GainingEdge
Convention & Exhibition Centre Advisory

We have consulted on both new and expansion projects for facilities in Australasia, Africa, Asia, Middle East and North America. This experience and our global network in the convention industry allow us to provide invaluable support to developers.

The GainingEdge team brings unique experience in this specialised industry. Leveraging our expertise in destination strategy, our development advisory team offers an integrated scope of services in convention centre development – ranging from conceptualisation, site assessment, feasibility studies to design reviews and pre-opening planning.

Our market and operational consultants collaborate to bring both client and operator perspectives to every engagement. This includes insights that target markets to inform building configuration and specifications; operational considerations; and overall market strategy.

The ultimate success of a convention & exhibition centre is contingent on the capability of the management team operating the facility. There are multiple operating models available. We advise on the most suitable model with due regard to location, target market, and overall facility mission, seeking to balance ownership control and expertise in facility management.

 

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Our Experts

  • Rod Kamleshwaran

    Rod Kamleshwaran - COO & Partner

    Rod leads GainingEdge’s Convention Centre advisory team. His areas of expertise include feasibility studies, operational reviews, and development and asset management of Hotels and Convention Centres. At GainingEdge, he has consulted in Australia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Singapore and Thailand. Rod has provided convention centre development advisory services including feasibility studies, site assessments, design reviews, pre-opening planning, operator selection and contract negotiations.

    Rod has 20 years of experience in senior roles in hospitality and the corporate sector. He was previously at InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) as regional CFO for Australasia Pacific. As asset manager for owned and leased hotels and venues he had responsibility from development stage to opening. He started his career at PwC where he held senior roles and was involved in numerous feasibility studies. Road has an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce, and is also a CPA.

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    Rod Kamleshwaran

    COO & Partner

    Australia

  • Gary Grimmer

    Gary Grimmer - CEO & Strategic Consultant

    Gary has over 30 years’ experience in the convention industry. In 2004 he founded GainingEdge, a global consulting company that offers advisory services in relation to destinations, convention bureaus and convention and exhibition centres. It also provides convention and incentive sales representation services in all of the world’s key markets. The company’s services are end-to-end, with specialist expertise and global networks that cover both the supply and demand sides of the market. GainingEdge also manages the BestCities Global Alliance which is comprised of 12 of the world’s leading destinations. Gary has consulted at the local and national level on over 100 projects in all parts of the world.

    Previously Gary was the CEO of Convention and Visitor Bureaus in Melbourne (Australia), Albuquerque (New Mexico, USA) and Portland (Oregon, USA.) He also served as Vice President for the Boston (Massachusetts, USA) bureau. His convention centre consulting experience includes market feasibility, demand analysis, facility scoping, design review, site review and operational consultation for convention centre developments. He also served on the London International Convention Centre Commission.

    Gary was one of the lead consultants on Destination Next, a global study for Destinations International (DI) which defined the future of destination marketing. He is a former Chairman of the Board of DI and was one of the first six inductees into the inaugural Dl Hall of Fame in 2014. He also received the Asia Pacific IMEX Academy Award in 2007.

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    Gary Grimmer

    CEO & Strategic Consultant

    Australia

  • Mike Williams

    Mike Williams - Senior Partner & Consultant

    Mike is a destination and convention and visitor bureau specialist with 30 years’ experience in the tourism and business events industry. Since joining Gaining Edge in 2007 he has been a lead consultant on destination and convention bureau development for clients in Australia, Africa, China, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Qatar, Rwanda, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom & USA. Mike was the lead consultant for establishment and capability strengthening for the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau. This project included the collaboration with a university and research company to undertake an economic impact study and exhibition industry opportunity study. Mike was also deeply involved in bureau development programmes in Japan, Macao and Thailand. He has also been providing consultancy support for convention centre developments around the globe, including a number within the Asia Pacific region. In addition, Mike oversees GainingEdge's in-market sales representation.

    Mike served as General Manager Sales & Marketing for the Melbourne Convention & Visitors Bureau. During his tenure, he was involved in the National Business Events economic impact study and Melbourne Delegate Expenditure survey in collaboration with a university and research company. He also worked in senior marketing roles with Tourism Australia helping establish their presence in the Asia market and overseeing travel trade development in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Mike was instrumental in the development of AIME, the largest MICE tradeshow in the Asia Pacific and the world’s first BestCities Global Alliance which includes Singapore as a partner. Mike is also a past Victorian State Chair and National President of Meetings and Events of Australia (MEA).

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    Mike Williams

    Senior Partner & Consultant

    Australia