Aggregator to host first national conference

by Miklos Bolza19 Jun 2017
Australian Finance Group (AFG) will host its national broker conference for the first time this year after bringing together its state-based events into the one location.

Speaking to Australian Broker, CEO David Bailey said that historically, the aggregator had focused on broker education and training involved a masterclass – a weeklong roadshow held in each of the states across Australia.

“This year we decided to consolidate that by holding it in Sydney and having them all in the one place at the one time. We’ve been doing masterclasses for a number of years and they’ve been very successful but now and then it’s nice to mix it up a bit and change the format.”

With more than 1,000 brokers expected to attend this year’s AFG National Broker Conference, this was the largest undertaking the aggregator had ever attempted.

“It’s reflective of the fact we’ve got 2,800 brokers. Here’s an opportunity for them to participate in some sessions over two days and interact with other brokers and learn from each other.”

A limitation of the masterclass format was that brokers were mixing solely with others from their own states, Bailey said.

“Here’s an opportunity for them to mix with brokers from different locations.”

On the first day of the conference, AFG will hold a series of breakout sessions which brokers will pre-register for prior to the event.

“They’ll enrol into attending different sessions. One’s an economic update, one’s an inspirational discussion with key individuals, one’s someone talking about inclusion and diversity, one is about intermediaries, and so forth. There are a number of options they can select.”

The second day will be a full day of conferencing to bring all the brokers together with addresses from a number of key individuals including ASIC deputy chair Peter Kell, former Victorian Premier and Beyond Blue founder Jeff Kennett, and CBA general manager of broker and third party banking Sam Boer.

“There are lots of opportunities for the brokers to expand their knowledge and be exposed to different people from different backgrounds which they might not necessarily get in their home state.”

The conference will be held from 22 to 24 June at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney with attendees also staying at the nearby Westin and Swissotel. Flights and airport transfers will not be included. While registration for the event is full, interested brokers can head to the AFG site to be added to the waitlist.

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