The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) is continuing to get bigger — by continuing to go global.
One thing MDRT leaders are doing at their group’s annual meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, this week is promoting the group’s next major, in-person event: a global conference in Sydney, in Australia.
The MDRT plans to start that four-day event, which is the first MDRT event of its kind, Sept. 1.
MDRT is a Park Ridge, Illinois-based networking organization for top insurance and financial services sales representatives. The organization has strong roots in the United States, but the current president is Ross Vanderwolf — the head of a financial planning firm based in Brisbane, Queensland, in Australia.
MDRT offered sessions in many different languages in 2018. The effort to reach out to the wider world of successful financial services professionals is continuing this year.
Attendees can choose from session options in Spanish, Hindi, Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Thai.
Vanderwolf noted Sunday, in remarks at the annual meeting’s opening ceremony, that MDRT has been holding its annual meetings, and giving members a chance to learn from one another, for 91 years.
“When I joined the executive committee in 2015, we had 43,200 members from 69 countries,” Vanderwolf said at another general session, Monday, according to a written version of his remarks provided by MDRT. “Today, we have over 72,000 members from 73 countries — an increase of 67% in membership in just four years.”