the drinks association has celebrated its annual Chairman's Drinks with Sydney's stunning harbour as a backdrop.
The association's board members, corporate partners, the drinks team and participants in the inaugural Women in drinks Mentoring Program gathered at Sydney's Luna Park to toast a successful year.
Chair Ralph Dunning raised a glass to the crowd: "May the sun shine, may our customers and government come to grips with CDL, may the majors view your business favourably and may you make and exceed your sales and margin budgets. Stay well, enjoy your holidays, travel safe and Merry Christmas to you all!"
Dunning welcomed Georgia Lennon to her first Chairman's Drinks as drinks association CEO: "We are delighted to have you here and working on our behalf to ensure the association remains engaged, relevant and responsive."
He also paid tribute to retired CEO Sandra Przibilla and the work she had done to build the association and its footprint. During her tenure, the association grew from seven to 28 member companies, with services building from five to 11, plus seven new forums and councils. This year, the association welcomed two new Category 1 members - 100Proof and ILG.
Dunning reminded members that "this association is focussed, professional and, just as importantly, YOURS. Your engagement with it is essential, beneficial and, quite frankly, what helps to drive the quality of our services."
He thanked the drinks team for their efforts, the Corporate Partners for their support and all the Directors for their time, energy, critical thought and good humour.
He also made special mention of the Executive committee: "Thank you to Shane, Michael, Neil, Mark and Tim for their considered counsel and many hours of work."