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2018 TMA Conference Wrap Up

Thriving In the Face of Disruption.

The Annual TMA Conference was held in Sydney for the first time in 10 years and was a rousing success.

Attendance numbers were at a record high and delegates were treated to a range of extremely professional and informative presentations.

MC Tony Tait led the day masterfully and we kicked off with Paul Barry of Landpower delivering the Chairman’s Address. Here Paul highlighted the Strategic Planning work being done by the TMA aimed at delivering greater value to members into the future.

Paul was followed by 2 outstanding presentations from Wes Lefroy of RaboBank and Jesse Reader of Bosch who provided an insight into the future of food along with current developments in tech.

Justin Smirk of Westpac and Alan Kirsten of Agriview provided insights into the current market behaviours arising from the various disruptive forces at play leaving the room much clearer on the way forward.

We had presentations from Hayley Achurch (Regional Institute of Australia), Nigel Crawley (Rimfire) and Sarah Johnson (Hutcheon and Pearce) on the subject of employment trends and challenges in Ag. Next up was David Chuter from IMCRC (Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre) who enlightened us on future business trends, not just in manufacturing but across the board. Ali Millgate from Hardman Communications then rounded the day out with a deep dive on how to make social work for your business.

TMA Conferences are known for their networking opportunity as much as their educational value and many delegates commented on just how valuable an opportunity it is to catch up with suppliers, customers and current and former employees.

Finally, dinner guests were treated to a hilarious performance from former test cricketer and media commentator Kerry O’Keeffe who capped off a memorable day.

A big thanks to our sponsors again for their support and a big thanks also to the Novotel Brighton Le Sands for hosting us in such a professional manner.

Keep an eye out for the Save the date for next years conference which promises to be bigger and better.