NSW Mentoring Program Kicks Off

Shortlisted applicants (mentors and mentees) attended separate briefings during August, held at the MEA offices in North Sydney, facilitated by MEA CEO, Linda Gaunt and MEA Mentor Manager Michelle Morcombe.
The successful outcome of these sessions confirms that participants view this initiative as a vital and effective contributor to the enhancement of skills and growth in the business events industry.
September highlighted a pivotal step as we celebrated the official launch of the MEA & BENCHMARQUE NSW Mentoring Program 2012.
Linda Gaunt, along with Jonathan Lamm, director of BENCHMARQUE (NSW mentoring program sponsor), each addressed the participants and specially congratulated everyone for their involvement and commitment to ensuring the ongoing success of the initiative.
Eighteen mentees were then introduced to their matched mentors for the first time. The Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre generously hosted the launch event which concluded over networking drinks and canapés. Conversations and experiences were shared with great enthusiasm.

about MEA mentoring program

The MEA Mentoring Program, now entering its fourth year, offers an effective solution that assists in addressing skills shortages, professional development and attrition within the meetings and events industry. Sponsor funding is a critical component to the effective delivery of the program.
MEA invites expressions of interest from suitable organisations across other states and territories that demonstrate a commitment to the development of skills within our industry.

To learn more email sponsorship@mea.org.au


As a market leading provider of specialised staffing and recruitment services to the events industry, BENCHMARQUE® is proud to be working in collaboration with MEA in support of the NSW Mentor Program.
Collectively, our team possess over 85 years of combined first-hand experience working with leading hospitality and events businesses both in Australia and abroad. The knowledge gained through shared experience is our team’s greatest asset and key to our success in offering exceptional service and unrivalled standards of casual staff and permanent employees to the events industry.
For this same reason, we applaud all industry members who strive to expand their own skills, knowledge and experience in order to enrich their own personal development and progress their career in the events industry.
This is what our name stands for and it’s why our clients have been so pleased with our work, time and time again.

Contact www.benchmarque.net.au to learn more.

Ungerboeck mobile solutions

Ungerboeck now provides mobile solutions for venues, meetings, conferences and exhibitions.

Ungerboeck Mobile Apps are designed to increase event sponsorship and advertising revenues as well as improve the event attendees’ experience at their event.
These days, event attendees expect to have information available to them when they want it and where they want it. That means having all your event information available on a mobile application that event attendees can access on their smartphone.
The app should give event visitors the ability to see a session schedule and mark favourite sessions, find an exhibitor, browse the dynamic floor plan, locate other attendees, and learn more about the speakers, empowering them to make the most of their event experience.
A satisfied attendee is one who feels they experienced everything out of the event that they possibly could. This begins when an attendee is able to plan their event journey, and they have all the information to do it.
This information remains accessible right from their mobile device even while they are offline – when an attendee goes back online, all updated information is immediately downloaded.

Compatible with all event management software…including Ungerboeck!

While we would certainly recommend using Ungerboeck as an end-to-end event management solution (after all, we do provide solutions ranging from CRM, membership, quotes, event planning, event registration, speaker and abstract management, budgeting, invoicing and full financials in a single, integrated solution), the Ungerboeck Software suite is however not required to use Ungerboeck Mobile.
Easy-to-use import capabilities along with an online administrator interface make it easy to upload information to Ungerboeck Mobile from third-party software as well as from Ungerboeck Software.

Keeping up with the times

Mobile solutions along with our Executive Dashboard, Email Marketing and Registration modules are just some examples of how Ungerboeck Software is remaining the leader in the events industry.
As the leading software provider to the event management industry, Ungerboeck is proud to be a National Sponsor of Meetings and Events Australia tirelessly sponsoring the Young Professional Scholarship for more than 10 years.

Visit www.ungerboeck.com to learn more, or contact us on 07 3359 7919.
Ungerboeck leading software development for the event management industry.

Success Story: Aussie event manager’s great leap forward in China

Australian event design and management company Off Site Connections started life in Queensland in 1995, enjoyed success in Australia, and saw an opportunity to expand into a growing market by taking its services to China.
Its head office remains in Brisbane, with operations in Cairns, Gold Coast, Sydney and across China.
The China offices opened first in Shanghai in 2005 and now include Beijing and Macau.
Managing director Peter Kinnane now spends most of his time in China.
He explains how this great leap offshore came about:
“Around 12 years ago while we were producing events in Australia for Chinese clients they asked us to take our expertise to China and produce events for them there. In doing so it became quite clear that the events industry on the ground was very raw and we saw a chance to provide a high end, creative and professional product.
“While this created enormous challenges it also opened a window of opportunity to commence a Chinese based operation in 2005. Today, for our company to be sustainable, we couldn’t rely on inbound business to Australia, which is why our core business relies on local, multinational, inbound and outbound markets.
“The Australian business has benefited from relationships developed in China which lead to producing Chinese-hosted events in Australia. Having Chinese staff helps with cultural and language issues.
“Running a business in Asia is not easy; there are challenges every day, but that’s what makes it so exciting. Aussies in general are blessed with a “can do attitude”, are well travelled, come from a multi-cultural country, and are adaptable. A combination of these qualities helps us to work in the Asian environment.”
Mr Kinnane had a long term vision to be part of the obvious growth he could see for event management in China which is paying off.
The expertise he gained in Australia provided a solid base to develop and train local Chinese teams to deliver successful events in the corporate conference and incentive markets.

Business events multimedia specialist gains export opportunity

When the large banking conference known as sibos came to Australia in 1997 and appointed ZOOM Productions as official photographers, little did its directors Anthony Vallario and Giselle Martins realise how important this event would turn out to be for their business.
The professional services of this local supplier impressed the global sibos team so it was no surprise when sibos once again used ZOOM Productions for photography and video when they returned in 2006. The match worked for all concerned, and ZOOM approached sibos with the proposition of appointing them on a longer term basis around the world, rather than utilising a multitude of varying companies in the various event locations.
sibos agreed to a three-year appointment which saw ZOOM cover
the events in Boston 2007, Vienna 2008 and Hong Kong in 2009.
This has now been extended to a longer term arrangement with
Amsterdam in 2010, Toronto 2011, Osaka 2012 and beyond.
Vallario explains “sibos presented an opportunity for us to provide specialised digital media services to a large conference and exhibition looking to partner with an experienced provider that understood conferences and exhibitions, but in particular, the specialities and high standard of their finance event. We had built up the trust in the relationship and saw the opportunity to create an unmatched winning outcome for the sibos organisers, the exhibitors and for ZOOM Productions.”
From a base offer of photography for the first Australian event,
ZOOM has now expanded its services to now offer video media coverage of the exhibition, social events, interviews and sessions; 360 degree virtual tours of the venue space and exhibition; post show framed prints, coffee table books; speakers gifts; tailored exhibition websites; and custom-built web tours of the venues as aids for exhibitors.
For the Osaka show in 2012, ZOOM will produce a destination video for the first time.
After focusing on the Australian market for most of its twenty years, ZOOM Productions is growing its export market and is currently looking into establishing an office in Europe.