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Professor Lee Parker is an extraordinary public speaker. But even he slipped up during his speech at the conference dinner. We were seated at our tables - starters had just been served. As I took a bite into my meal, I almost choked at what I heard next: “I have had the longest relationship with James and Richard– a Ménage à trios of sorts.” Not knowing whether to laugh or cry, or where to look, I listened intently as silence filled the great banquet hall.

Thankfully, he elaborated. He had known Prof. James Guthrie and Prof. Richard Laughlin since they founded the Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal more than twenty years ago. It astounded me. I haven’t had a relationship that long - ever! Perhaps because that’s about as old as I am! But that aside, it is still an amazing feat for three men to be so visionary and so passionate about a single project, and so sincerely committed it, that they would ride the many storms and triumphs with equal measure and still come out smiling.

I didn’t realise how important building networks was till I realised that a network is nothing more than an extended group of friends; people that share a common interest, a common passion, a common purpose, although their views and perspectives may be far from the same. Three professors who have dedicated so much of the time and energy building up something that has added to so much to the landscape of accounting and business research.

Perhaps they had a dignified tear or two in their eyes. But that was only fitting. The embraced genuinely, and after a humble speech by Richard, we applauded the efforts of the people that made the APIRA conference and AAAJ what they are today.