BOLINGER ELECTED AACB HEAD
MELBOURNE Convention Bureau chief executive officer Karen Bolinger has been chosen as the new president of the Association of Australian Convention Bureaux (AACB).
Bolinger was elected at the AACB annual general meeting yesterday and named this morning at the association’s conference in Hobart.
“I am looking forward to a productive year, with one of the first actions being to revisit the strategic plan with a view to the future model of the business events industry in Australia,” Bolinger said.
“I plan to continue the great work that has already been achieved and delivering new initiatives established in the 2017/18 strategic plan.”
Bolinger, pictured, takes over from Business Events Sydney chief executive officer Lyn Lewis-Smith who has served as president for the past four years.
AACB chief executive officer Andrew Hiebl thanked LewisSmith for her commitment to the association.
“It has been a privilege to serve under Lyn’s leadership over the last four years - a period which I regard as one of personal growth through her guidance, advice and mentorship,” Hiebl said.
The AACB board also announced the appointment of Canberra Convention Bureau chief executive officer Michael Matthews as its treasurer and Adelaide Convention Bureau chief executive officer Damien Kitto as vice president.
The AACB’s 28th annual conference began today at the Henry Jones Art Hotel in Hobart and concludes tomorrow night with a gala dinner.