We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” It is a very common catchphrase that is thrown around lightly like, “It takes money to make money” and “It’s better to try and fail, then never to have tried at all.”
Similarly, my dad used to always tell me to hire people smarter than you. He was very successful in business in his working years and did a great job hiring top talent at his company.
Having been a lifelong entrepreneur, I haven’t had a job that paid a wage since I was 19 years old. I have employed hundreds of workers over the years and have always tried my best to hire the best qualified person I could.
But more importantly I have always surrounded myself with like-minded people. I have been involved in several mastermind groups over the years as well as many networking associations.
Probably the most important networking I have ever done though was to seek out and associate with other entrepreneurs and investors from around the globe.
As managing director of Global Wealth Protection, I run an international firm providing asset protection and offshore planning services to clients from around the world. That did not come from a 3 card rolodex. That came from years of traveling the world, running other businesses, and attending educational conferences in all corners of the planet.
In addition to the professional connections made during these travels, it has been a truly rewarding experience personally. I’ve been snowmobiling in the Taiga in Eastern Siberia, been camelback riding in Tangiers, watched MotoGP races from the VIP section in Czech Republic, and had private access to the most exclusive clubs in Miami.
This did not come from my charm or stunning good looks….This was strictly a function of who I know.
If we really reflect back on our life, the greatest moments in our lives are not our first new car, our first house, or the promotion at work. Our greatest moments are life experiences shared with people we know.
In our firm, our core business is developing asset protection strategies, both domestic and offshore, that help you minimize your risk and keep as much of your wealth as possible. It is a global risk management strategy where we assist you with internationalization of your assets.
Because of the connections we have, my business partner Steve and I decided to offer education as part of our business model. This is how the Global Escape Hatch conference business began.
Offshore asset protection and internationalization strategies can be complicated for many and having the right partners makes all the difference. It takes research and due diligence on your part, and therefore it takes time.
Steve and I decided by offering offshore conferences as part of our business, we would be adding a tremendous amount of value to our client base by helping educate them in various topics such as:
- Acquiring 2nd passports
- Offshore asset protection
- Offshore banking
- Overseas real estate investments
- Overseas investment opportunities
- Global business
- and much more
In the offshore conference world, there are a few promoters out there, but most have a very different business model than ours (not saying one is better than the other, only comparing). With most of the other conferences out there, the focus is on sales presentations by the speakers.
They are there to make a pitch and offer you their offshore products and services. Speakers typically pay thousands of dollars to present at these events and rightfully so, they must make sales to justify the event.
At Global Escape Hatch, we have a ‘no sales pitch’ policy. Speakers are required to provide educational presentations only, making the event very low-key and relaxed. Our view is that by providing real, actionable value the attendees will want to do business with you anyway. No need for a sales pitch.
Selfishly, I wanted to host a conference a couple of times per year to network with other like-minded individuals from around the globe. I wanted to expand my network of connections to other successful international entrepreneurs and investors.
I personally still attend many conferences around the world for this very reason. I will be attending FreedomFest in Nassau, Bahamas in February as well as a private event just 2 weeks later in Scottsdale, Arizona.
I wholeheartedly believe that surrounding yourself with other successful people from all walks of life is very important from a professional and personal perspective. I have never once looked back on life and thought, “I wish I had fewer friends.”
Bobby Casey is the managing director for Global Wealth Protection and organizer for Global Escape Hatch. He is also EscapeArtist portal partner and managing editor of EscapeWealth – an offshore asset publication.