North America Area Meeting 2017

Meeting Overview

The 2017 North America Area meeting took place on 18-20 May 2017 at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, steps away from Downtown Scottsdale's renowned dining, shopping and art galleries. The meeting attracted 45 delegates, including international representatives from other MGI Worldwide areas around the world.

Maxine Brock and Nancy Damato shared an MGI Worldwide marketing update on National and International Services and collaboration with North America firms in servicing clients and prospects.

Charles Postal from member firm Santos Postal & Co. P.C., facilitated a Member Best Practices Presentation, with insightful interviews with our international members that included: Matthew Moy, International Committee member representing MGI in Australasia; Zoltan Paksy, European Executive Director; and Audrey Danasamy, Asia and Middle East and North Africa Executive Director.

View form hotel Scottsdale

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MGI Area Coordinator for MGI North America, Joe Tarasco presented “Navigating the Business of Public Accounting” - where partners, managers, and directors discussed the key issues they face in managing a firm in the public accounting profession, both at present and in the future.  He reviewed and discussed the MGI North America members’ survey results, examining both member and non-member firms’ best practices and highlighting the need for open dialogue and communications amongst members. 

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Attendees enjoyed spectacular 360-degree views of Scottsdale and the adjacent area during the welcome reception and dinner on the Skyline Rooftop terrace Thursday night and southwestern food at the Old Town Tortilla Factory on Friday evening. The post,conference tour was a private guided walking tour of downtown Scottsdale, with food and drink samples at several favourite local restaurants.  

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Rooftop member montage

Rooftop member pictures montage 2

Tortilla factory dinner photo montage

Group picture

For more information about the 2017 MGI North America Area meeting please contact Joe Tarasco at

Meeting Information:

Date:         18-20 May 2017
Venue:       Hotel Valley Ho
Location:    Scottsdale, Arizona, US
Attendees: 45 Delegates

Meeting Downloads:

Delegate list (PDF)
Conference introduction - Joe Tarasco (PDF)
National & international marketing update - Maxine Brock/Nancy Damato (PDF)
BGM niche marketing (PDF)
Perspective from international members - Charles Postal (PDF)
Survey Slides - Jos Tarasco (PDF)
Tax credit survey (PDF)

MGI North America is part of MGI Worldwide, a global network of accounting firms with over 5,000 professionals in 321 locations worldwide. To find out more go here