The 2018 MGI North America Annual Conference was held on May 17-18, in South Beach, Miami, Florida. A total of 35 delegates attended, including Ricardo Ruiz Betancourt from MGI Latin America and from Gabriel Zephir from AMF Experts in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Miami, FL. Clive Viegas Bennett and Maxine Brock attended from MGI Worldwide and gave International update presentations and Nigel Rowley and Julie Pryor attended from Mackrell Turner Garrett and presented updates and discussed opportunities for MGI and Mackrell members to collaborate.
The two-day program included an announcement and presentation of the new MGI NA website, enhanced member firm growth and marketing strategies, and cross-selling, practice development and collaboration among members. Charles Postal from Santos Postal led a “Member Best Practices” panel discussion on attracting and retaining staff, and various presentations on relevant topics including cyber liability exposures by Stephen Vono of McGowanPro. Members warmly welcomed new MGI member Gabriel Zephir to the organization and his wife and business partner Nadine accompanied him to the conference. Gabriel gave a presentation about his firm AMF Experts. Ricardo Ruiz Betancourt gave a presentation about MGI Latin America in the Dominican Republic and collaboration with North America. Members received a preview of the AGM from Ed Fahey from RINA; the AGM will be held in San Francisco, CA on October 17 – 19, 2018. Six conference sponsors, listed below, joined the conference and they presented their services, exhibited their company information, and networked with members throughout the conference.
During the breakfast, lunch and evening events, members and guests enjoyed time networking, relaxing, and dining. Members even awoke early on Saturday morning to gather for a “Royal Wedding Watch” party complete with tiaras and mimosas, called Buck’s Fizz in the UK! Miami’s South Beach offered a great setting to catch-up with MGI friends and meet new colleagues. Overall, the conference was very productive, and a great time was had by all!
2018 MGI North America Conference Sponsors