Chief executive officer of the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA) Peter White says industry associations should be judged on their effectiveness and has pointed to tomorrow’s conference on the Gold Coast as bringing real value to members and the wider industry.
Mr White said the FBAA has always promoted itself as “run by finance brokers for finance brokers” and believes it is this point of difference that provides benefits to members.
“The bottom line is that we understand the issues and we exist to help members maximise their business opportunities, grow and be prosperous,” he explained.
He said the conference is a good way for members to interact with the association as “members don’t see what we do day-to-day”.
“From advocating with politicians, regulators, lenders and other industry participants, to providing practical assistance and helping to build the industry as a whole, we are always working on behalf of our members.
“The conference is a way to build on this year-round work and inspire our members to be the best they can be.”
The one-day conference received a huge vote of endorsement from participants last year, according to Mr White.
“So many conferences are shallow, and while the social and networking benefits can’t be under-estimated, we want finance professionals to leave with tools that help them take hold of new opportunities.”
The day, hosted at Sea World Resort, will feature key industry speakers Martin Grunstein and Deena Janes as well as international guest speaker Dr Koichi Saito.
Comedian Vince Sorrenti will again be MC, while the day ends with a gala dinner in the Sea World theme park that includes the biggest fireworks display ever seen on the Gold Coast. Cricketing great Max Walker will be the guest speaker.
“The FBAA continues to place a great emphasis on developing our members professionally and we are confident this conference will again be a time for our members to refresh, refocus and refine their business plans.”