Caravan Industry Association Victoria’s Hall of Fame Business Awards and Gala Event Recap

On Friday, 6 July 2018 the Caravan Industry Association Victoria hosted its prestigious annual Hall of Fame Business Awards and Gala Event at Melbourne’s Crown Palladium.

The theme this year was ‘Caravanning is Magic’ which was reinforced by the opening act, vocal group ‘Sisters and Misters’ who performed a magical medley of acapella songs. The audience was then wowed by a whimsical performance by well-known illusionist, Matt Hollywood.

Mr Rob Lucas, CEO, Caravan Industry Association Victoria, stated ‘The Hall of Fame gala event is an opportunity to celebrate people who have contributed greatly to the growth and professionalism of our industry along with celebrating excellence, innovation and achievement in one of Victoria’s most vibrant industries, the Caravan industry.’
We had much to celebrate this year as we recognised another group of pioneers and industry leaders into the Caravan Industry Association Victoria's Hall of Fame. The inductees were:
  • Leo Cronin
  • Rob Funder
  • Peter Wright
These inductees have made significant achievements within their businesses and are well respected within the Caravan industry today.
Annually on this night of nights, the Association acknowledges and awards the George Pantazopoulos Young Achiever Award and the Charlie Tebb Service to Industry Award. This year’s winners were:
  • 2018 George Pantazopoulos Young Achiever Award – Irene Viergever (Thetford Australia Pty Ltd)
  • 2018 Charlie Tebb Service to Industry Award – Steve Borg (Retreat Caravans)
As part of the prestigious event, members of the Association were recognized in the CIA VIC Business Awards. The winners were:
  • Excellence in Manufacturing (Category Partner – AL-KO International Pty Ltd) Nova Caravans
  • Excellence in Dealer/Retailer (Category Partner – G&S Chassis) – Ian Grant’s Caravans
  • Excellence in Manufacturing other than Caravans/RVs (Category Partner – Caravan Industry Association of Australia) – Thetford Australia Pty Ltd
  • Excellence in Service and Repairer (Category Partner – Dometic) – Hardings Swift Caravan Services
The Association was happy to announce MPC Mags and Tyres as the events major partner; committing for the next three years. The success of the evening is a credit to all of our partners, being:
  • MPC Mags and Tyres;
  • AL-KO International;
  • Camec;
  • Caravan Industry Association of Australia;
  • Dometic;
  • G&S Chassis;
  • Commerce Press;
  • Hume City Council;
  • Melbourne Trophy Centre;
  • Moreton Hire;
  • Parable Productions; and
  • What’s Up Downunder.
CIA VIC would like to congratulate all the 2018 finalists and winners, and thank all of you who attended for helping us celebrate that 'Caravanning is Magic'!

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