Winners are Grinners

12 December 2019 •

At the Exhibition & Event Association Australasia (EEAA) Awards for Excellence, AIME 2019 was awarded Best Trade Show (Over 10,000m2). Decorative Events also stole a win for their AIME Embassy Suites and were celebrated for being the Best New Product 2019. Talk 2 Media & Events were challenged with the relaunch of the event, with a new vision and bespoke offering. These achievements at the EEAA Awards recognised the hard work put in by the AIME team for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the event.

Excitement levels are high for the AIME team with some chuffed faces around the office. We want to share our pride with the AIME Community with some comments from the AIME team.

Matt Pearce, CEO 

“Running an event for the events industry is the hardest thing to do as your peers are always happy to tell you how it is. To have the research the hard work, and ultimately the success of the event be recognised through the EEAA Awards was truly humbling.”

Jay Martens, Event Director

“We are greatful to our partners who believed in our new concept for AIME, so the award for us is recognition from the inudstry that partneships do matter. There are so many to thank, in particular MCEC, Decorative Events & Exhibitions, Harry the hirer, Exponet, Showtime Group, Atlantic Group, Paoli Smith, Eleven Eleven Design and Eleven PR. We share this award with all of you as well as the industry at large for continuing to support this great event. We also thank all our exhibitors, media and visitors – you make this event what it is!”

Bernadette Panton, Hosted Buyer Manager

“Really can’t begin to express how happy, proud and over the moon I am about being part of the most incredible team that won the EEAA award for the best trade show over 10,000m2. It has always been my intention to deliver a show that puts the industry and its people first, connects our community and strives to be the benchmark in the region. Well we did it and we will continue to strive to always do our best.”

Darren Loewy, Senior Operations Manager 

“After attending AIME as a visitor for nearly 20 years, I was excited to be tasked with the responsibility of overseeing the Operations and show delivery. We knew things needed to change and looked at alternative ways of presenting the show to event industry professionals. We engaged with Decorative Events and Exhibitions and created a fully customised shell scheme (Premium Suites) which fundamentally changed the look and feel of the show. It was fantastic when DEE was awarded the Best New Product for their Premium Suites which was created exclusively for AIME. For the first time ever, Harry the Hirer installed their amazing Atrium marquee indoors and this was a showstopper positioned in the middle of the show floor! It was absolutely incredible to be awarded the Best Trade show over 10,000m² and all the hard work was well worth it!!”

Gabrielle McKeown, Event Coordinator

“So proud to have received this award, our team worked really hard and wasn’t without its challenges in the lead up to the show. It was an amazing feeling when the doors opened and the meetings commenced on the Tuesday morning, can’t wait to go above and beyond again in 2020.”

Nikki Witman, Operations Manager

“What a fantastic achievement! Very proud to be a part of the AIME team who delivered such a terrific event. It is true validation that we steered the event in the right direction and took the right approach. This award is a credit to all of the suppliers, partners, exhibitors and hosted buyers as well.”




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