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It’s a Wrap – 2016 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress

The 2016 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress concluded with a spectacular Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony attended by over 300 delegates who celebrated 3 days of conferencing, social programs and networking in the amazing Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.

The 2016 Congress broke all previous records for attendance, with some 350 plus delegates attending the Asia Pacific’s single largest event for Venue Professionals.

The night ended with a revamped Award & Recognition Ceremony which saw 21 individuals recognised for their contribution, participation and leadership in Venue Management.

The VMA Board confirmed that the Association would like to congratulate the following award recipients:

Venue Professional of the Year (VPOTY) – WINNER: Ross Cunningham, QPAC

And other VPOTY Nominees:
Sally Arch, Adelaide Entertainment Centre
Jamie Hurst, SICO South Pacific
Daryl Kerry, ANZ Stadium
Paul Sergeant, formally of Etihad Stadium

Young Achiever of the Year (YAOTY) – WINNER: Casey Price, Etihad Stadium
Other YAOTY Nominees were:
Kate Alexander, AAMI Park
Josh Eltringham, MCG
Grace Hodges, Suncorp Stadium
Kel Schmidt, Ticketek

Honorary Life Membership – Harvey Lister, AEG Ogden
Honorary Life Membership – Rod Pilbeam, AEG Ogden

Certified Facility Executive (CFE) recipients:
Glen Rainsbury, Etihad Stadium
Gary Mears, Events Centre Caloundra
March Swan, WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres
Steve Mitsos, Qudos Bank Arena

Accredited Venue Manager (AVM) recipients:
Adam Lynch, Positively Wellington Venues
Coryn Huddy, Forsyth Barr Stadium
Lorraine Rice, Perth Concert Hall
Stuart Lyon, Nib Stadium
Tara Fidler, Secure Events & Assets
VMA Chief Executive, Steve Romer, added:

The VMA would also like to thank our 2016 Sponsors and Exhibitors, as our Congress would not have been possible without their partnership and support.

The 2017 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton in Sydney from 21 – 24 May 2017. For further information, go to:

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About the VMA

The Venue Management Association (VMA) is the peak body for venue industry professionals in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia with over 700 members from very diverse venue sectors, including:

Sports Stadiums
Entertainment Arenas
Conference and Exhibition Centre’s
Performing Arts Centre’s
Race Tracks & Showgrounds

The VMA is dedicated to the growth and success of the venue management industry in this region through professional development, education and collective sharing through networking.

The Association draws from the very best talent in the venue industry to provide its members with the opportunity to expand their thinking, upgrade their skills, stay on top of industry trends and plans and learn from their peers.


PanStadia & Arena Management magazine is proud to be a Media Partner for the VMA and its Congresses; our Global Business Development Director, Sam Wibrew, was in attendance at the latest 2016 VMA Congress.