There’s so much more at Connective Conference 2017

Be inspired, educated and celebrated at Connective Conference 2017. Join us in your state, or travel a little further afield, as we bring together brokers, lenders and the Connective Team at amazing locations around the nation. Click on the Connective icons to check out the exciting destinations we are visiting this year.

  • VIC
    10-11 OCT
  • WA
    2-3 NOV
  • QLD
    16-17 NOV
  • NSW
    23-24 NOV
  • SA
    30 NOV-1 DEC

There’s so much more inspiration

At Connective Conference 2017 you’ll hear from a range of diverse and exciting speakers. Be inspired with new business development strategies, marketing techniques, insights from industry experts, Connective Champion presentations, workshops for health, mindfulness and more. Take a look at our keynote speakers below to find out how their sessions will benefit you and your business.

Shannah Kennedy & Lyndall Mitchell – The Essentialists

Topic: Masterclass of Wellness
Why: When you review your business assets what do you think of? Liquidity, cash flow, resources, technology? What about yourself? You are a major asset in your business and need to treat yourself as one. Shannah and Lyndall join us to show you how to protect yourself as an asset through stress management, goal setting and mindfulness. Together, Shannah and Lyndall will get you in the right mindset to learn, engage and make the most of your Conference experience.

What you’ll walk away with:
• The art of stress management
• A three year personal and professional vision
• A snapshot of your 2018 goals
• Overall work-life wellbeing tips, tools and techniques.

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Kieran Flanagan & Dan Gregory – The Impossible Institute

Topic: Powerful Positioning, 90 minute workshop
Why: Every 60 seconds there are 3.3 million Facebook posts, 149,513 emails sent, 500 hours of YouTube video uploaded and 308 million Google searches completed. Being able to carve out a niche and stand out in a crowded market is crucial. Kieran and Dan will provide you with the tools you need to powerfully position yourself as an expert and thought leader to new and existing clients – and show you how this can set you up for success in 2018! In this interactive workshop, we’ll also be analysing real businesses throughout the session – a brilliant opportunity to get specific advice and guidance on your business development.

What you’ll walk away with:
• An understanding of your personal IP, and how it can set you apart
• The ability to build leverage
• The skills to powerfully pitch yourself, your business, your services and your personal brand.

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Steve Vamos

Topic: Technology doesn’t innovate – people do!
Why: Digital disruption is a hot topic. At times, the growth and innovation in technology and Fintech can feel overwhelming. But according to Steve Vamos, technology doesn’t innovate – people do! Technology isn’t disrupting the industry – people are! Steve will share his insights on ways you can harness people power and relationships to create your own innovative and creative business culture.

What you’ll walk away with:
• A new way of thinking about technology and disruption
• How to create an innovative culture and relationships that last
• Tips to empower your people to be creative and collaborative
• Using technology to amplify the people power and relationships in your business.

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VIC – Alan Oster, Group Chief Economist – NAB

Alan Oster is Group Chief Economist at NAB, where he specialises in economic forecasting and monetary policy. He joined the bank in 1992 after working with the Federal Treasury for 15 years.

Alan was the Senior Adviser in Treasury, responsible for economic forecasting and modelling. In 1987 he was seconded for nearly four years as the ‘Counsellor – Economic and Financial’ for Australia’s delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris.

As Group Chief Economist at NAB, Alan is now responsible for the group’s global economic and financial forecasts. He is a highly respected, and frequently quoted, commentator on Australian and global economic trends and monetary policy issues.

WA – Dean Pearson, Head of Behavioural & Industry Economics – NAB

Dean Pearson is a professional Industry & Business Economist, with more than 25 years of experience. At NAB, Dean leads a team of analysts responsible for monitoring key economic, business and consumer trends. Dean and his team work to identify industries and customer segments which are likely to provide the strongest growth opportunities and the greatest risks.

Dean’s team is responsible for a number of key publications including: NAB Consumer Anxiety Index, NAB Wellbeing Index, NAB Residential and Commercial Property Surveys, MLC Wealth Sentiment Survey. NAB Online Retail Sales Index, NAB Diversity Index, NAB Work & Family Survey, NAB Charitable Giving Index, and the NAB Asia-Australia Business Engagement Index.

QLD & NSW – Martin Lakos, Division Director – Macquarie Bank

Martin is a leading media spokesperson at Macquarie. For the past 12 years, he has been responsible for addressing the media on economic issues and trends. He is also a regular market commentator, well known for his appearances on the ABC, Channel 7, Sky Business, CNBC and Bloomburg.

With over 35 years in the finance industry and over 20 years with Macquarie, Martin has held a wide variety roles. From working in the thick of the action on the Australian Stock Exchange trading floor, to heading up the Asia Institutional Sales desk, he has always been a dynamic participant in the Australian finance industry. In his current role, he works as an investment advisor, advising Macquarie clients on portfolio construction and management, with a focus on the development of income generating and growth focused investment strategies.

