This was my first experience of a Bayleys Annual Conference and what an event “The Place To Be 2012″ as it was known. The theme “Big New Zealand Road Trip” was supporting the “big on” brand and reinforcing that Bayleys Real Estate stretches the length and breadth of the country (and beyond into Fiji), across residential, country and commercial and industrial disciplines.
These attributes give the company a huge competitive advantage. As was evident the ‘family’ theme coming through from the Bayley name, strong on family values – big on people, big on leadership, and big on innovation plus being big on celebrating as was witnessed on Friday nights GLAM ROCK Banquet and awards dinner held at Vector Arena.
The New Zealand owned business all started 39 years ago with the sale of a state house in Manuwera, the commission $300. There are now 60 offices throughout NZ and Fiji.
The unique ‘Bayleys way’ was a focus throughout the two days and they stick very close to the core values – a passion for this country, a passion for Real Estate and a commitment to doing things better with innovative ways.
The key note speakers were of a very high calibere and the breakout sessions gave a chance to hear colleagues relay what works for them and things that don’t work. There were some great discussions plus question and answer time also. Great time to network – that’s what conferences are about!
Speakers like Sir Graham Henry, the winning World Cup All Blacks coach; John Anderson Founder of Contiki Travel. a fascinating kiwi story of success in international travel; and Li Cunxin Author of Mao’s Last Dancer! If you have read this book you will understand what the real meaning hardship is and what hard work plus dedication turn into.
The industry speakers at the conference were set apart by an address by Dame Rosanne Meo DNZM OBE Chairwoman of Real Estate Institute of NZ. She is or has been on many boards around NZ. Hers was a very insightful speech and thought provoking speech.
The conference finished on a very high note with the awards dinner or should I say banquet MC by Jason Gunn of the Tv show Come Dancing fame. Fun times were had once the ‘formal stuff’ was over!
August 26 2012 10:31 pm | Waikato Rural Real Estate Agent