Day one of the conference opened with pre-conference networking and for the first time, the network engaged an official host of the conference, presenter and facilitator, Rob Brown. Rob opened the first day of sessions, leading theExecutive Session: An interview with Russell Bedford Chair, Bruce Saward, and CEO, Stephen Hamlet.
Up next was Johanna Krumin & quinTTTonic Brass Ensemble, with a fascinating and highly entertaining lesson on Leadership Orchestra.
After a 30-minute networking break, delegates had a choice of three workshops to choose from including, Marketing strategies that really work by Bruno Celidonio and Simone Wesiak, Business valuation: techniques, trends and technology by Paul Resch (Valutico) and Leadership Orchestra workshop with Johanna Krumin & quinTTTonic Brass Ensemble.
After the workshop sessions, delegates broke for a networking lunch and to continue their discussions with colleagues.
The afternoon programme had another set of workshop sessions to choose from including, New international quality management standards: Are we ready? led by Jim Sylph, Soft Landing: Attracting business from inward investors by Roberto Cruz and colleagues and a Roundtable discussion for German speaking members.
Following another opportunity to network, rebuild relationships and establish new ones, the first day’s sessions concluded with updates from some of the network’s newest firms in Amman, Bangkok, Bern, Dallas, Frankfurt, Graz, Malta and Zagreb.
In the evening, delegates gathered, together with their non-delegate guests, for the evening programme which took place at the spectacular 57 Restaurant at Meliá Vienna. Guests enjoyed drinks, dinner and music in Austria’s tallest building, with stunning night city views.
Day two of the conference commenced with pre-conference networking, followed by opening remarks from Rob Brown.
The opening session was led by guest speaker, Hélio Vogas, with a highly entertaining, interactive session, Safe Danger: taking risk doesn't need to be dangerous.
Next, delegates heard from Angus Farr, director of training provider, Training Counts, who explored The 5 emerging challenges of managing hybrid accountants.
After a networking break, delegates chose from another selection of workshops including, Finding the One: recruitment and selection skills by Angus Farr, Practice management systems: compare and contrast led by Eser Amorim and Peter Shields and Cyber Security for you and your clients by Alon Amit.
After an excellent morning programme, delegates broke for a networking lunch.
The afternoon sessions began with a very interesting panel discussion on Sustainability – the business case. Panellists included Michael Sweeney, new APAC Board Director from the Russell Bedford’s Adelaide member firm, Lina Lemessiou, Russell Bedford’s incoming Director of Professional Standards and Deanna Salo, North America Board Director from the Russell Bedford’s Chicago member.