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FPA Professionals Congress 2015 shaping up to be biggest yet

The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) today announced the theme of its 2015 Professionals Congress as ‘Shaping Futures’, along with naming Chris Riddell, technology and digital futurist, as the first keynote speaker of the event, to be held in Brisbane, from 18 to 20 November.

Mark Rantall, CEO of the FPA, said the Congress theme was particularly pertinent as the financial planning profession sets its sights on the future after much debate and legislative changes. He said planners are ready to move forward and are seeking support as they implement new strategies for their business.

“The theme ‘Shaping Futures’ is about inspiring and motivating planners through an educational experience. Congress will allow planners to shape their professional experiences, assist their clients and learn strategies for building practices from business leaders and other planners.”

Mr Rantall welcomed keynote speaker Mr Riddell, who in keeping with the theme, will speak about emerging trends and behaviours for businesses in Australia with topics to include new technologies, customer experience, predictive analytics, online presence and inspiring people to think differently.

“The FPA is delighted to have a speaker who will bring to the table exciting new ideas that align with our forward-looking theme. Digital disruption and new technology are big topics currently and Chris will share his knowledge and assist planners navigate the new landscape.”

The Congress program will offer CPD hours across a broad range of keynote sessions and workshops covering technical topics, best practice solutions, leadership and personal development skills.

According to the FPA, demand for Congress sponsorships is tracking at 150% ahead of this time last year, while early bird registrations are also selling fast ahead of their close date on 31 August.

Mr Rantall said the early interest in the Professionals Congress was encouraging, noting that the success of last year’s event was a clear driver.

“We had almost 1,000 delegates attend last year’s Congress in Adelaide, with a high number of those practitioners. We expect registrations to fill up fast again and are prepared for even higher numbers this year,” he said.

The FPA will continue to provide further updates and confirmation of speakers and events taking place in the lead up to the Professionals Congress. For more information or to register for the Professionals Congress, please visit: