14th November 2014
Member firms from across Latin America and further afield enjoyed great networking opportunities at the AIC Summit of the Americas event in Managua, Nicaragua. Sponsored by MGI Latin America, the event was held from October 1st to 3rd.
MGI had its own stand among alongside other firms including KPMG, Crowe Horwath, PwC, Grant Thornton and HLB. In total there were around 550 people in attendance over the course of the three days. There was a real global aspect to the event, with around one-fifth coming from outside the region, some from as far as New Zealand.
Ricardo Ruiz of MGI P&P Asociados Contadores Públicos in Venezuela worked hard to ensure MGI was well represented at this major industry event and thinks it was a great networking opportunity.
“From the marketing perspective it was positive to put MGI on the table; the exposure were very positive,” he says.
“While the other stands gave pens, notebooks, mug, keyholders, we were talking about MGI, services, presence, how to become a member. It was interesting to compare our image with the other firms.”
Ricardo said he made contact with five professional firms in Nicaragua, another five in Bolivia, three in Brazil, two in Puerto Rico and two in Paraguay, all of which are interested in becoming MGI members. “From the point of view of recruiting it was a very good experience,” he notes.
It was also an opportunity to make contacts with professionals from IFAC, The World Bank, as well as colleagues from competitors.
Although it is too soon to gauge what the real results of the event are, Ricardo is optimistic. “It is a great chance for people to get to know MGI, for us to find new members, to promote business for our area.”