I’ve been in the accounting industry close to 10 years, and I’ve been at Inspire for 7 of those years. I started as a junior accountant in a small team where I’ve been able to quickly progress to leading a team as an Associate Partner. I have the privilege of mentoring our talented accountants to deliver exceptional service all whilst having a bit of fun along the way.
What I’m truly passionate about is bringing new perspective and possibilities for clients by presenting new opportunities of what they can do in their business. Unpacking and solving complex problems that make my clients ‘bury their head in the sand’ is my specialty. I love to get things organised and provide clear, concise strategies to achieve my clients financial goals.
I am a husband to my wife Fiona and a dad to our firstborn son August.
I enjoy some good stand up comedy, from Trevor Noah to the controversial Jimmy Carr – humour is healthy. On the occasional weekend getaway, you can count on finding me with a fishing rod and beer in hand. I am most at peace when on the water.
Funnily enough, in school I was quite average in accounting class but found that I had a knack for problem solving. I’ve found my talents in navigating problems unconventionally and approaching problems from outside the box has become second nature to me. Solving problems is the most integral part of being a world-class accountant, naturally it felt like a perfect fit to me.
I can wholeheartedly say that the culture at Inspire is my favourite thing about working here. We have such a tight-knit team and we support each other both personally and professionally. I know everyones got my back and that we can always count on one another. It’s amazing.
The biggest impact I’ve made in my career is revolutionising Inspire’s processes and employee development. Resultantly, I’ve been able to garner the untapped potential of people’s abilities and talents which ultimately allowed the firm to flourish.The influence and impact I’ve put forth transcends any accolade or sales milestone of mine.
Hamish and Andy (comedy) and casefile (true crime)
My sustainable development goals of choice are 4 and 5. I personally feel that quality education and gender equality are the cornerstones for sustained quality of life.
I’ve been with Inspire for 6 years and it has been an extraordinary experience. I honestly can’t see myself working somewhere else because the atmosphere is so unique. My work colleagues are the closest thing I have to family in terms of mindset as well as how you’re allowed to be yourself and you’re able to express yourself without limitation.
I have a number of friends that are business owners and I can see how much they struggle sometimes. Internally, I can feel super close to business owners, I feel empathetic for them in terms of how difficult it can be to not have someone there to support you and I understand how daunting it can be to have that wavering uncertainty above your head. This is a huge motivator for me to make a meaningful difference in others’ livelihoods.
You can find me dancing salsa 6 days a week as I am an instructor and a member of a Salsa Performance Group. I picked up Salsa because It has a strong connection with Latin-American culture and I grew up listening to my dad playing salsa music. For me, it’s a way of staying connected to my family and my heritage.
You can also find me doing countless activities; I indulge in books, going to the movies and playing a variety of sports, my favourite being futsal.
Lately, I love to try my hand at playing musical instruments; Latin-American instruments to be precise. I enjoy playing the conga and bongo drums, and I’m currently learning how to play the saxophone – whenever I have the time to.
I studied accounting when I was in high school and learnt the basics. Accounting came quite easily to me – I got good grades as a student and never really struggled. I asked my mum for her opinion and she suggested accounting to me for my choice of tertiary study, and here I am today.
The culture and the people I work with. Ben is amazing, probably the best boss I’ve ever had. I also like that we are very proactive and stay up to date with technology, systems, and we’re always open to change. It’s a great environment that facilitates fast learning and we all support each other with each other’s growth. You never feel alone at any point as there’s always someone who’s eager to offer their hand.
I had a major contribution in the systems that we’ve adopted here at Inspire. Our main systems that we use has a huge influence on our productivity and being able to be more efficient, have more control, and a better overview of what we have in our hands. My impact, I feel, had a direct correlation with Inspire’s output as well as rate of growth.
I’m currently enjoying a book called ‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Harari. I’d also recommend ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. A must watch Netflix series I’ve recently binged is “Black Mirror”.
I’d have to choose climate action and quality education. Earth is home and we only have 1, so we shouldn’t take it for granted. Given the statistics, it’s something that we need to take immediate action towards. As for quality education, knowledge is the most important resource that a human being can have with enough knowledge, comes freedom.
When I first joined Inspire I was a Junior Accountant under Team Riz and was recently promoted to a Senior Accountant. Currently I look after 25 of my own clients which has been a rewarding experience so far. My main goal is to work efficiently and help our team achieve our goals, while helping my clients achieve theirs at the same time.
Transitioning from my previous firm to Inspire has been an eye-opening experience. Preparing and laying the groundwork has been a valuable learning experience, requiring a shift in mindset from simply completing tasks to reviewing processes and taking a broader perspective. It’s all about more than just being compliant.
Ultimately, my focus isn’t on the numbers but on the satisfaction I feel when a client is pleased with our service.
I have always been captivated by wildlife, and running has been my cherished pastime for as long as I can remember. Whenever I get the chance, I make it a priority to hit the trails four times a week. There’s nothing quite like immersing myself in nature and observing the antics of sugar gliders and birds during my solitary moments. It keeps me grounded and centred.
Travelling is another thrilling adventure that I thoroughly enjoy. I was fortunate enough to spend an exchange semester in Paris for eight months, where I indulged my passion for wines while pursuing my university studies. Afterward, I lived in Bristol, United Kingdom for two and a half years, during which I embarked on extensive travels throughout Europe for 10 months, and even ventured to India, where I stayed for several months and explored Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. It was a significant milestone for me, as I was able to pursue my academic goals while simultaneously traversing the globe.
