The best conferences are those where nothing happens – other than what is scheduled to be on the programme. The timetable is adhered to; the venue provides what is needed and when; the speakers turn up, are on topic and interesting, and everyone in attendance has ample opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and friends whom they met at the previous year’s event. All leave saying how worthwhile the time to attend has proven.
"The events business is generally a high-pressure, changeable industry, but when working for akB, it just couldn't be easier. Ali always has everything so well organised that the whole event runs like clockwork, from initial pack-in to final pack-out. Thanks for making a technician's life easier akB!"
Director - IGW Event Technology
Supplier of AV for NZSSD 2014, NZWCS 2015
Having just attended my 5th NZSSD conference, each organised by Ali Copeman of akB Conference Management, this is an apt description. The entire meeting runs seamlessly in a way that suggests great attention to detail and supreme organisation and management. Having organised conferences myself I know what is involved for things to appear that way. No wonder NZSSD invite her each year to organise their annual scientific meeting.
President Diabetes New Zealand (NZSSD 2014)
“I had the pleasure of working with Ali whilst helping out with the OBHS 150th Reunion Organising Committee. She was thoroughly professional at all times and did a great job of keeping everyone updated with developments, on task and pulling in the same direction. Ali has the special knack of dealing with the tough negotiations, various stakeholders and then delivering a superb event whilst still retaining her good sense of humor. She is top shelf and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending her services to others.”
Committee Member OBHS 150th Reunion Committee
“……Ali Copeman was a delight to work with in the planning phase of our event. She was reliable and her knowledge of the hospitality and technical areas was invaluable. The professionalism of akB as a company and Ali as its principal are without question. I have found Ali to be able to manage contractors to be within or better than budget. I would have no hesitation in recommending Ali and her company akB for the management of any conference or event……...”
John Christie, CEO Otago Chamber of Commerce
Otago Chamber of Commerce Westpac Business Excellence Awards Dinner 2006, 2008, 2010 & 2012
“ ……Ali Copeman has shown herself to be very efficient and organised, to collaborate well with the Executive Committee, and to be extremely reliable and well documented in her approach to all aspects of the meetings………personally she is extremely easy to get along with and shows considerable initiative in both preventing and dealing with the inevitable queries and problems….”
Dr Paul Drury, Clinical Director, Auckland Diabetes Centre
Medical Director NZSSD Conferences 2004 - 06, 2009 - 2013
“…….I have no hesitation to recommend akB, as Ali is a delight to work with. She and her company are efficient, professional, find practical quick solutions and nothing is ever a bother. The company has good systems in place for registrations, budgeting and the like. The company provides a high quality professional service and has great attention to detail. We have had absolutely no problems in the management of our conferences. Ali gets on well with people, and by doing so she gets good cooperation from the team she is working with………”
Nicola Chilcott, Executive Director, Agencies for Nutrition Action
National Nutrition and Physical Activity Conferences 2005, 2007 & 2009
“......Ali, thank you very much for your expert and excellent organization of the conference, and in particular your care of all the keynote speakers. I have never felt that ‘cared for’ in any previous conference. You and your team are to be commended......."
Richard Wong She MHB (Hons), MBChB, FRACS (Plastics), Clinical Leader for Burns, National Burn Centre, Middlemore Hospital. Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon, Department of Plastic Surgery, Middlemore Hospital.
Keynote Speaker New Zealand Wound Care Society Conference May 2009
“…..The organisation was superb and without a hitch, equal in all respects to the best I have encountered at the many international conferences I attend…”
Professor Jim Mann, University of Otago, New Zealand
Keynote Speaker New Zealand Society for the Study of Diabetes Conference 2002