MGI North American meeting 2018

Meeting Overview

The 2018 MGI North America Annual Conference, held on 17-18 May in South Beach in Miami, Florida brought delegates together from across the global accounting association. The event was productive, providing representatives with the opportunity to network with existing and new members.

International Presence

Representatives included Ricardo Ruiz Betancourt from MGI Latin America, and Gabriel Zephir from AMF Experts in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and Miami, FL. Clive Viegas Bennett and Maxine Brock attended from MGI Worldwide and gave International update presentations. Nigel Rowley and Julie Pryor attended from Mackrell Turner Garrett and discussed updates and opportunities for MGI Worldwide and Mackrell members to collaborate.

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The two-day program included an announcement and presentation of the new MGI North America website, and a presentation on enhanced member firm growth, marketing strategies, cross-selling, practice development and collaboration among members.

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Among the many presentations sharing knowledge and best accounting practices, Charles Postal from Santos, Postal & Company led a “Member Best Practices” panel discussion on attracting and retaining staff within accounting and tax advisory firms, Stephen Vono from McGowanPro discussed cyber liability exposures, Ricardo Ruiz Betancourt gave a presentation on MGI Latin America in the Dominican Republic and collaboration with North America, and Gabriel Zephir presented his firm AMF_Experts. Gabriel, a new member to the organisation, was warmly welcomed along with his wife and business partner Nadine.

Members also received a preview of the upcoming AGM from Ed Fahey from MGI Worldwide member firm RINA, which will be held in San Francisco, CA on 17 – 19 October 2018.

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Time for relaxing

During the breakfast, lunch and evening events, members and guests enjoyed time networking, relaxing, and dining. Members even awoke early on Saturday morning to gather for a “Royal Wedding Watch” party complete with tiaras and mimosas, (known as Buck’s Fizz in the UK!). Miami’s South Beach offered a great setting to catch-up with MGI friends and meet new colleagues. Overall, the conference was very productive, and a great time was had by all!

2018 MGI North American Conference Sponsors

The six conference sponsors, shown below, presented their services, exhibited their company information, and networked with members throughout the event.


Meeting Information:

Date: 17-18 May
Location: South Beach, Miami, Florida
Attendees: 35 Delegates

Meeting Documentation:


Delegate list

Meeting downloads:


Presentation by Ricardo Ruiz

Presentation by Clive Bennett, Maxine Brock & Ed Fahey

Value of Working together

Sageworks presentation

Presentation by McGowan PRO

For more information contact the Regional Director for North America Joe Tarasco

MGI North America is part of MGI Worldwide, a top 20 ranked global accounting network with some 5,000 independent auditors, accountants and tax experts in over 250 locations around the world.