Mr Michael Firman AFMEA
With a background in tourism and hospitality, Michael is an industry professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the exhibition and events industry.
As the General Manager of Exhibitions at Harry the hirer, Michael directs and coordinates the activities of the exhibitions division nationally for Harry the hirer. As well as leading and directing the employees of multiple divisions within the exhibitions department, other duties include sales and marketing, administration of policy and procedure, development and implementation of systems and processes, client relationship management, creation and maintenance of sales budgets, evaluation of the departments’ performance and efficiency while maintaining the company culture.
After completing a Graduate Diploma of Australian Tourism in 1992, Michael began working for Club Méditerranée as a ‘gentil organisateur’ working as a group leader and entertainment officer for resort guests, conference delegates and incentive groups.
Upon returning to Melbourne in 1998, he commenced a career in events working with Staging Connections as a Venue Services manager, posted in venues such as Carlton Crest (Pullman Albert Park), Park Hyatt Melbourne and Crown Towers.
In 2005, Michael worked for a short time with Haycom Staging before commencing a career in the exhibition industry in 2006 with Expohire, which became Exponet in 2008, where Michael worked as the Melbourne Sales Manager.
Michael has worked as the General Manager of Exhibitions at Harry the hirer since 2014 and is a current board member of MEA.