NETWORKING EVENTS

HOSTED BY THE VENUE MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION 

Our After 5! Networking events are the perfect opportunity for VMA Members and their guests to come together to maintain and develop new industry connections. Hosted over the course of the year, we aim to deliver these important industry events in most major centres across Australia and New Zealand.

2024 EVENTS

GOLD COAST - Tuesday, 9 April 2024 @ HOTA Home of the Arts

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking event in Gold Coast at HOTA Home of the Arts from 5.30 – 7.30 pm. We are looking forward to an engaging session about HOTA’s inside story with guest speakers Michelle Bell, Precinct Operations Manager, Tommy Connelly, Technical Operations Manager, and Dayan Hartill-Law, Executive Chef.

After 5! Networking events are FREE for all VMA Members and their invited guests. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop new venue industry connections, so don’t miss out!

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

MELBOURNE - Wednesday, 10 April 2024 @ Abbotsford Convent

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking event in Melbourne at Abbotsford Convent from 5.30 – 7.30 pm.

Speaker to be announced shortly.

After 5! Networking events are FREE for all VMA Members and their invited guests. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop new venue industry connections, so don’t miss out!

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND - Wednesday, 10 April 2024 @ GLOBOX Arena and Events Centre Claudelands- in Conjunction with EVANZ

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking event in Hamilton at GLOBOX Arena and Events Centre Claudelands, hosted in conjunction with EVANZ from 5.30 – 7.30 pm. We will be joined by guest speaker Layton Lillas, Showcase Entertainment Group.

After 5! Networking events are FREE for all VMA Members and their invited guests. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop new venue industry connections, so don’t miss out!

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

GUEST SPEAKER

Layton Lillas

Promoter/ Producer

Showcase Entertainment Group

 

 

Layton Lillas from Showcase Entertainment Group is probably the only Promoter to have put shows on at the Murupara Hotel, The Royal Albert Hall and a makeshift marquee in Saudi Arabia…

He’s seen a lot but continues to learn and has a passion for the industry that only a ‘lifer’ can continue to muster, year after year. Irrespective of the environment, he has learnt to ‘get it done’, and he’s done this by getting the best out of people. He is forthright in his opinions on how there always needs to be collaboration between all parties like never before. Layton will challenge you and inspire you on what we need to do to keep the lights on in troubling times, because there ain’t no business like ‘show business’!

TOWNSVILLE - Wednesday, 17 April 2024 @ Queensland Bank Country Stadium, Sponsored by Gema Group

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking event in Townsville at Queensland Bank Country Stadium, sponsored by Gema Group, from 5.30 – 7.30 pm. We will be joined by Guest Speaker Jeff Reibel, Chief Executive Officer of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.

After 5! Networking events are FREE for all VMA Members and their invited guests. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop new venue industry connections, so don’t miss out!

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

GUEST SPEAKER

Jeff Reibel

Chief Executive Officer,

North Queensland Toyota Cowboys

Jeff has a proud and accomplished history across Australia’s sporting landscape and is now leading the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys in the role of Chief Executive Officer.

Over the course of 20 years in the Professional sporting sector, Jeff has formulated and led the execution of strategic and tactical plans that have optimised the revenue growth, economic viability, public and corporate profile and sponsor loyalty for major stakeholders.

Returning to the Cowboys in 2015, Jeff successfully led the club’s business development portfolio, moving into the role of Chief Commercial Officer, before being appointed to CEO with responsibilities spanning football and commercial operations across the Club in October 2018.

Since taking the helm, Jeff has led the successful migration of the club’s team, members and partners to Queensland Country Bank Stadium as well as spearheaded the planning, funding and building of the Cowboys Community, Training and High Performance facility – the Hutchinson Builders Centre – located adjacent to their new home ground.

He is proud of the club’s ongoing economic contribution to the North Queensland region, especially the work undertaken by the Cowboys Community Foundation and in particular their flagship program, NRL Cowboys House which delivers access to secondary education for indigenous boys and girls from remote communities.

 

SPONSORED BY – Gema Group

Gema Group began as a humble Australian-owned family business back in 1984 and today still encourages this culture of family that promotes respect, trust and integrity as we do business. With dedication and strength at our core, Gema Group has been delivering amazing event experiences for over 37 years.

GLENORCHY - Tuesday, 16 July 2024 @ MyState Bank Arena

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking event in Glenorchy at MyState Bank Arena from 5.30 – 7.30 pm.

Speaker to be announced shortly.

After 5! Networking events are FREE for all VMA Members and their invited guests. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop new venue industry connections, so don’t miss out!

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - Monday, 23 September 2024 @ Issac Theatre Royal - in Conjunction with EVANZ

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking event in Christchurch at Issac Theatre Royal, hosted in conjunction with EVANZ from 5.30 – 7.30 pm.

Speaker to be announced shortly.

After 5! Networking events are FREE for all VMA and EVANZ Members and their invited guests. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop new venue industry connections, so don’t miss out!

