Sun Shines on Future Leaders

Member firms of DFK Australia New Zealand have been encouraged to bring their emerging leaders to the national group’s annual conference.

  • DFK news
  • 17 May 2019

Member firms of DFK Australia New Zealand have been encouraged to bring their emerging leaders to the national group’s annual conference.

A special incentive has been offered for the first time in a bid to attract newcomers to this year’s event taking place in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, from Wednesday, May 22 to Thursday, May 24.

Cheree Woolcock, chairman of DFK Australia New Zealand, said: “All of our 14 member firms will have at least one attendee although many will send all of their partner group.

“For the first time this year, we introduced a discount on registration fees for first-time attendees. This was in an effort to encourage the firms to bring their emerging leaders along.

“As always, the major highlight is continuing to build relationships both from a business and a personal perspective.  With some new attendees there, it will be a great opportunity to meet the emerging leaders and to form ongoing working business relationships.”

The conference will get underway with a tax workshop which will be attended by Roland Graf, president of DFK International, who will also be providing an update on the association and a presentation on business in Europe during the second day.

“The business programme will have a significant focus on marketing as well as issues relating to succession planning both from a valuation and an equity funding perspective,” Cheree said.

“One of our sponsors and keynote speakers is a lender that specialises in providing finance for practitioners both from a practice lending and an equity funding perspective.

“We will also have a session led by ACCA which is in keeping with the involvement that it has with DFK International, and our annual Tax Seminar continues to be a technical highlight of the conference.”

Noosa was chosen as the location for this year’s conference to demonstrate the natural beauty of the region.  It is known for its beaches and great weather – with 2.1 million visitors annually, it is surrounded by stunning beaches, lakes, national parks and lush hinterland. 

A host of social activities will run alongside the business programme, ranging from a visit to the Australia Zoo to kayak and boat tours of the Everglades.

The conference will close with a gala dinner where delegates will be joined by representatives from Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), the chosen charity of DFK Australia New Zealand.

“Each year, a family is in attendance presenting their personal experiences of living in the RMHC houses,” Cheree said.

“As always we will present a donation in the sum of $10,000 to the charity. The evening will be filled with conversation, dancing and socialising whilst enjoying our beach chic theme.  It’s always a great way to finish off a wonderful conference.”