NZGTA Newsletter - August 2014

August 2014

New Chairman and End of an Era…

At the 2014 AGM, Bill Spillane, one of the NZGTA’s founding members and Chairman spanning more than 25 years announced he is stepping down from the role.

With so many changes afoot with the NZ Gift Trade Association we thought it timely to send out an update to members. We trust you will find it valuable.

Bill Spillane needs little introduction as one of the two founding members of the NZGTA, leading it’s formation and growth as a powerful industry voice, representing in any one year close to 600 member Gift & Homewares wholesaler, importer and manufacturing businesses. Bill has been instrumental in building the basis of what remains a profitable and sustainable trading ground for the New Zealand Gift and Homewares industry. It is difficult to give justice to all the very positive initiatives that Bill and his very loyal and long serving committee members have delivered over 25 years. Bill has spent years negotiating on behalf of the association for many industry leading supplier offerings, as well as guiding new and existing importers to visit international trade fairs, connecting them with manufacturers in China and across the world. Bill has strongly defended the best interests of New Zealand wholesalers and with the backing of his own successful housewares importing business was instrumental in driving his own private family acquisition of the NZ Gift Fairs from the Daily Mail Group’s DMG World Media NZ Ltd back in 2009, which may have otherwise seen these events in the hands of any number of international gift show organisers. A few other highlights include Bill and the committee establishing the Key Buyer program for the Gift Fairs, which, to this day remains a unique and valued offering for member nominated VIP retailers to enjoy a program of convenient vehicle shuttle services from airports and hotels, a dedicated VIP retailer lounge and other special benefits to entice our most important retailers and bulk buyers to these events. The committee has also been instrumental in establishing the highly anticipated exhibitor networking evenings at the NZ Gift Fairs. Bill has worked tirelessly to listen and act on industry feedback on how to improve trading conditions and the NZ Gift Fairs. He believes it is good timing for him to step down from the Chair role, leaving the not for profit incorporated society accounts in a very strong, sustainable position Bill will remain on the executive committee in an advisory role, and continue to be a familiar face around the gift fairs. Bill’s ability to implement improvements to the NZ Gift Fairs has been fast tracked in recent years as an owner/organiser of the events over the past five years. The role is one that requires leadership, and a dedication of considerable

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The NZGTA Committee

NZGTA new website The long awaited new NZGTA website is finally live! A great new look for 2014. Check out the history of the NZGTA, meet the people behind the Executive Committee and read about their journey in the industry. A dedicated group of people, the committee continue on from their predecessors, guiding and shaping the NZ Gift industry. Make sure you visit the services and benefits page and see as a member what’s in it for you. The expansive range of providers means savings for members regardless of the size or nature of their business. We have also included quick links so you can easily access information including the Gift Fairs.

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