Windy Wellington is buzzing with the high spirits of around 600 delegates who are attending the annual helloworld Owner Managers Summit this weekend.
Television personality and MC for the weekend Larry Emdur took to the stage with a jovial welcome, setting the pace for the days ahead.
Following the recent news of the impending helloworld and AOT Group merge, helloworld chief executive officer designate Andrew Burnes emphasised his commitment to the company.
“I am not going anywhere,” Mr Burnes said.
“I’ve been privileged to be the CEO and managing director of the AOT Group for 28 years.
“Whilst it might be a bit ambitious to think I’ll be the CEO and managing director of helloworld for the next 28 years, I’m going to give it my best shot.”
Leadership was the consistent theme throughout the day, with helloworld head of branded network Julie Primmer discussing the company’s focus on building leaders.
“We definitely have a room full of leaders and that makes me really proud to stand here today,” Ms Primmer said.
“Leadership truly is the responsibility of everyone that belongs to the group.”
Representing Qantas, one of helloworld’s major stakeholders, was executive manager Stephanie Tully who touched on the airline’s successful marketing strategies.
Leaving much of the audience teary-eyed, Ms Tully shared insights into Qantas’ much-loved ‘Feels Like Home’ advertisements.
Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry led the afternoon session, sharing her honest insights into leadership.
“It’s about caring about the things that you do every single day…it’s about creating opportunities for great people in your organisations.
“Leadership is about leading great teams and teams are about having great leaders and great people in them,” she concluded.
The afternoon ended with an enthusiastic presentation by Terry Hawkins, motivating delegates before they head to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa tonight for dinner.