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

PAST EVENTS

MAROOCHYDORE - Wednesday, 21 February 2024 @ Altitude Nine, City Hall

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking event in Maroochydore at Altitude Nine, City Hall from 5.30 – 7.30 pm. We will be joined by guest speaker Grantley Switzer, Sunshine Coast Program Lead Olympic and Paralympic Games Brisbane 2032, Sunshine Coast Council.

After 5! Networking events are FREE for all VMA Members and their invited guests. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop new venue industry connections, so don’t miss out!

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

GUEST SPEAKER

Grantley Switzer

Sunshine Coast Program Lead Olympic and Paralympic Games Brisbane 2032,

Sunshine Coast Council

 

Grantley Switzer is an experienced Local Government practitioner, with almost 20 years in the sector. Up until 2014, he was the General Manager Recreation, Culture and Community Infrastructure with Latrobe City Council in Eastern Victoria. In 2014, he was appointed Manager Community, Facilities and Planning with Sunshine Coast Council. In this role, he was an integral part of the Sunshine Coast and wider delivery partner team that responded to the International Olympic Committee candidature process that resulted in Brisbane being awarded the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In April 2022, he moved full-time into the role as Sunshine Coast Program Lead – Brisbane 2032.

In this role as Sunshine Coast Program Lead for the 2032 Games, Grantley is overseeing a wide range of Games functions including legacy planning, governance, city operations, stakeholder engagement and importantly for this audience, the development of 3 new sporting venues, temporary overlays for a range of other Games events and an Athlete’s Village.

MELBOURNE - Thursday, 22 February 2024 @AAMI Park

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking & Industry Celebration for one of the VMA’ founding fathers, Gareth James, who passed away on the 18th of November 2023. Gareth was both a VMA past President, holding the office during 1996/97, and inaugural Venue Management School Chair from 1992/1996. But more than that Gareth was one of the architects and driving forces behind the establishment and success of the Venue Management Association.

The VMA invites Members and guests to celebrate with us the legacy and contribution of Gareth to both the VMA and our great industry, while also taking the opportunity to come together to connect, with the industry.

The events will take place at AAMI Park, from 5.30 – 7.30 pm, and we will be joined by guest speakers on the night of John Harnden CEO of MOPT, Rod Pilbeam, VMA Past President, and Linton Lethlean, VMA Past President. 

This After 5! Networking event is open to all  VMA Members and their guests. We encourage you all to come along as this is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop venue industry connections.

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

 

PERTH - Wednesday, 6 March 2024 @ HBF Park

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking event in Perth at HBF Park from 5.30 – 7.30 pm.

Speaker to be announced shortly.

After 5! Networking events are FREE for all VMA Members and their invited guests. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop new venue industry connections, so don’t miss out!

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

BRISBANE - Wednesday, 20 March 2024 @ Brisbane City Hall, sponsored by Gema Group

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking event in Brisbane at Brisbane City Hall, sponsored by Gema Group from 5.30 – 7.30 pm.

Speaker to be announced shortly.

After 5! Networking events are FREE for all VMA Members and their invited guests. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop new venue industry connections, so don’t miss out!

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

SPONSORED BY – Gema Group

Gema Group began as a humble Australian-owned family business back in 1984 and today still encourages this culture of family that promotes respect, trust and integrity as we do business. With dedication and strength at our core, Gema Group has been delivering amazing event experiences for over 37 years.

SYDNEY - Wednesday, 3 April 2024 @ Hordern Pavilion, sponsored by Maxwood Technology

Join us for the upcoming After 5! Networking event in Sydney at Hordern Pavilion, sponsored by Maxwood Technology from 5.30 – 7.30 pm.

“Everyone has a story from the Hordern!” Join us as we help celebrate the Hordern Pavilion’s 100th anniversary at our After 5! Networking event sponsored by Maxwood Technology. Featuring the woodfire pizza that has been authentic to the Hordern and the storytelling delight of General Manager Anthony Dunsford as he shares tales from the vault and sheds light on this iconic venue’s eclectic past.

After 5! Networking events are FREE for all VMA Members and their invited guests. This is a brilliant opportunity for you and your guests to come together to maintain and develop new venue industry connections, so don’t miss out!

Not a financial VMA Member, please contact Amanda Jamieson on (07) 5575 9185 or membership@vma.org.au to secure your attendance.

Guest Speaker

Anthony Dunsford

General Manager,

Playbill Venues

 

SPONSORED BY – Maxwood Technology

 

 

 

 

 

 

Established in 1989, we have built our reputation on quality products, innovative design solutions, and service.

Backed by world leading manufacturer’s the Kotobuki Group including  Audience Systems and Interkal as well as Internationally renowkned  Junckers, as Maxwood Technology we have established ourselves as a leader in both sports flooring and audience seating solutions across the Australian and New Zealand markets.

Complementing our core range of products, in 2015 we launched an innovative range of LED aisle lighting solutions which can now be found featured in a growing number of venues across Australia and New Zealand.

Thank You To Our Venue Partners

 

Hosting an After 5! Networking Event allows you to showcase your venue, discuss industry issues and network with industry peers. A fabulous opportunity to come together to connect and learn. The hosting venue covers all associated costs to hold event ie – room hire, catering, security, AV and staff. To find out more, download our brochure today!

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