18 OCT 2ND FUTURE LEADERS’ CONFERENCE GAINS MOMENTUMKreston held its second Future Leaders’ conference in London, attracting nearly 50 delegates from 12 countries.
Following a welcome reception at The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, the conference opened with an introduction to Kreston by European Regional Director, Dagmar Brösztl-Reinsch from Kreston Bansbach. Dagmar gave attendees an overview of Kreston, its history and the vision for the future of the network and then recently appointed Kreston CEO, Liza Robbins introduced herself and offered an insight into the values and traits that are important when leading an international network.
The theme of the main business agenda, presented again by Tim Sayers from PDW Group, looked at leadership behaviours in the context of developing and leading high performing teams and the attributes needed to make the team a success. Through a range of activities, including breakout sessions, Tim and his team facilitated a great mix of coaching and professional acting and the event concluded when delegates presented their findings to the rest of the group.
Liza commented: “It was excellent to welcome returning and new future leaders to this conference and to see them interactive so well with each other. Succession has been identified as among the top issues facing the accounting profession and I feel sure we will be in very capable hands over the coming years.”
Delegates then enjoyed street food and competitive crazy golf at Swingers Golf and a fun team building challenge at famous London attraction, The Crystal Maze Live Experience.
26 MAR BISHOP FLEMING LEADS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS CONFERENCES
”With the lure of international opportunity, and Brexit only months away, now is the time to explore how expanding your horizons overseas could take your business forward. Whether you are looking to exploit overseas markets, or structuring to manage Brexit, you need the expertise and connections to make this happen”
Colleagues at UK firm Bishop Fleming will host their highly anticipated International Business Conferences across three UK locations from 27 November with a focus on helping businesses see their international ambitions and objectives become a reality.
Chris Walklett, International Tax Partner at Bishop Fleming will set the scene for businesses thinking about stepping onto the international stage and Wendy Andrews, Brexit Specialist at Bishop Fleming will update all on the latest developments.
Chris and Wendy will be joined by speakers from Kreston firms in the USA and The Netherlands, who will present on how to take advantage of these respective markets, whether for growth or to manage Brexit.
These include Laura Plotner, Managing Director at CBIZ MHM whose international expertise includes assistance with both inbound and outbound transactions and structural planning; Jelle Bakker, Partner at Bentacera in The Netherlands, who specialises in International tax and tax structuring and Tax Advisor Dennis Schoemaker from Kreston Lentink.
All of these events are free to attend. For further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
26 MAR DELEGATES LOOK TO THE FUTURE AT KRESTON’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
132 delegates and 41 companions attended from 32 countries at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, USA, recently.
Bent Kofoed, Chairman of Kreston opened with the AGM and then Liza Robbins, Kreston CEO presented Kreston’s strategic plans for the years ahead.
Our key-note this year was futurist Patrick Schwerdtfeger of Trend Mastery, a leading authority on technology trends. Patrick’s first thought-provoking session was entitled “Anarchy”. Patrick highlighted that today’s leaders need to understand the trends in today’s technology and that to succeed, they need to understand the dynamics of disruptive innovation and the implications of an increasingly decentralised world.
“Build a culture of innovation! Build a team of leaders! these are exciting times. The next ten years will be nothing like the last ten!” This was the primary message in Patrick’s interactive second session and that by reviewing technology developments at a strategic level and identifying the trends tying them all together, leaders can think more about modern technology and the opportunities available.
Other presenters included Mark Koziel, Executive Vice President of the AICPA who summarised ‘The State of the Accounting Profession’; Jerry Grisko, President and CEO of CBIZ and Chris Spurio, President of CBIZ’s Financial Services Division gave an overview of CBIZ, its services and the business opportunities available in the US.
Additional networking and knowledge sharing took place during Audit and Tax break out groups.
The final day of business included a Brexit presentation from the UK’s perspective, given by Board Director and Chairman of Kreston UK, Adrian Reynolds from Duncan & Toplis.
With a focus on the success of secondments, Andrew Sandiford from Bishop Fleming, UK; John Warner from BHP, UK; and Martin Power, Chairman of Bentleys, Australia, gave an entertaining insight into the development of the programme to date and the involvement of their firms. Tanya Morris from the International Office concluded with an update on the application and secondment offer procedure.
“It was excellent to meet so many of our members at the conference. Our annual conference is an excellent opportunity to learn more about each other and the participation of all will really help to develop more working and trusted relationships.”
The 2019 conference will take place in New Delhi, India from 27 November until 1 December.