SA – Besa Deda, Chief Economist – St George Bank

Besa Deda has represented the St. George Banking Group as their Chief Economist since 2008. She is responsible for economic research for the entire group, and also performs as the Chief Spokesperson for St. George, Bank SA, Bank of Melbourne and RAMs.

Besa manages a team of economists who formulate views and forecasts for the banking group’s national economic and capital outlook. An important part of their role is to research and predict the nation’s interest rates and currency trends. At our 2017 Connective Conference, Besa will bring us up to date with the outlook for next year, providing you with some keen insights and predictions about the future performance of our economy and how it may affect your business.

Connective Champions

VIC – Louise Lucas – Property Education Company

Louise Lucas is CEO of the Property Education Company and winner of the 2016 MFAA Excellence Award for – National Residential Mortgage Broker (Individual) and the 2017 Better Business Award for Best Customer Service (Individual). As one of our most highly respected and successful mortgage brokers at Connective, Louise focuses on educating and mentoring her clients to build wealth through property investment.

Louise’s outstanding record as a winner and finalist at some of the industry’s major award ceremonies has helped to validate her expertise with a wide audience. She is well-known for her “client for life” mantra and her holistic approach to navigating the world of property and finance.

WA – Chris Hazell – Bespoke Finance Group

Chris completed a Bachelor of Commerce, Accounting at Curtin University in 2007 and joined the Bespoke Finance Group in 2012. He is directly responsible for managing the business’ Australian Credit License (ACL) and supervising their compliance obligations. Chris also works as a Loan Writer in the business, servicing his clients in an ongoing capacity to help them achieve their financial goals. In 2014, 2015 and 2016, Chris was recognized in The Adviser Magazine Top 30 under 30 Finance Broker rankings and was also named WA Broker of the Year at the 2016 Connective Excellence Awards.

QLD – Lindy Kelly – Kelly & Co

Lindy Kelly is a multi-faceted financial services professional, with an extensive career history originally founded in business consultancy and accounting. As a Director and Lending Specialist at Kelly & Co for the past 12 years, Lindy has developed considerable expertise in personal, business and commercial finance. Lindy focuses on providing her clients with positive outcomes and progressive, intelligent solutions to complex problems.

NSW – Jeremy Fisher – 1st Street Financial

As founder and director at 1st Street Financial, Jeremy Fisher is amongst the most awarded brokers in the Australian mortgage broking industry, recently winning Australian Broker of the Year’ at the 2017 Australian Broking Awards. The Adviser Magazine has also ranked him at #1 on their Elite Business Writer list and MPA Magazine has him rated at #1 on their Top 100 Brokers list. Since 2002, Jeremy has settled in excess of $2 billion in property loans and delighted his clients with exceptional results and highly personalised service. Jeremy has grown the 1st Street Team to 12 mortgage brokers offering a full range of services including commercial and business lending, financial planning and equipment finance.

NSW – Melanie Imbruglia – 1st Street Financial

Melanie is an experienced mortgage broker at 1st Street Financial, specialising in residential lending as well as performing the role of Client Services Manager for the group. Her previous experience with Commonwealth Bank has given her a valuable working knowledge of internal lending processes and a drive to achieve customer support excellence. Melanie’s organised and thorough approach to customer service is highly valued by all of 1st Street’s clients, lender partners and brokers.

SA – Paul Eadon – Eadon Home Loans

Paul began his career in the finance industry over 20 years ago at Bank SA, on a traineeship as a bank teller. From these humble beginnings, Paul’s career gained momentum via a variety of roles with leading financial institutions, until he eventually became a qualified Mortgage Broker with Loan SA.

In the 10 years since leaving Loan SA, Paul has developed a thriving Mortgage Planning and Broking business – Eadon Home Loans. With Paul at the helm, the business has gone from strength to strength, recently diversifying into Financial Planning and Real Estate. The business is rapidly becoming a prominent player in the local SA market as a holistic financial services provider, much acclaimed for its very high level of customer service.

Connective Champions

There’s so much more motivation

What's on the agenda? You name it! We have packed a lot into two half days.

Business sessions, workshops, Lender Expo, networking, amazing keynote speakers and a Gala Awards Dinner! All finishing with a fun networking activity. Have a read of our agenda below to see what's in store.

Registration open

Catch up with your peers, local lender BDMs and the Connective Team!

Lunch & Networking

Conference Opening

The day kicks off with a welcome from us. Let’s set the scene as there is So Much More to learn, inspire, innovate and celebrate at Connective Conference 2017.

