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Bernie Brookes to keynote at retail industry awards celebration- ARA Australian Retail Awards breakfast tickets on sale now


Peak retail body the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) said it was encouraging those in the retail industry to secure tickets to the ARA Australian Retail Awards breakfast for the chance to hear a keynote address from Myer CEO and Managing Director Bernie Brookes, head of what many call a centrepiece of Australian retail.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said state and national award winners for ARA Australian Retail Awards would be announced at the breakfast including the major award, the 2012 Visa Australian Retailer of the Year.

ARA Australian Retail Awards- key information:
WHAT: 2012 ARA Australian Retail Awards breakfast
WHEN: Thursday 22 November 2012, 7:30am (for 8:00am start) to 10:30am
WHERE: Daltone House, Darling Island Wharf, Pyrmont NSW
COST: $60 per head for ARA members or $80 per head for non- members
TO BOOK/ MORE INFORMATION: TICKETS now on sale- buy now or email 
For more information visit or call1300 368 041.
AWARD CATEGORIES: Visa Australian Retailer of the Year, BDO Australian Retail Employer of the Year, eftpos Australian Independent Retailer of the Year, The Realise Group Australian Retail Innovator of the Year and Deakin University Australian Retail Graduate of the Year. The ARA is also introducing two new awards: eBay & PayPal Australian Multichannel Retailer of the Year and FCB Australian Retail HR Practitioner of the Year.

Zimmerman said, “We are very excited that Bernie Brookes is to be our guest and keynote speaker at the award ceremony. Bernie runs one of the most historically relevant businesses in Australian retail and it will be a pleasure to have his extensive experience and insights showcased at the event.

“The ARA Australian retail awards breakfast is an iconic and cornerstone event which celebrates the best in the industry. It’s a pleasure to once a year reward those retailers who have shone through the tough times and remained relevant to the communities they serve.

“Despite the difficulties retail is currently facing, we are celebrating and rewarding those retailers who are focused on innovation and prosperity, as well as key contributors to a sustainable industry,” Zimmerman said.

Vipin Kalra, Visa’s Country Manager Australia said, “Visa is delighted to be promoting retail excellence through the ARA Australian Retail Awards. In these challenging times, it’s vital that retailers continue to innovate and find new ways to drive customer satisfaction, and these awards are a way to celebrate the industry’s high achievers.”

Since 1903 the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has been the peak industry body representing Australia’s $240 billion retail sector which employs over 1.2 million people. The ARA ensures retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 5000 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. Visit or call 1300 368 041. -ends-  For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman
contact: Andie McMaster, Media and Communication Advisor T: 0408 613 178 E:

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