The inaugural McLardy McShane Group Conference ‘Expect more, Together’ was designed to be 2 days that were different, inclusive and inspiring. With 100 attendees gathered, made up by a mixture of Insurers, Underwriters and McLardy McShane Group employees, the ‘all in’ experience had the making of something special.
Monday night began with donning gumboots, thermals, water proof jackets and hard warmers en route for Gooramadda. Awaiting us on the banks of the Murray River, was an outdoor dining experience like no other. Prepared by our sponsored football and netball club, Wahgunyah, were 5 blazing fires, three different spit roasts, a marquee laced with fairy lights, hay bales for outside seating, an acoustic guitarist and a Bush Poet, there wasn’t much more anyone could of asked for!
Day Two started with an early morning breakfast at our conference venue Huon Hill Estate, Wodonga’s newest hotel and Conference Centre, and then into our jam packed agenda for the day. First up different McLardy McShane departments covered off growth, direction and everyone’s favorite topic, compliance. The rest of the day was spent hearing from a variety of different speakers who shared their wisdoms, triumphs and failures with the group. First cab off the rank was Paul McCarthy author, small business marketing guru and award winning speaker, who spoke to the group about hard work and the importance of failing fast. Todd Kelly Nissan V8 Supercar Champion followed and in his own humble way shared team insights and his method of continuous improvement and attention to minute detail. The Reach Foundation CEO, Chris Naish, joined by Reach Facilitator in training, Kelsey and Reach Alumni, Paulo, who shared stories from their journey in life so far, gifting everyone with a taste of the magic Reach creates in their workshops. The day was finished by a whirlwind session lead by Tom O’Toole, the man behind the Beechworth Bakery, Tom surely did inject energy in to the room with his eccentric and engaging talk.
To mark our final evening we celebrated with an Awards Dinner. Prestigious awards were presented to AR’s and McLardy McShane Group employees, such as our
Five Years of Service awards. Branch of the Year which was awarded to Jodi and Gaye from our Shepparton Branch, and Employee of the Year awarded to Namita Sisodia! Bernie Hunt from Hunt for Insurance was awarded AR of the Year, while Bernie Dunn was the first person to be inducted into the McLardy McShane Hall of Fame.
We set out to create a Conference experience that was different and inspiring, this would not have been possible without our major sponsors Allianz, All State, Mecon, CGU and Insuret, as well as Etlanis, Hollard, QBE, Dual, TAL, Asteron Life, Macquarie, NTI, HMIA, Vero and Brooklyn, thank you for supporting our idea, but more importantly for being an important part of our Conference!
The chatter around the fire on the banks of the Murray River, the money donated for Wahgunyah Football and Netball Club, the wisdom and eccentric energy shared by our speakers, the vibe in the room at our Awards Dinner and the roar of conversation in the Huon Hill Sports bar each evening, will be something we hope all will remember for some time to come.
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