Amanda Graham is business development manager – MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) and Amelia Lowe is an incentive and event manager.
Lime & Soda’s general manager, and former owner, Debra Dufty will be finishing in her role by the end of this year after assisting in the business transition following Leisure Time Group’s purchase of Lime & Soda earlier this year.
Graham, who recently left the role of convention bureau manager at Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, will take up her new BDM position in January 2021. In the five years she spent with Hamilton & Waikato Tourism she led the region’s growth and reputation for business events. Prior to this she was BDM at Hamilton Gardens for three years and has spent over 20 years as a professional conference organiser including time spent operating her own PCO businesses. Graham has also held prominent positions within the industry including Chair of New Zealand Convention Bureaux, and Gold Board Representative with CINZ (now BEIA).
“These are interesting times for the Business Events sector, and I am looking forward to the challenges this new role will bring.” Says Graham.
Amelia Lowe has been working in the events industry for five years, most recently with Conference Innovators and prior to that with ProMag Publishing, and as events coordinator for the Fire Protection Association NZ.
Leisure Time Group managing director, Scott Mehrtens, said it was a very exciting time for the group and their business event division, “We are thrilled to welcome these two very experienced and well-respected event professionals into our business events teams.” Says Mehrtens.