AFA THRIVE: It's a wrap!

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MEMORIES THAT WILL LAST A LIFE TIME Thank you to everyone who attended our recent AFA Thrive Conference and made it such an engaging and memorable event. On the following pages we’ve captured some of the highlights of, not just, the program but the people that make the AFA community so special. To showcase the wonderful personalities within the AFA, delegates were treated to our very own community as MCs each day of the Conference and at the Gala Dinner & Awards. The AFA would like to sincerely thank these amazing people for keeping us entertained and on track each day.

Morgan Hayward

Sam Robinson

Fraser Jack

Tim Ross

Muneeza Killen

Dave Slovenic

Cara Williams


As always, your feedback helps us plan and shape future events for the AFA or the proposed new entity. We’d really appreciate you taking a few minutes to complete the Conference survey before 14 October 2022. By completing the survey you’ll be placed in a draw to win a $100 Myer gift card - good luck!

Thank you once again for your attendance, we hope you enjoy this wrap-up newsletter which we feel encapsulates everything the AFA is about, our community. Please note, CPD certificates will be circulated to delegates in the last week of October. Best wishes, Sam Perera and the AFA Board

DAY 1 Wednesday 21 September

Our opening keynote speaker, Major Matina Jewell (retired), sponsored by TAL, delivered an inspirational account of her time as a peace keeper during the 2006 Lebanon War. Her presentation was a great example of resilience during challenging times – setting a positive tone for the Conference.

Delegates were then treated to insights into the advice sector from The Hon. Stephen Jones MP, global trends from social commentator and researcher, Mark McCrindle, and a passionate presentation from Explorer and Environmental Scientist, Tim Jarvis, sponsored by AIA. The afternoon concluded with an interactive session on the proposed AFA & FPA merger with AFA President, Sam Perera, and FPA Chairman, David Sharpe.

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DAY 2 Thursday 22 September

Sam Bloom, sponsored by MLC Life Insurance, opened day two with a bang! The two-time para surfing champion & best selling author shared her story of falling from a rotten balcony in Thailand in 2013 while on a family holiday. Sam's recovery was long and she experienced severe levels of physical and mental suffering. But with courage, determination and a little help from an unlikely feathered friend, she made her way back from the edge, scarred but undefeated. A truly inspiring story that has now been turned into a major film produced by, and starring Naomi Watts.

Another highlight was the interactive QAR session with Michelle Levy and association CEOs. Valuable breakout sessions were focused on providing practical outcomes to delegates. And the Day concluded with the always insightful, Andrew Inwood on trends in the advice sector.

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DAY 3 Friday 23 September

Day three was simply magic – from ethical investing to Generation Life’s take on retirement income portfolios - there was something for everyone. Further breakouts on everything from protecting your clients’ data to attracting and retaining quality employees – the program was full of valuable content.

The final keynote, Vinh Giang, brought energy and fun to the audience. With a few tricks up his sleeve, Vinh also left us with an important insight – how you view something is all about the perspective from which you view it.

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HAVANA NIGHTS Welcome Reception A little bit of sax, salsa, and loads of colour – created a fun opening night vibe. The reunion of our community after three years!

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There was plenty of activity in the expo area during breaks – with Partner and Sponsor booths abuzz from start to finish. Advice solutions, book signings, giveaways and old friends catching up – there was plenty to see and do.

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BOOTCAMPS proudly sponsored by

It was great to see a strong turnout on Thursday and Friday despite a few too many drinks the night before! Delegates boxed, squatted & crunched their way into a new day of plenary speakers.

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FIRST TIMERS & GOLF Thank you to Sue Viskovic, Mike Nowak and others for hosting an AFA First Timers get together just prior to Conference opening. The weather held out for the Golf enthusiasts – and 18 holes on the beautifully manicured Royal Pines course was enjoyed by the pros and the hackers…

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GALA DINNER A night to remember – the guests exuding glamour and elegance, the amazing talent of our AFA award finalists and winners being showcased, and the band hitting the high notes enticing everyone to hit the dance floor.

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Proudly sponsored by

Since 2003, the AFA has recognised those advisers who sit at the very pinnacle of their profession. The ‘Adviser of the Year’ Award recognises qualities of leadership, innovation, customer focus and professional excellence that drive our industry forward. As a longstanding champion of Australian financial advisers, Zurich has proudly partnered with the award since its inception. Chief Distribution Officer, of Zurich’s Life & Investments, Kieran Forde, said “Felicity is a terrific role model, advice advocate and inspiration for the community. She is an outstanding Adviser who is passionate about improving the financial literacy of her clients, has an unwavering focus on continuous improvement, and is a strong advocate for advice and community. All finalists throughout the process were exceptional, however it was Felicity who shone brightest throughout the rigorous process.”

Congratulations to the 2022 winner

Felicity Cooper

Congratulations to the 2022 finalists

Charles Bandenach

Joseph Hoe


Proudly sponsored by

Established in 2011 in conjunction with TAL, this award recognises women in financial advice who are making a significant contribution to their profession, their community and their clients. The Award promotes positive change in the financial advice sector, encouraging more women to enter the industry and take leadership roles. Importantly, it aims to give choice to Australians when it comes to choosing a financial adviser. General Manager, of TAL's Retail Distribution, Niall McConville, said “Amie’s dedication and passion for educating the community and guiding her clients has already helped many people. Amie joins an impressive alumni and we congratulate her on this achievement. We are thrilled that Amie has this new platform to continue to drive positive change in the advice profession.”

Congratulations to the 2022 winner

Amie Baker

Congratulations to the 2022 finalists Kathy Havers, Morgan Hayward, Deline Jacovides, Kathryn McDonald and Cara Williams

RECOGNITION AWARDS Reuniting at a national face-to-face event after three years also brought the opportunity to recognise those within the community that make the AFA what it is today. During Sam Perera's President welcome on day one he presented Michael Nowak and Phil Anderson with life membership of the AFA for their contribution over many years helping members to grow and deliver successful client outcomes.

At the Welcome Reception Lucy Gaff received an Appreciation Award for her invaluable service to the AFA. Don Trapnell was also presented with a Recognition Award for his influence on shaping the Financial Advice profession.

The Michael Murphy Award is an accolade named in honour of the late Michael Murphy who was a long standing and valued life member of the AFA – a previous Director and President. This year the Michael Murphy Award was presented to Stephen Knight. Stephen’s commitment to education, professionalism and advocacy is unrivalled and spans more than three decades. He has served on the AFA Board as State Director twice and has 22 years of continuous service on the WA state committee. Along with Life Membership it is one of the highest honours bestowed by the AFA. Former receipts include; Dugald Mitchell OAM Godfrey Philips OAM Russell Collins OAM Joe Nowak

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I THINK I WANNA MARRY YOU... We thought we'd seen it all but then we had an ENGAGEMENT! In an AFA first, Fraser Jack proposed to his now fiancé (yes, she said yes!)

And it went like this...

Congratulations to the happy couple, Fraser & Vicky! (We hope we're invited to the wedding).

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Thank you to everyone that got involved with the AFA Foundation at Conference - the raffle alone raised $9,670 which goes to show the generosity of our community. Your donations will be put to good use by our charity partners.

Congratulations to the prize winners: Hamper- Samantha Clarke (kindly donated by Challenger) Red Balloon- Bernard Ryan (kindly donated by Olivia Sarah-Le Lacheur) iPad- Kylie George (kindly donated by MetLife)

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THANK YOU to our partners and sponsors