The Exhibition and Events Association’s annual conference is set to take place on the 8th and 9th of June at the prestigious CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria. Both plenary and breakaway sessions will leave delegates with some great insights and informative tips taken from industry thought leaders.

The breakaway session subjects will vary from business tools, sales and marketing ideas, as well as sessions that cater for all of the different Forums of the Association, namely Organisers, Venues, Suppliers/Services and the Young Professionals Forum. The plenary sessions will cover topics in a broader sense to inspire and motivate.

This year EXSA is also adding an exhibition element to the conference. New products will be showcased and EXSA members will be able to show off their innovative talent with designer “cubes” on a pallets face. If you would like to exhibit please contact the EXSA office.

Bookings are open and EXSA urges you to attend this thought-provoking industry conference and share in the knowledge of these renowned thought leaders. It’s also a great networking opportunity for you to interact with organisers, venues, and suppliers in the exhibition and events industry. This conference may also give you your next big idea, or inspire you to change your way of doing business and possibly growing it further.

The delegate cost is R2 950 excluding VAT for EXSA members and R3 950 for non-members. Young Professionals under the age of 35 will cost R1 450 excluding VAT, for members and R1 950 excl VAT for non-members. This includes a Gala networking evening on Monday night where entertainment will be on hand.

Keynote speakers include:

Richard Mulholland The founder of The Missing Link, a specialist strategy company. His dynamic way of thinking took him from rigging lights at rock concerts to telling CEOs how and what to do. Voted as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 300 top young South Africans to take to lunch, and also Destiny Man’s Top 40 South Africans under the age of 40 (an honour he is, sadly, no longer applicable for), Richard will be revealing tips and knowledge on marketing and innovation taken from his book Legacide – why legacy thinking is the silent killer of innovation.

Emma Sadleir – Co-author of Don’t Film Yourself Having Sex and media lawyer who will be presenting on media ethics – the pitfalls, the legalities, the risks and the opportunities for both individuals and brands. As a top commentator for the Oscar Pistorius case that made headlines worldwide, Emma is one of South Africa’s chief authorities on social media ethics and legal parameters in the digital world – with areas of expertise that include all aspects of print and electronic media law.

Colin Browne – Author of How to Build a Happy Sandpit a ground-breaking book based on insights, stories and lessons conducted with more than 60 South African businesses on how their culture drives success. Colin will demonstrate that it does not matter whether you’re in charge of a business, a division of a business, or a department within a division of a business, these lessons are essential in helping you create better teams to produce better results.

Gilan Gork South Africa’s renowned “Mentalist and Master of Influence” who specialises in presentations of thought reading, psychological influence, predictions and body language will showcase these abilities, offering tips and skills that delegates can use in their own leadership, sales or negotiations. With over 17 years of experience, Gilan has been hired by companies around the world as an expert business speaker and trainer to impart these valuable and potent skills.

Nick Binedell Founding Director of the Gordon Institute of Business Science, he has invested 30 years into business education following his initial career in mining and manufacturing. With his personal insights and experience he will address delegates on competitive strategy, global dynamics and its impact on competitiveness, South Africa’s business challenges and leadership skills, and the capabilities required to manage in a challenging, exciting and fast-changing country.

Wayne Duvenage – He will address the issue of Service. Well known as Chairperson of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) and now Managing Director of eXcentris, Wayne’s presentation is based on a true case study on Service Excellence undertaken whist he was the Chief Executive of Avis Rent a Car in South Africa from 2006 to 2012, which generated some of the highest sustainable service levels achieved by Avis on an international basis. Delegates can expect practical examples, as well as insights and tips on how to achieve service excellence.

For further information or sponsorship opportunities, please call the EXSA office on +27 (0)11 805 7272 or email