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25 April 2012

PLASA AGM Highlights a Year of Change

PLASA will host its 2012 European AGM and Members' Lunch on Tuesday 29 May at BAFTA in Central London. Over 200 members and guests are expected to take part in the event, which includes the opportunity to feedback on the work that PLASA is doing, contribute to the future direction of the Association, and enjoy networking with fellow members.

Over the past year PLASA has embraced a completely different governance structure, expanded its portfolio of events in North America, and introduced a range of new services and benefits. Members at the AGM will also learn more about PLASA's proposed global strategy and the crucial role played by the respective Regional Boards and Governing Body in the planning process.

The PLASA Members' Lunch will be followed by a very special guest speaker in the form of Iron Maiden front man, Bruce Dickinson. Well known as the lead singer of one of the most successful rock bands of all time, having sold over 85 million albums worldwide, Bruce's other passion is flying and he was previously a pilot and marketing director for Astraeus Airlines.

His evident entrepreneurial spirit has seen him obtain government funding to create an aircraft maintenance company creating 1500 jobs in Wales and he is also involved in an airship venture to manufacture drones which have both a military and a commercial application.

Matthew Griffiths, CEO of PLASA commented: "This is an important event for the Association and its members, not just for celebrating the successes of the last year but also in looking to the future. It's great for networking too so I'd like to encourage all our members to come along and enjoy the day".

Notes to Editors:

PLASA is the lead professional body for businesses that supply technologies and services to the event, entertainment and installation industries. Operating from offices in Europe and North America, the Association provides business support services to its growing worldwide membership, writes industry standards, leads the development of qualifications and focuses on improving the business practices adopted by the industry. With over 1100 members worldwide, it represents one of the largest member networks in the industry.

PLASA also runs successful media and events divisions and is responsible for the industry-leading magazines Lighting&Sound International, Lighting&Sound America and Protocol and the PLASA Show in London, together with the European and North American regional PLASA Focus events.

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