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Mice Net : August 2008
mentor ProgrAm The MEA / Business Events Australia Mentor Program launched at the 2008 MEA Conference in Alice Springs is underway, with a call for mentors and mentees to MEA members distributed last month. The aim of the program, initially to be run in NSW, is to address the current skills shortage in the business events sector by up-skilling industry professionals to improve the industry’s overall competitiveness on the domestic and international stage. Mentors and mentees will take part in short training sessions at MEA before starting the program which will run until the end of November. For more information contact Anne Camenzind at MEA. who’s who 2009 Production is underway on the 2009 edition of the Who’s Who - MEA’s national directory of the Who’s Who of the business events industry. Members are entitled to a free listing in the directory, so now is the time (until October 1) to check your company description, contact details and subscribers are correct to maximise this opportunity. The national directory is distributed to members as well as meeting and event managers Australia-wide. To enhance your listing with your colour logo or to purchase an advertisement, contact Scott O’Brien, Who’s Who product manager at BTP on telephone (02) 8264 4480 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. congrAtulAtions to new AfmeA Amy PiekkAlA-fletcher Amy Piekkala-Fletcher began her career at Staging Connections in 2002, jumping headfirst into large events with a role assisting with the organisation of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that year. After building her experience with The OzAccom Group and Event Planners Australia, Amy joined Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Events to manage their delegate services. Revelling in the greater autonomy, Amy was quickly promoted to events manager and still holds that position. Amy runs national and international academic conferences for QUT, and is responsible for all conference logistics such as speaker, venue and supplier management, as well as supervision of registration and accommodation management. MEA Recognition programs are proudly sponsored by Execugifts Associate-Fellow of MEA National Supporters OUR NATIONAL SUPPORTERS DELIVER THE MOST PROMINENT ONGOING SUPPORT FOR MEA. Insure your Event or your Business with Aon Risk Services The Insurance Broker Recommended by MEA & EEAA Call Philip Sunshine on (02) 9253 7000 Westpac Merchant Rate @ 1.29% Members are reminded that MEA has formed a partnership with Westpac that delivers a great merchant rate of 1.29% for members only. Further details are available by contacting Merchant Business Solutions on toll free 1800 029 749 132 mice.net