October 01

New Zealand’s Growing Management Society

New Zealand lays claim to the All Blacks, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson, and Sir Edmund Hillary—the first person to summit Mt. Everest. It’s also home to an emerging BYU Management Society chapter.

Marriott Alumni Magazine recently checked in with chapter president, Bill M.C. Duval, to get an update on what’s happening with the group in the land of the long white cloud.

How long has the New Zealand chapter existed?

The New Zealand chapter was started on 6 October 2009. We are small in number with just seventeen members, but when we combine with the BYU Law Society and other alumni our numbers are closer to one hundred.

What are your current goals as an organization? How have they evolved since your chapter began?

When we first started we organized monthly events. It was usually a business lunch in Auckland’s local Chinatown. After a year or so, though, we found it to more productive and effective overall to concentrate on one event a year and to support and promote that event.

How was this year’s event?

This year the big event was held in Adelaide, Australia. More than one hundred people attended the Saturday night dinner and dance. In 2014 the event will be in New Zealand.

What is your vision for the future of the Management Society in New Zealand?

Our most important goal is to have a positive and growing association in this part of the world. We are grateful that for more than ten years BYU has had an active role—through alumni groups in Australasia.