Familiar faces to rejoin the business events industry
Staff changes at Lime & Soda and Vokali, part of the Leisure Time Group, New Zealand
By: Leisure Time Group
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.
Amanda Graham, who recently left the role of Convention Bureau Manager at Hamilton & Waikato Tourism, has a significant and strong business events background. 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.
Amanda said that she is very excited to be back working in the PCO world and working with Scott and the team at Lime and Soda and Vokali.
"These are interesting times for the Business Events sector, and I am looking forward to the challenges this new role will bring."
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. We look forward to Amanda and Amelia starting their roles in the New Year and anticipate a strong year building on the existing level of events in our diary."
Debra Dufty established Lime & Soda (formerly WATevents Ltd) in 2009, "It's been an amazing and challenging journey!" she said.
"I know I am handing over the reins to an extremely professional team and look forward to seeing the business continue to grow and prosper."
Lime & Soda was purchased by the Leisure Time Group in April 2020, strengthening the Group's events division to enable an even broader range of creative event offerings for local and international clientele. Lime & Soda joined the Group's family of travel and event brands which includes destination management company, Vokali – established in 2019 to take over the growing number of event and incentive clients and enquiries the Group were receiving.
Vicki Annison, Sales & Marketing Manager
Leisure Time Group