Craig Buffkin, Roland Lundy and their team at The Buffkin Group (www.thebuffkingroup.com) were the hosts of the most recent Panorama Global Search Partners meeting in Nashville, Tennessee this September.
Highlights from the 3 days were the welcoming of two new Partner firms to the network – Executive Performance from Brazil (http://exec.com.br/en/) with 35 employees, three offices and an impressive client list of companies including Walmart, L’Oréal, Burger King, Nike, Novus, Schneider, BP, Sony, SAP, as well as Brazilian-based organizations operating around the world. The second inductee is headquartered in Germany and will be announced later this month. Each new Partner strongly complements Panorama’s values for unmatched service, its access to top talent around the globe and its world-class client mix across a wide variety of practice areas.
Some of the industry trends which were discussed include government legislated quotas on the percentage of women on Boards; the expansion of complementary consulting services offered to long-term clients including succession planning, coaching, assessment and outplacement; and the trend in Higher Education to be searching outside of country borders for Deans of Business Schools.
Besides the business meeting aspect of the conference, we also enjoyed the southern hospitality which included a visit to the Country Music Hall of Fame; performances by stars like Blake Shelton and Rascal Flats at the Grand Ole Opry; and an intimate private performance at the Buffkin family home by two Grammy-winning country music songwriters. A phenomenal time was had by all the Partners and their spouses, new relationships were established and best practises were shared. We look forward to next years’ annual conference in London, England.