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Published on : Friday, November 22, 2013
In any sort of business climate, 40 years of successful operations is hard to achieve. In the MICE world, it is near impossible. So when that amazing milestone is achieved – a party is definitely in order.
Managing Director of arinex Roslyn McLeod stood proudly onstage as she welcomed past and current clients, key suppliers, industry liaisons and staff, to celebrate 40 years of delivering successful conferences, events and services. Over 100 guests joined Roslyn and her team for this important milestone which was celebrated at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Given the long relationship arinex has enjoyed with SCEC it was also fitting farewell to The Centre, with so many arinex clients able to enjoy the meeting venue in which they hosted their conference, one last time.
The event was not only about celebrating past successes, but glimpsing the future. Photos and memorabilia from events over the years captured the history of the Company and the arinex technology team demonstrated their vision and how the Company does not live in the past when it comes to listening to the needs of their clients.
Addressing attendees, Roslyn reminisced about her years in the business from operating as a multilingual guide business in 1973, making the decision to specialise in international conferences in 1976 and then the national expansion of the business over the last decade across Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth. “A major contribution to our growth has been our fantastic clients. So many wonderful conferences make up our history and we thank our clients for having us as part of their success. We love the opportunity to work with clients on worthwhile projects where we can generate many positive outcomes for so many people”
The night was all the more special with a handful of clients and industry stalwarts also saying a few words of congratulations. Retired Naval Architect John Jeremy, Chair of the IMC Conference that partners with the Chief of Navy for his Biennial Conference, a client of arinex for 13 years reminisced on his great bond with the team at arinex. Lee Pippard from Spruson and Fergusons talked about the 11 international IP conferences arinex has organised from 1988 in three states over three decades.
The 40th Birthday Celebration topped off a wonderful year for arinex which has seen management of over 18,000 delegates, the release of cutting edge abstract management software, and recognition for Roslyn as Industry Person of the Year Award at the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME). Many would say well deserving of a champagne or two!