FBAA's first conference hits last-minute snag

by Adam Smith13 Feb 2012

The FBAA has been forced to scrap plans to hold its inaugural member conference this week, announcing it has been postponed until June.

The conference - themed 'Get on your feet and cement your future' - was until last week slated to be held for February 15-17, but has now been pushed back to the June 13-15.

White told Australian BrokerNews that many of its speakers had been locked in some time ago, but the conference was postponded due to the FBAA organisers underestimating the time it would take to coordinate bringing international speakers from overseas.

"We had key people we wanted to be involved, and we now have that sorted. It got too close to D-Day and we had to make a decision in the best interests of all stakeholders to make sure our key international guests could attend. Some of the people are overseas and the process to get sign-off on that was three months longer than we were told," White said.

White said he was "still handcuffed" from revealing some of the speakers, but argued that the delay to ensure the speakers' involvement would be to the benefit of attendees.

"We didn't want to delay it, but it's in the best interest of everyone. Everyone's been involved on the buy-in as far as the decision to do this," he said.

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  • by DB VIC 13/02/2012 11:04:39 AM

    Ouch! You plan to hold a conference entitled "cement your future" but you cannot even cement your speakers. How do you propose to really stand up to the MFAA who already do nothing to support the brokers. I thought you guys may have been a chance at competing with them. Any good broker would have their times well planned out if they had commited to attending your conference, you really have left a hole in their week, their time and in their pockets. Ouch