FORT LAUDERDALE, FL--(Marketwire - Feb 7, 2013) - On January 22-23, 2013, Noble Financial Capital Markets (Noble) hosted what it has determined as its most successful conference to date. "NINE," the company's ninth annual equity conference was held for the fourth consecutive year at the Hard Rock hotel located ten minutes from the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Overall attendance of more than 500 was made up of executives from more than 100 public companies and institutional investors from all across North America.
Based upon early feedback, participants were extremely pleased with all aspects of the conference. "We take everything into consideration when planning for an event of this size," said Mark Pinvidic, Noble's Managing Partner. "There are plenty of choices and these are very busy people; they expect the highest value in exchange for their time commitment. Popular additions this year were four corporate breakout sessions which allowed for an additional way for executives and investors to meet, and the move to tablets and wireless printing interfaces which eliminated lines at registration."
"I go to about 30 conferences a year and finally someone got this right," said Tom Runzo, CEO of Equisolve. "It was flawless!" "Noble does a fantastic job of bringing small cap companies to the institutional investment community," said Paul Dorfman of the NYSE. "We plan to participate for many years to come." Eric Green, Senior Portfolio Manager at Penn Capital Management found the conference both informative and fun. "It is unique among Wall Street conferences," he said.
An agenda item that would certainly qualify as unique is Noble's networking event held on the evening of the first day of the Conference. It is commonly held offsite with its location and theme a closely held secret. "Nine straight hours of meetings can be very exhausting," said Pinvidic. "The evening offers valuable hours to network and if we don't make the event fun and intriguing, many will pass on it." At 6:45pm conference-goers jammed into the ballroom at the Hard Rock for a brief address from Bloomberg TV's morning anchor, Betty Liu, before boarding the motor coaches.
When the police-escorted coaches arrived at Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk Esplanade Park, participants were greeted by a 20-piece marching bagpipe band, stilt-walkers, water jetpacks and a fleet of South Florida's best gourmet food trucks. But the stars of the evening were the four crewed luxury yachts -- the 145' Trinity "Relentless," the 137' Palmer Johnson "Syrenka," the 116' Azimut "Vivere," and the 78' Marlow "Blue Heron." Noble worked with Merle Wood & Associates to arrange for what is referred to in the boating community as a "yacht-hop." "It was a magical evening," said Pila Pexton, Merle Wood's yacht charter specialist. "These mega yachts provided Noble with the perfect environment for mingling and networking, while we were able to offer a glimpse into what it would be like to vacation onboard these spectacular vessels." Many participants commented that chartering of these yachts is a relatively low cost alternative to their multi-million dollars price tags.
Noble is already making plans for its 2014 conference that it confirms will again be in January and in South Florida. "This is amazing and it shows off our city in the most spectacular way," said Jack Seiler, Mayor of Fort Lauderdale, who attended the 2013 event at the Park. "Let me know if you need any help with a future event," he told Pinvidic. Noble may just take him up on that offer.