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MFAA Prosper : Mortgage and Finance Brief 13
56 Mortgage & Finance brief This year’s National Convention is set to be one of the best yet, with ‘pre release’ tickets sales reaching record levels. We take a look at what’s lined up, as The Future Unfolds right before your very eyes. by Rob DUgaN The pasT few years have been uncertain on many fronts. however, for mortgage brokers, recent months are providing some welcome clarity. Interest rates are falling, brokers are making inroads into the market share of the major banks and housing commitments are showing signs of life. Changes to education, licensing, regulations and remuneration are now better understood and brokers are adjusting to new norms. The industry is out of the doldrums and picking up pace as ‘the future unfolds’, and there’s no better way to refresh and reconnect with your industry and your colleagues than at the Mfaa National Convention. already the 2012 National Convention has achieved the Mfaa’s highest-ever early registration numbers, with the entire allocation of ‘pre-release’ tickets sold by November. attendees have registered from across australia. part of the reason is adelaide itself, a picturesque coastal city that’s easy to get to, easy to get around and easy on the pocket. The economist rates adelaide as the number-one business travel destination in australia and number three in the world. proximity to some of australia’s best wine regions is also an attraction and may entice delegates to stay on for the weekend. The other reason is the strength of the program and the opportunity to network with peers and suppliers. The 2012 convention program combines australian experts with international speakers to offer a diverse program of practical and informative presenters. all of the keynote speakers and conference sessions will be profiled on the convention website at www.mfaaconvention. com.au . four of the speakers are profiled in the column on the left. The program does not ignore the ‘big picture’ either, with a panel of speakers on hand to discuss the hot topics on the political and economic landscape. as the key issues become clearer we’ll announce who we’re inviting. Of course a big attraction of the convention is the chance to reconnect with colleagues and build new relationships. One of the most popular venues for this to happen is the expoMart, where visitors explore the latest products and services at the industry’s largest mortgage and finance exhibition, and again this year it’s complimentary for all members. whether in the expoMart, the welcome reception, the Gala Dinner or the Comedy Lunch, the convention offers many opportunities to network. events Watch out for... Sir Ranulph Fiennes A highlight this year will be Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The career of Sir Ranulph, 67, can be summarised as ‘soldier then explorer and adventurer’, and his achievements are not small-scale. Sir Ranulph is the only man alive ever to have travelled around the Earth’s circumpolar surface. When you consider that more people have been on the moon than travel around the circumpolar surface you realise why audiences worldwide have been spellbound by the man the Guinness Book of Records describes as ‘the world’s greatest living explorer’. Dan Gregory Dan Gregory from The Gruen Planet will speak on local area marketing – a subject close to the heart of all brokers. Larry Winget Another must see is Larry Winget, the man known as ‘The Pitbull of Personal Development’. Edgy, cantankerous, sarcastic and opinionated, Larry Winget delivers the cold, ugly truth in a way that is provocative, interesting and funny. Brad Smith What do you do when you’re 17 and disappointed with the quality of the bike you have just bought from China? Simple. You go to China, research the market, design a better bike and go in to business producing arguably the best pit bikes available worldwide. Now 24, Brad Smith was Australian Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008 and 2010 Young Tasmanian of the Year. This year you can learn how Brad’s company ‘Braap’ became the three-time Australian Specialised Retail business of the year and take those insights back to your office. Mfaa 2012 national convention: 23-25 May 2012 • adelaide convention centre
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