8 · 2008 Conventon
D & D Autumn 08
2008 NFDC CONVENTION REVIEW
More than 300 delegates gathered in Palma, Majorca for the NFDC’s 2008 Annual Convention in August and they were treated to a superb mix of business discussions and socialising. Mark Anthony was there.
The storm clouds of recession and economic gloom may be gathering on the horizon but on the holiday island of Majorca, it was blue skies all the way as the National Federation of Demolition Contractors broke out their Spanish phrase books and headed for the Valparaiso Hotel in Palma for its 2008 Annual
Convention. Of course, coming off the back of the previous Convention in Monte Carlo, the latest annual get-together of NFDC members and their families had much to live up to. But convention chairman Patrick Williamson and the first-class hotel/resort rose to the challenge admirably, putting on a mix of entertainment, socialising and business discussion and debate that is unprecedented in recent years.
Trophy Sticking with tradition, the NFDC Annual Convention kicked off on the Friday with a hotly contested golf match at the Son Muntaner Arabella course. Sponsored by Sandvik Mining &
Construction, the event attracted a record number of players, all pursuing the coveted Claude Brown Trophy. Clifford Devlin’s Les Rose took the trophy and, together with colleague Tim Clifford, CDC’s David Clarke and Sandvik’s Seppo Pihlajamaki, also secured the team prize. The ladies prize went to Jill Clarke, securing an impressive double for CDC’s husband and wife team. NDA president Drew Lammers managed to take the Fintec longest drive award back to the US while Sandvik’s own Alan Matchett picked up the Extec closest to the pin prize. By the time the golfers had parked their buggies, polished their clubs and debated and agreed their scores, the non- playing delegates were getting ready for an informal dinner at what, according to the convention itinerary, was a Majorcan farmhouse. However, upon arrival, it transpired that calling this formidable building a farmhouse would be akin to describing Buckingham Palace as a detached house. With views sweeping down across the hillsides to Palma and the Mediterranean Sea beyond, the “farmhouse” proved to be the perfect venue for an informal dinner that concluded with a spectacular display of Flamenco dancing.