The views expressed in this article are not necessarily those of the FIA. The commentary below was supplied by 2018 FIA partner, Lombard Partnerships.
The annual FIA awards took place at the Sandton Convention Centre on Thursday, 28 June 2018.The night was abuzz with over 900 guests all in attendance to honour key industry players, intermediaries and exceptional brands in the financial services sector.
The theme of the evening was #FIAsenses playing on the idea of the five senses. The FIA would like to send a big thank you to our 2018 sponsors of the event who ensured that guests were entertained and also gave away some amazing prizes.
Lombard took guests on a virtual stargazing journey through the Sutherland part of the Karoo. Sutherland was an ideal location, it was chosen for its lack of pollution and dry condition- a perfect place for stargazing. Guests sat around a (makeshift) campfire, sipping on sherry as they enjoyed a night in the Karoo through VR (virtual reality) headsets.
Campsite stargazing with Lombard Partnerships
“This was a great platform to interact with the brokers, as it allowed us to have conversations with brokers we see on the books of our different partners. We look forward to being involved again next year” says Tammy Osborne of Lombard Partnerships.
“The virtual reality stargazing was something different and it allowed guests to escape the party in the room for a few minutes and catch their breath between dances” add Lizelle van der Merwe, FIA CEO.
"The FIA awards is a wonderful event to be associated with. Thanks to all efforts made by the FIA and well done to the winners, good to see some healthy competition" concludes Tammy Osborne.
The FIA would like to thank Lombard Partnerships for their support.