Russell Bedford’s conference season closes with the North America Regional Meeting

December 2021

Russell Bedford has concluded its conference season with a meeting of the North American region in Atlanta, USA on Thursday, 9 December 2021.

Opening the meeting, partner of Russell Bedford’s Atlanta member firm, WBL, and member of Russell Bedford’s international board, Steve Horn, welcomed representatives attending the meeting from member firms in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Next, the group heard introductions and key updates from each attending member firm, followed by an update on the global network by Russell Bedford CEO, Stephen Hamlet.

Following a short coffee break, Steve Horn took to the floor once again, leading a roundtable discussion on practice management issues. Topics covered during the discussion included growth through M&A, talent recruitment and retention and other practice management issues.

After lunch, the group was joined by guest speaker Madeline Morse (Beech Valley Solutions) for an insightful discussion on talent retention and staffing issues.

Guest speaker, Patrick Carver, CEO of Constellation Marketing, an Atlanta-based digital marketing firm, joined next to share his insights with respect to marketing for professional services firms.

After a coffee break, the group discussed and shared their thoughts on network development in North America in another roundtable discussion.

The meeting concluded with a recap of the day’s discussions and learnings, summarising the key take-aways and ideas.

Delegates gathered for an informal evening meal with continued opportunity for networking and conversation at McCray’s Tavern in midtown Atlanta.

Speaking about the meeting, Steve Horn said: “It’s been an absolute pleasure to host representatives of our North American member firms here in Atlanta, and to have finally had the opportunity to meet in person after almost two years behind a screen.”

He added: “I’m very excited by the passion and knowledge that exudes from each and every member firm in our growing region. This meeting is only one of many in the discussions that need to take place with respect to building the Russell Bedford brand in North America and I am already seeing the signs of fruitful collaboration for the collective good.”

Stephen Hamlet said: “What a fantastic way to close out the year, coming together with members of the North American region for our third in-person meeting of the year. It’s so encouraging to witness the enthusiasm of our North American firms and to hear from them with some excellent developments in their firms and eagerness to grow the network in the region. Lots to work with in 2022.”

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