BEIA Outstanding Contributor Awards recognise NZ industry stalwarts

Maxine Wallis from The Cordis Auckland was the recipient of The BEIA 2021 Outstanding Contributor Award

Two of New Zealand’s top business events professionals were presented with Outstanding Contributor Awards for 2021 and 2022 at Business Events Industry Aotearoa’s (BEIA’s) industry gala dinner hosted at ToiToi – Hawke’s Bay Arts and Event Centre.

The BEIA 2021 Outstanding Contributor Award was presented to Maxine Wallis from The Cordis Auckland.

Heather Shaw, founder of family-owned event management company The Events Group, was named the BEIA 2022 Outstanding Contributor Award.

BEIA Chief Executive Lisa Hopkins says each year one worthy recipient is chosen to be celebrated by the industry, but with the 2021 conference cancelled due to Covid, this has been a special year.

“We are acknowledging and celebrating two outstanding women in our field, both of whom have contributed hugely to our industry over the course of three decades,” she says.

Maxine Wallis started her career as BEIA’s (CINZ’s) first Australia representative, putting New Zealand on the map as a business tourism destination in the key Australian market. Later she moved back to Auckland and worked with Aotea Centre. Then, moving to the North Island’s east coast as Chief Executive of Gisborne Tourism, she drove the marketing for the turn-of-the-century celebration for the first place to see the sun in the new millennium, drawing major international media attention. Then she became Senior Sales Manager Australia for SkyCity Entertainment Group, and for the past eight years, she has been Director of Sales, MICE at The Cordis Auckland.

Heather Shaw’s career began managing events at North Harbour basketball, and the Millennium Institute, before going on to buy a team-building business 20 years ago, and transforming it into a full-service event management company with a top reputation – The Events Group. Heather’s daughter, Meredith Drucker who is General Manager of the family-owned business, accepted the award on her behalf.

This was also the final event organised by Jen Henshaw, who is stepping down from her role as BEIA Events Manager later this month. She was acknowledged and thanked for her huge support and efforts in creating this event, and BEIA’s flagship MEETINGS exhibition.

The destination for next year’s conference will be Marlborough.

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