Keynote: Shannah Kennedy & Lyndall Mitchell – Masterclass of Wellness

You have come from far and wide to attend Conference. You have left that deal on your desk, and abandoned your emails. Let’s make sure you get the most out of it! Join Shannah and Lyndall as we get in the right mindset for success. This session will provide effective techniques for managing stress, set your mind in the right place to learn and grow, and deliver overall wellbeing tips To Be Your Best Self.

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So Much More networking Lender Expo

Keynote: Kieran Flanagan & Dan Gregory – Power Positioning

Back by popular demand, Kieran Flanagan joins us again at Connective Conference 2017. This year she comes armed with your business partner Dan, and together, they’ll deliver a 90minute workshop to help you build your personal brand! Dan and Kieran will work with you to hone you sales pitch and technique. You will walk away with the skill to powerfully pitch yourself, your business, your services and your personal brand to your clients, and the confidence to describe how you stand out from the crowd.

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So Much More networking Afternoon Tea & Lender Expo

Lender 5 in 5

Straight from our Lender Splendour Events, the Lender 5 in 5 is just as the name suggests – 5 lenders have 5 minutes to wow you. Don’t miss their elevator pitch on all their latest news, and what to look out for in 2018!

So Much More in Market Trends: Economic Update

Hear the latest economic reports and 2018 forecasts with professional economists, from our Platinum and Platinum Plus Lender Partners.

Break / Get ready for dinner

Pre-dinner drinks

So Much More to Celebrate

Join in the fun! The Connective Conference Gala Awards night is here to recognise and reward your success. Celebrate with peers and lenders over a great meal, drinks and a fun night!

Dinner Close


Keynote: Steve Vamos – Technology doesn’t innovate – people do!

As technology becomes more and more prevalent, one thing remains the key to success…. People! Steve Vamos will share ways you can harness the people power and relationships and create your own innovative and creative business culture.

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So Much More networking Morning Tea & Lender Expo

Broking at its best: Connective Champion Presentation

You local Connective Champion shares their secrets to success.

The latest in Tech:

Join us as we delve into the latest technology from Connective. We’ll show you what’s new, what’s coming, and what’s happening in the wider technology space that is influencing how we, and you, will work!

Conference Close

So Much More networking lunch & Lender Expo

Optional Networking Activity

Stay on as we enjoy the local delights with peers and lender BDMs. Included for free in your Conference registration, these great events are a fun and informal way to see the Conference out.

More registration options

There are a range of different ticketing options for Connective Conference 2017. You’ll find each registration option available below, detailing what’s included in the price.


Awards Dinner

Delegate Partner/Spouse

  • Number of conference tickets
  • Gala Awards Dinner
  • Breakfast x1
  • Accommodation with Standard Delegate


Extra Lender Delegate

  • Number of conference tickets
  • Conference Attendance
  • Gala Awards Dinner
  • Lunch x2
  • Optional Friday Activity
  • Breakfast x1
  • Accommodation x 1 night



  • Number of conference tickets:
  • Conference Attendance
  • Gala Awards Dinner
  • Lunch x2
  • Optional Friday Activity

Office Group Discount

Pay for 5 standard delegates, and bring the 6th for FREE

  • Number of conference tickets:
  • Conference Attendance
  • Gala Awards Dinner
  • Lunch x2
  • Optional Friday Activity
  • Breakfast x1
  • Accomodation x 1 night
  • Multiple ticket discount


Awards Dinner

  • Number of conference tickets:
  • Gala Awards Dinner


There’s so much more to celebrate

Celebrating the success of our members is one of our favourite things to do! The Connective Excellence Awards Gala Dinner is a highlight at each Connective Conference. Find out more about the 2017 Connective Excellence Awards and how you can enter here.




keynote speakers




CPD Points

So much more info - FAQs

You’ll find all the key information regarding the logistics of Connective Conference 2017 below. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact our Events Team via

Please go to our tickets page.

Yes, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors your tickets are subsidised. A standard ticket is valued at over $1,200.

Yes, they can attend our incredible Awards Dinner and share your room via a Delegate Partner ticket.

Yes, though please note each hotel has different rules relating to the number of people able to stay in one room, so please let our team know when you’re purchasing your tickets whether there are children attending too.

Yes, when purchasing your tickets, you can let us know if you would like to extend your stay and one of our friendly team will provide you with prices and availability.

Our list of speakers is available to view here.

Smart casual for the day conference, and dress to impress for the Awards Dinner.

We understand plans change and life happens. If you need to cancel your ticket we are happy to issue a full refund up to 30 days prior to the event. If you are cancelling with less than 30 days to go then there is no refund available unless we are able to find someone else to take your place.

Of course, we have non-accommodation delegate tickets available if you want to stay at a different venue.

You receive 12 CPD points for attending the Connective Conference.

There’s so much more support