The annual meeting of the Association of Consulting Companies “ASCONCO” took place in St. Petersburg on September 07, 2012.

By tradition, the meeting took place on board. This time it couldn’t do without incidents. As there was much water in the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg on the meeting day, the ship couldn’t approach the appointed assembly point since it couldn’t pass under some of the bridges due to its overall dimensions. Finally, the participants were forced to reach it on a smaller vessel and those who were late had to go on foot and to get landed right from the embankment onto the deck!

Traditionally, the participants shared the news of their companies and exchanged their thoughts about the current state and the prospects of development of the consulting market and about the economic situation in Russia and in the world.

Those present took part in the round table devoted to “Partnership in a consulting company” with great interest. They discussed the aims of introduction of the institute of partnership, the companies and cases in which it is reasonable to establish it, the mechanisms of inclusion of new members into the list of partners, the rights and obligations of the partners etc.

The most important point of the meeting was election of the President of the Association that was carried out in the form of direct vote of the participants (both face voting and absentee voting). The participants could vote for one of the three nominated candidates. As a result of voting, Yevgeniy Nikolayevitch Yemeliyanov, the President of STEP Consulting, was elected again as the President of the Association of Consulting Companies “ASCONCO” by a majority vote.

After the meeting there was a stand-up party and a row along the rivers and canals of St. Petersburg. The participants were given the opportunity to discuss remaining questions in informal conditions or to listen to a captivating excursion devoted to the history of the city and to certain historical buildings that was led by Vladimir Sokratilin, the CEO of “Resheniye” Company (St. Petersburg).