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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.

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