A nice time was had in Nice by Mole last week at the first Mortgage Strategy Mortgage Packager Summit, where some people managed to relax more than others.
Award for the least productive delegate goes to Kevin Duffy, managing director of Hamptons Mortgages, who, having chaired the opening session, failed to attend any of his own workshops or indeed any other sessions.
While chairing, Duffy was more than happy to dole out yellow cards to any speakers that promoted their businesses too readily. Unfortunately, the only red card he gave was to himself, with which he seemingly left the field.
Jon O’Brien, operations director of the Professional Mortgage Packagers Alliance, toasted the news that the four packaging alliances would be getting together in harmony with the Association of Mortgage Intermediaries. In doing so he christened the new committee – comprising the PMPA, the Association of Mortgage Packaging Distributors, the Regulatory Alliance of Mortgage Packagers and Freehold – PAMPERED.
Judging by the amount of quality food and drink consumed during the Summit many would say the four are pampered enough already.
Flight of fancy
Award for the most decadent delegate has to go to Terry Pritchard who, along with a group of revellers, managed to spend around 12,000 on champagne on the first night.
Pritchard decided enough was enough and tried to jump from the balcony of the room that Matt West, editor of Mortgage Distributor, was staying in. It was all West and Strategy editor Robyn Hall could do to stop Pritchard becoming the birdman of Nice.
Byrne’s night Delegates were hugely en-tertained by compere Ed Byrne at The Mortgage Business gala dinner, and then afterwards long into the night at the hotel bar. So long in fact that Ed failed to wake up and missed his flight back to London. Mole hopes entertaining packagers hasn’t jeopardised his upcoming schedule.
Lost in France
Mole must thank Phil Richards of Platform after the driver of the coach getting delegates to the boat to sail them to the gala dinner got lost. Richard’s knowledge of Nice’s roads and some nimble Franglais got the coach to port in the nick of time. Mole suggests if mortgages ever fail for Richards, coach tours may be an option.
Relief all round as delegates came into port for the gala dinner after a not so enjoyable boat ride. The Mediterranean, usually known for calm and warm seas, instead offered biting winds, massive waves and ice-cold spray. It was all Mole could do to hold onto his champagne.