of President for the EEAA at such a crucial time for this industry and I look forward to helping the association evolve to its next stage as the voice of all those who work in the exhibition sector.” he said.

Domenic Genua is the Marketing and Events Manager at the Boating Industry Association of NSW and brings high-level knowledge and skill to the Presidency. He has steered the Sydney International Boat Show from strength to strength, and will present the 46th show at the Sydney Exhibition and Convention Centre in August this year.

Matt Pearce held the role of President for the last five years and will continue to play an active role on the EEAA Board especially in its advocacy program.

EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio commended the leadership and focus that Matt Pearce had brought to the Association.

“Matt has played a leading role in sharpening the focus of the Association over recent years. He has contributed generously to the volunteer Board and helped to build the effectiveness of the Association.” she said.

Under the rules of the Association, Matt Pearce has served two terms, plus an additional one year to lend strategic direction and advocacy support around the closure of Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre (SCEC) at Darling Harbour. He was re-elected to the Board.

In 2012, EEAA was the lead association in representing the exhibition and events sector in negotiations with the NSW Government in relation to the impacts of the closure of the SCEC.

Last Wednesday, EEAA was advised by Infrastructure NSW that negotiations with the preferred supplier of temporary exhibition facilities at Glebe Island, had been terminated. The EEAA has taken the lead to ensure the NSW Government delivers on its commitment to build an interim facility at Glebe Island by January 2014.

EEAA Executive Committee is:

President – Domenic Genua, Boating Industry Association of NSW
Immediate Past President – Matt Pearce, Diversified Exhibitions
Treasurer – Bob O’Keeffe , Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
Secretary – Bob Moore, Agilty Fairs and Events

Debbie Evans, Reed Exhibitions
Helen Mantellato, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre
Harvey Stockbridge, Informa Exhibitions
Jo-Anne Kelleway, Info Salons Group
Tim Morgan, MP Expo
Peter King, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
Peter Thorpe, Sydney Showground
Jim Delahunty, ExpoNet

The new industry representatives to join the Board are, Harvey Stockbridge and Jo-Anne Kelleway. Sarah Hawthorn, Avviso did not stand for re-election and Gary Daly, ETF who replaced Jodie Richmond till the election is no longer a member of the new Board.

Outgoing President, Matt Pearce paid tribute to all Board members for their contribution to the work of the association.

EEAA held four key events at Doltone House, Darling Island on Thursday 23 May:

  • 10.30 to 1.30pm EEAA Board Meeting
  • 2.00 to 3.30pm Industry briefing on Sydney Harbour Expo
  • 4.30 to 6.30 EEAA AGM and post AGM networking
  • 6.45 to 9.00 EEAA Young Stars and Leaders Table


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