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Staff Profile: AVPartners appoints Matt Gibbons as Lead Senior Technician at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre

Welcome to Matt Gibbons who has joined us as Lead Senior Technician at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre!

Mr Gibbons will lead the PCEC team of audiovisual technicians and provide support to the Technical Director, Operations Manager and Technical Event Managers to ensure the delivery of seamless and successful events.

Mr Gibbons is a qualified rigger and a highly sought after Lighting Director with over 16 years of experience in this industry. Having commenced his career straight from high school as an AV Technician, he is highly skilled in all aspects of the events industry with an excellent knowledge of audiovisual techniques.

One of his more memorable events includes the recent Telethon Weekend (pictured) where he worked alongside Channel 7 during the live 24 hour broadcast, as Lighting Director in the PCEC’s Riverside Theatre.

When he’s not at work, Matt enjoys music, spending time with his young family, playing with new technology, and DJing.

Welcome to the AVPartners team, Matt!

 

Staff Profile: Tilman Schafer-Martin

Tilman (Tilly) was recently appointed head rigger for AVPartners at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC).

Tilly’s sense of adventure has meant he’s had an extremely diverse and exciting career all over the world. Tilly says “experience through misadventure seems to be my tagline!”

Tilly has worked as a gold prospector, concierge, cook, room-service attendant, tent manager, warehouse manager, time-share sales associate, caterer, glassy, bartender, short filmmaker, wicker furniture salesman, house sitter, babysitter and rouse-about – and now rigger!

Most recently, Tilly worked in Exhibitions with Perth Expohire, prior to moving to AVPartners.

He is excited to take up the role after working as a casual Rigger with AVPartners at PCEC since 2014. Tilly says “PCEC is a central hub for some of the most significant events in Perth. The diversity of the people and characters you get to meet and work with is more than reason enough to keep coming back.”

Tilly loves the events industry and sees it as an interesting way to peek into the world around you – in all its diversity – from one place.

One of his favourite events to work on was CANCEC, an annual Canadian defence and business exhibition. Tilly says “I remember having to push past some high ranking military brass waiting in security checks because I had a chair to deliver. It was quite an extraordinary experience.”

“It was a lot of fun and sent me down the path I’m still on now.”

Tilly was born in Guatemala on Lago De Attitlan, Panajachel, and moved with his mother to Australia. He has three brothers dotted around the world of which he is the eldest but in his words “certainly not the wisest.” With family scattered evenly around the world, Tilly is proud to represent the clan down-under.

In his free time, Tilly enjoys cooking, filmmaking and watching a good (or cheesy) film. Some favourites include Black Dynamite, Aliens, City of God and Children of Men.

A big welcome to Tilly to the AVPartners team!

Media release: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre adopts event app technology, thanks to AVPartners

AVPartners has launched an innovative events app at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, set to create a genuinely interactive event experience at the world-class venue.

The app, PCEC, integrates social media tools, gamification, surveys and live polls with up-to-date event information to ensure Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre events are accessible and relevant for event attendees online, as well as offline.

Delegates can post updates, tag their location, like and comment on posts and send private messages all from within the app. They can also access up-to-date event documentation, such as programs and flyers, speaker, attendee and exhibitor information.

Using PCEC, event organisers can easily update event information and send targeted push notifications to attendees in real-time. Event sponsors can also benefit through branded content and advertising within the app.

Designed for all smart phones, the app also facilitates reporting on active users and interactions within the app, thanks to a built-in analytics function.

Leveraging the latest in event technology, PCEC is provided through a partnership between AVPartners and American mobile event app developer DoubleDutch.

AVPartners Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Partner Ryan Taylor said, “Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre is known for delivering some of Australia’s most innovative conferences and events. PCEC will take the attendee experience at the venue to the next level.”

Nigel Keen, General Manager at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre said, “AVPartners is always on the hunt for new ways to add value at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event app will further bolster our reputation as a world-class MICE destination.”

With numerous unique spaces including a 2,500 seat theatre, Perth’s largest Ballroom, six exhibition pavilions, multiple meeting rooms, boardrooms and two unique outdoor spaces, PCEC is a great choice for events no matter what the type or size. Each year, over 500,000 people attend one or more of the 600 plus events conducted at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The news of the event app launch follows a bumper year for AVPartners in Perth, with the provider hitting a number of milestones in 2014. AVPartners re-signed the Audiovisual Services agreement at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre and was awarded the Exhibition Rigging contract with PCEC.

AVPartners has enjoyed a partnership with PCEC for over five years. AVPartners provides audiovisual and exhibition rigging support for events at the venue and professional technical assistance for delegates.

About the PCEC events app
PCEC combines social media tools, gamification, surveys, and live polls with up-to-date, user-friendly event information; ensuring events are accessible and relevant for the modern event delegate.

Event delegates can post updates, tag their location, like posts, comment on each other’s posts, send private messages, and respond to surveys and live polls all from within the app. The app also integrates with Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Conference delegates can access up-to-date event documentation such as programs and flyers, videos as well as speaker, attendee and exhibitor information through the app.

The app transfers crucial event information traditionally delivered as hard copy documentation or through in-person announcements online. Event organisers can easily update event information at any time without the hassle and cost of printing. They can also send targeted push notifications to attendees giving event organisers a direct line to delegates.

Delegates can leave reviews on sessions, speakers, venues and exhibitors; making it easy for delegates to have their say and conference organisers to collect feedback.

Event sponsors can also gain further visibility with delegates through branded content and advertising within the app.

PCEC includes an analytics function which allows event organisers to comprehensively report on active users, attendee interactions in the app and reviews.

PCEC accommodates all smart phones and is accessible across iOS, Android and HTML5.

About AVPartners
AVPartners is a leading provider of tailored and integrated event audiovisual services including technical production, audio, visual, lighting, event design and event styling.

AVPartners creates integrated event experiences through combining state of the art audiovisual technology, unrivalled expertise and a highly tailored approach.

www.avpartners.com