I just got back from the FPA NexGen conference at St. John’s College outside of Minneapolis and it was great. I couldn’t get over how different it was–and better–than the last one I attended two years ago. Mark Tibergien and Dick Wagner gave speeches, and moderated panels; both were great, but the rest of the conference was essentially conducted by NexGeners themselves. In fact, in contrast to years past, very few non-NexGen advisors showed up at all. Not that there’s anything wrong with “older” advisors (some of my best friends…), but there’s something about having a conference for NexGen advisors, by NexGen advisors that really worked. Not only for me, but my sense was it worked for the other attendees, as well.
I think the NexGen conference really fills a need in the advisory industry.