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

The 2016 Asia Pacific Venue Industry Congress concluded last night (Tuesday 17 May 2016) 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.

On behalf of the Association, the VMA Board would like to congratulate the following award recipients:

  • Venue Professional of the Year (VPOTY) – WINNER: Ross Cunningham, QPAC
    • Other VPOTY Nominees were:
      • 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

Congress wrap

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.



Congress Sponsors 2016


Artifax Asia-Pacific

Australasian Leisure Management 

Big Screen Video

Davcor Group Pty Ltd

Di Bella Coffee


Envida Product Solutions PTY LTD

EventAid Pty Ltd

Forum Enviro


Italiquore Brands

M.A Security Guards

Moreton Hire



Profurn Commercial



St John Ambulance

The Container Connection

The P.A. People Pty Limited

The Riskworks Network Pty Ltd

TicketDirect International




Ungerboeck Software International

Xirrus Wi-Fi Networks