Last Friday marked a significant event for our team at the EVES Whangarei branch as we gathered at the picturesque Northland Golf Club for our annual internal conference, aptly named "The Big Day Out." This day was all about reflecting on our past achievements, setting ambitious goals for the upcoming year, and strengthening the bonds within our team.

We were thrilled to have our esteemed Directors, Franchise Manager, and CEO Heath Young join us for the day. Their presence added a sense of importance and urgency to our discussions as we delved into various topics aimed at propelling us toward greater success.

The agenda was meticulously crafted to ensure a balance between informative sessions and interactive activities. We kicked off the day with a warm welcome from Nikki, our branch manager, setting the tone for what was to come. Heath Young took the stage next, delivering a comprehensive overview of EVES’ nationwide performance from 2023 to 2024. His insights provided valuable context for our local initiatives and strategies.

Following Heath's presentation, our local leadership team provided us with a detailed overview of EVES' local performance, reflecting on the highs and lows of 2023 and unveiling exciting initiatives for 2024. This session was particularly engaging as it allowed us to align our individual goals with the broader vision of the company.

After a refreshing morning tea break, we dived into a fascinating presentation by Mark Laurence on the role of AI in real estate. His insights into how artificial intelligence is transforming our industry sparked thought-provoking discussions and ignited our imagination about the possibilities that lie ahead.

As the day progressed, we engaged in breakout groups focusing on different aspects of our operations, including administration, property management and sales. These sessions provided a platform for brainstorming ideas, sharing best practices, and fostering collaboration among team members.

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the awards ceremony led by our leadership team. It was a moment of celebration and recognition, honouring the hard work and dedication of individuals who went above and beyond in their roles.

As we wrapped up the conference, there was a palpable sense of excitement and determination in the air. Energised by the discussions and inspired by the collective vision we had crafted, we headed to the golf course for a relaxing round of golf and a well-deserved beer. It was the perfect way to unwind and reflect on the day's proceedings while strengthening the bonds that bind us as a team.

"The Big Day Out" was a resounding success, encapsulating the spirit of camaraderie, learning, and growth that defines our company culture. We left the conference inspired and empowered, ready to make 2024 our best year yet.