Wow, what a difference a year makes! This years Genesys National Conference was a resounding success for us. Last year in Auckland we were met with blank stares and mild curiosity. This year we didn’t have time to talk to everyone and felt like the star attraction.
The conference kicked off with the Children First Charity Ride organised by Gill and Matt Battye from Complete Wealth in NSW. Jono Lovelock, Steele Von Hoff, Pat Shaw, Nathan Haas and myself turned up to the Children First House in Morth Melbourne along with a good bunch of cyclists keen for a good ride and to help out a great charity. Many advisers and even a couple of Genesys directors donned the lycra for the 70km jaunt along Beach Road before heading back to North Melbourne for a well earned sausage and can of solo.
The next day the conference kicked off in earnest. We madly set up the expo site and fussed about getting the team car into the exhibition centre whilst the advisers were being welcomed and issued with their conference packs. Our site included a big screen monitor showing images and video of the team as well as a watt bike for our max power competition.
The site stood out among a sea of very corporate looking risk and fund management stalls. Guys and gals were constantly competing to get the highest peak power or just standing around talking bikes or about how they could get invloved. The highest peak power recorded was 1710w by Dave Johnson closely followed by 1690w by Rob Martin who apparently used to be a linebacker in American Football. There was so much fist pumping and cheering that at one stage we had to be told to keep it down.