The FBAA has named a handful of key note speakers confirmed for their innovative free conference on November 8 at Sea World in Queensland.
FBAA conference organiser, Leah Renwick, says the event was purposely scheduled on a Friday so that brokers and other attendees might be encouraged to bring their families and enjoy some vacation time on the Gold Coast.
Key speakers are to include Teamcorp director, Tony Wilson, David Carson from Compliance One and Greg Rodgers from law firm Rodgers Barns & Green, as well as others which are still being confirmed.
“[Wilson’s] doing ‘truly motivated teams’,” says Renwick. “So he’s basically coming in and getting people to understand their teams, high performance, the cost of it physically and business-wise…because a lot of brokers forget that they need work/life balance!”
“David Carson will basically be there to educate brokers on compliance and to help companies become compliant,” she adds, while Greg Rogers will be discussing compliance issues from a legal perspective.
“Greg Rodgers is talking about compliance and the law, breeches of the code, new privacy changes and responsible credit reporting changes coming into effect next year – it’s just going to cause a mess! Greg’s basically going through the legal compliance side of things. If there’s a breech and you’re not under the right ACL…he’s coming in to advise the best practice for fixing that. He’s given up his day for free, which is pretty amazing.”
Renwick says the Gala Dinner, which is a cocktail dinner rather than formal and will be running with the conference theme, ‘Masters of the universe’. Three of Sea World’s main attractions will be open, a three-course dinner will be provided and an after-party is being planned at Movie World. Free shuttle buses are also being provided between Sea World and some accommodation areas.
“What we’re trying to do is encouraging brokers to bring their families. We’re doing it on a Friday for a reason. It’s right before the Christmas silly season. Prices have been reduced as well. We’ve done a lot to promote the fact that we’d love to see them bring their families with them…We’re all business people, but at the end of the day, we all need to have a life! It’s been a stressful 12 months for everyone, business has picked up - take some time out and remember what it’s like to relax. The special room rates run for the whole week as well.”