The year that was and the year that will be

The end of the year is a good time to take a deep breath, look back and reflect on successes and challenges, in business and life.

2015 was quite a year – I have learned more in the last year than the 20 previous year’s combined. Starting and running your own business tends to do that.

Running a commercial conference business has never been easy – starting a new conference business in a new market in an industry with the challenges the oil and gas sector currently faces, has a fairly high degree of difficulty, to say the least. But we are still here, with some good events under our belt, an enthusiastic and battle tested team – ready to continue to grow and provide quality conferences to our customers.

Regardless of the state of any sector, there will always the need for education, ideas and networking. My team and I remain convinced that conferences are an important tool to help executives navigate through the low price environment, with a focus on increasing efficiencies and reducing costs.

Some E&P and service companies are not just surviving but thriving in the current environment, and are very well positioned for the upswing. Crisis creates opportunity. Cliches abound – “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” (thanks Billy Ocean) – creativity and flexibility in business models, relationships and offerings are key.

That said, we are fortunate to be able to take our experience and model into other sectors – and are pleased to announce the launch of and We have launched events under both businesses – and look forward to extending our knowledge and experience into the infrastructure and healthcare sectors.

We cannot wait for our 2016 events!

– Symon Rubens, CEO

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