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With some 400 retailers,
UCB staff and trade
partners in attendance,
there was plenty happening.
The first day, which was packed with
recreational activities, including, golf,
karting & day spa, led to a welcoming
BBQ dinner for UCB members and
guests. The second day was all
business, with a conference session
and trade show. The theme of this
year’s conference was Going
CEO Darren Park opened the
business session and in his address
said that while these were tough
times we need to maintain a positive
attitude which will flow through to
staff and customers ensuring we
sur vive and continue to succeed.
He was followed by Mike Greene,
CEO of HIM UK, Brett Barclay of HIM
Australia, and Mark Bouris, executive
chairman of Yellow Brick Road
Athlete Raelene Boyle wrapped up
the session with the story of her life
as an international competitor,
and her battle with breast cancer.
She closed by stressing her personal
philosophy: what you have is yours,
so have a go and fight for it. Get up,
dust yourself off and go forward.
Attendees then made their way into
the Trade Show to pick themselves
up a bargain from over 50 Trade
Partners present at the conference.
There were excellent booths, with
conference deals and activities to
keep members going throughout
The 2011 Conference culminated
in a fireworks display and Gala
If the invitation says ‘masquerade’,
then obviously you need a mask.
But that wasn’t a problem at the
UCB Masquerade Ball – they were
everywhere! Amid the glitter, feathers
and sequins sported by the ladies,
there were gangsters a-plenty, a
gorilla and at least one Phantom of
the Opera who completed his look
with a hat.
From there it was downstairs to the
tennis centre which had hosted the
barbecue dinner of the night before,
but this time it was ‘formal dress’ –
a black and white theme with crystal
candelabra on every table. It looked
very elegant until you noticed the icy
Ice Break cocktail bar with its line-up
of cocktail blenders and drinks waiter
on stand-by, the drum kit on stage
which said ‘Beatnix’, and an energetic
introductor y dance routine – all a
hint of what was to come.
A three-course dinner was served
with a couple of interruptions for
important announcements: the
10-year honour roll and the always
hotly contested annual UCB awards.
There was one more announcement
to be made before the festivities
could continue, and that was the
winner of the jet ski, the major prize
on offer this year from Parmalat. Ian
and Stephanie Smith from Shell
Allandale were the winners.
Versatile opera and rock singer
David De Vito took the stage and
was warmly welcomed, the crowd
initially singing along to old
favourites before hitting the floor
as he launched into rock classics.
He finished with a stunning rendition
of Puccini’s aria Nessun dorma, the
screams, shouts and applause made
it clear that he had been a
The dance troupe returned to
perform a spirited routine from the
musical Chicago and then it was
time for the Fab Four... Not the
Beatles – the drum kit had given it
away. It was well-known tribute
band, the Beatnix.
Over the course of the conference
UCB members and trade partners
UCB does it again!
The 2011 UCB Awards
Representative of the Year – a three-way tie
Reagan Ampeloquio, Mars (award collected by Sam Shanks)
Rebecca Mildon, Philip Morris
Ken Ramsay, Parmalat (collected by Alex Khoury)
New Product of the Year
Da rk Cherr y Ripe, Cadbur y (collected by Bret t Myers)
Best Trade Display (as voted by the members)
Coca-Cola (colle cted by Joel Monah a n)
Lucky Voter ($500 cash, for voting for the display)
Richard Wheeler, BP Kelmscott
Supplier of the Year
Mars (collected by Sam Shanks)
Sa rah Conoley, for all her work organi si ng the confe rence.
Simon Egan, acknowledging 10 years of service at UCB.
UCB held its 10th annual two day conference at the
Royal Pines resort on the Gold Coast in October.
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