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The Camper Care NZ Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show continues to be the bench mark exhibitors measure sales and results, with the Hamilton show easily the biggest and best show in New Zealand.  It is an outstanding show, with attendance growing every year and Classic Events continue to provide value for both exhibitors and visitors.  We are committed to attending the Hamilton show in March 2015, as would not miss the opportunity to put our product in front of the biggest motorhome and caravan crowd in the country.”

Rob Axton, Managing Director, Country Caravans

“Michele’s enduring qualities are her impeccable character, her personal honesty, her creative ability, her very
high standard of professionalism. As Balloons over Waikato’s General Manager, Michele has taken the Event
to new heights culminating in the award for Best Not For Profit/ Public Sector category at the 2008 Westpac
Business Excellence Awards and Waikato Times Tempo Readers Choice Awards of Best Waikato Event for six of
the last seven years.”

John Makgill, Trust Chairman, Balloons over Waikato Trust

“Fonterra has been a key sponsor of the Balloons over Waikato for the past four-five years and will continue their
sponsorship of this event for years to come. Working with Michele and the Balloons over Waikato team has
been loads of fun, the event is very well organised so we know exactly our role in the event, we also get the air
time and branding we need to make the whole event worthwhile.. Its a brilliant festival and Michele continues to
put on the best show on earth.”

Sam Allnutt, Business Manager Export, Fonterra Brands

“We have been a sponsor of Balloons over Waikato for five years now and it has always been an absolute
pleasure. Our need to leverage our sponsorship has been kept front of mind and has been followed through
with a well run series of events.
I have enjoyed working with the enthusiastic team who cope well even with the frenetic pace of proceedings
during the event week. I look forward to the continued relationship and the benefits which it brings to our
company and customers.”

Peter Grant, Regional Manager, Vodafone

“I have worked with Michele and her team over the last eight years with Balloons over Waikato, The Camper Care Motorhome, Caravan & Leisure Show North and South, The Great NZ Food Show & The Great NZ Outdoor & Leisure Show. During this time I have found the team to be an incredibly innovative, organised and a fun group to work with, making each show and the Balloons over Waikato Festival a truly iconic Waikato Event. Balloons over Waikato is a jewel in Waikato’s crown, and it is a credit to the team that it has continued to grow and evolve over the many years we have been lucky enough to have it in our region.  Classic Events are always open to new ideas, concepts and always encouraging new ways to promote each of their shows and events.  NZME looks forward to  working with the Classic Events team for every show they run, and hope to further grow our relationship in the future with the many more exciting events this team will put together!”

Glenn Roberts, Marketing Consultant, NZME

“I have worked with Michele over a number of years with different organisations as a wine sponsor for Balloons
over Waikato. This event has always been extremely well run and the attention to detail is incredible. When
moving to a new company I was thrilled to be able to encourage them to take on the event as a sponsor and
Michele and her team were very enthusiastic about welcoming a new brand into their event. I am sure we will
have many years of business ahead of us!”

Greg Bell, Business Development Manager, Yealands Estate

“TVNZ are sponsors of Balloons over Waikato and our relationship with Michele and her team, who run the
event, is long standing. Such an event requires professionalism, organisation, communication and flexibility
and this is integral to Classic Events and their business practice. They are open to and generate new ideas and
provide us with opportunities to leverage the event and maximise our involvement. We can always be assured
that Classic Events will ensure the event is a success and our sponsorship relationship secure as a result.”

Liz Lawrence, Waikato Account Manager, TVNZ

“It has been my pleasure to have worked with Michele Connell and her team for over six years on the annual
Balloons over Waikato event. As a supplier as well as a sponsor of this event, during this time I have always
been impressed with the professionalism and outstanding co-ordination that Michele seems to be able to
improve on each year. The event has run like clockwork every year.
The fact that Michele has now branched out and created Classic Events is certainly going to enable other
people to enjoy the experience of a professionally run organization. This will only enhance and improve what
may already be an experience not to miss. I have absolutely no doubt that Classic Events will only enhance and
improve on this.”

Chris Dilloway, Performance Enhancement Leader, Hirepool

“ASB and Michele and her team have worked together on events for some considerable time. The length of
time we have been involved in key events is a tribute to the professionalism of Michele and her team and
the dedication to supporting and working with sponsors to make the events a huge success. Teamwork is
outstanding and detail is planned jointly to ensure all parties fully understand expectations and goals for a
successful event.
Very happy to recommend Michele and team to anyone looking at event management.”

Mark Duhig, Regional Manager Central Nth Island, ASB

“We are happy to recommend Michele Connell to anyone considering a new event no matter how large. Her
experience provides a real appreciation of key objectives, the marketing and promotion and finally execution
and operation. She has developed an impressive track record over numerous events including the renowned
Balloons over Waikato. This international event has evolved and grown immensely with each year becoming
more successful than the last.”

David Marcellus, Managing Director, Signature Homes

“As an international creative major event producer and commentator of some 30 years standing, I have no
hesitation in recommending Michele Connell and her team of professionals at Classic Events to any prospective
client. She manages to combine professionalism, good humour and above all honesty, into an unbeatable
organisational package. She has a deep understanding of all aspects of special event management and a wide
range of specialist contacts to ensure the successful outcome of any type or size of event.”

Trevor Graham, Creative Director, Warbirds over Wanaka

“We were extremely impressed with the way that the Balloons over Waikato team carefully matched our brand to
an appropriate balloon and then helped us to make the most of the event. They were very professional and their
enthusiasm was infectious. We found the event fantastic and are already working on plans for next year with
the Balloons over Waikato team to continue bringing colour to the sky.”

Karen Warman, Marketing Manager, Resene