Undoubtedly, it’s the culture at Inspire that stands out the most. There’s a sense of unity and openness that breaks down barriers between individuals, allowing for vulnerability and approachability. People genuinely care for each other, and I appreciate the honesty and accountability that is encouraged throughout the organisation.
To be completely honest, I discovered my love for accounting when I earned the top rank in high school. I decided to pursue a degree in accounting, but initially, I didn’t end up working at an accounting firm. It wasn’t until I reassessed my goals and realigned myself with my passion that I realised what I truly wanted to do. For years, I searched for an industry that would allow me to add value to clients and grow within the accounting field. That’s when I discovered Inspire, and it was a perfect fit.
Working closely with Riz and the rest of my team has been a pleasure. As a senior accountant, my goal is to support my fellow senior accountants like Reggie and Riz by assisting with their day-to-day tasks and giving them more capacity to focus on larger projects. I joined Inspire during tax planning season and was impressed to see how they bring their best effort and expertise during that critical time.
I highly recommend the book ‘DUNE’ by Frank Herbert, which is the second instalment in the DUNE Saga Collections and has also been adapted into a movie with a desert planet setting. If you are a fan of Star Wars, you will definitely appreciate this book. Despite not being a big fan of sci-fi, I found the political aspects of the story to be fascinating.
Another great read is ‘One-Straw Revolution’ by Masanobu Fukuoka, which delves into the field of agriculture and the methodology of natural farming. It provides valuable insights on sustainable farming practices.
Finally, I suggest reading ‘A Wild Sheep Chase’ by Haruki Murakami, which is a unique blend of mythology and mystery. The story is captivating and keeps the reader engaged from start to finish.
Of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the one that resonates with me the most is Sustainable Cities and Communities. The term ‘community’ carries a lot of weight, as it represents the potential for significant change and impact. Creating sustainable cities and communities is not just important from an environmental standpoint, but also from a social support perspective. By achieving this goal, we can create a solid foundation for addressing other SDGs as well.
I began my journey with Inspire in June 2022 and have been thoroughly enjoying my experience thus far. As a Client Service Coordinator, I work alongside Team Riz and assist them and the other accountants to the best of my abilities. My daily responsibilities include clearing and assigning triage emails, collecting payslips, managing document signing, and organising documents.
My time with Inspire Accountants has been nothing short of fantastic. I feel at ease while working with everyone on the team, as well as the wider Inspire family. I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues when discussing our assigned tasks and asking questions. One of the many exceptional qualities of working with Inspire is that there is no room for feeling stressed or pressured.
It is truly fulfilling when the team recognizes and appreciates my effort and dedication, no matter how big or small. I feel extremely grateful to be a part of a team that values and practices such recognition, as it is not something that is commonly seen in other companies.
I enjoy using travel as a means to bond with both friends and family. Occasionally, I will go out for a night with friends, but only with my parents’ approval. During my free time, I indulge in watching Korean dramas, investigative documentaries, lifestyle vlogs on Youtube, and browsing through Tiktok.
Recently, I have become obsessed with collecting scents. It may seem odd, but I choose my fragrance based on my mood for the day. My personal favourite is Victoria’s Secret – Sugar High, as I am particularly fond of powdery scents.
In terms of business, I work as a direct-seller for health and lifestyle products. This venture began during my On-The-Job training with the same company.
After going through a realignment process that included a skills and personality assessment, I was fortunate enough to secure this job. One of my greatest strengths is my ability to connect and engage with people. My involvement with various Academic and Socio-Political organisations during my university days has taught me how to interact with people and perform clerical work, which has been incredibly beneficial for my current role in Client Services.
The people at Inspire are incredibly kind and accommodating, which has made my transition into the company very smooth. My workload has been manageable thus far, and I credit this to the excellent training provided by Rhody. She has taken the time to ensure that I am knowledgeable about the workflow and tasks, which has been incredibly helpful. Additionally, Team Riz has been great at sharing new information and relaying important updates to ensure that I can progress better in my assigned tasks.
One thing that I look forward to is attending the Thank You Circle, where we express appreciation for each other’s efforts. I also enjoy the daily meetings with the rest of the CSC team, as they provide a great opportunity for us to check in with one another, discuss task allocation and completion, and provide support where needed. These channels serve as great refreshers and help to foster a positive and supportive work environment.
So far, my main impact at Inspire has been in supporting Rhody and easing the workload of Team Riz. As a new member of the team, I am still striving to make a significant contribution, but I believe that my current tasks are contributing to the team’s success and opening up opportunities for further growth.
I would like to recommend Colleen Hoover’s “It Ends With Us” as an excellent book to read. This book has recently been adapted into a film that will be released soon. The story revolves around a woman who is caught between her past and present relationships and later finds herself in an abusive situation, which forces her to make tough decisions about her life. The plot is gripping and captivating, and I am excited to see it portrayed on the big screen.
I selected Quality Education as one of my top SDGs because I believe that every individual deserves access to education to enhance their skills and gain knowledge. Education can open doors to opportunities, and equip people with the tools they need to succeed in life.
My second choice is Zero Hunger, as I have personally witnessed the devastating effects of hunger and malnutrition, especially among children. Access to adequate food and nutrition is a fundamental human right, and I believe that we all have a responsibility to ensure that everyone has enough to eat.
Living in a developing country where poverty and hunger are prevalent, I am acutely aware of the importance of these two SDGs. Education is key to breaking the cycle of poverty, and by addressing hunger, we can improve people’s health and wellbeing, as well as their ability to thrive and contribute to their communities.
I’ve been at Inspire for 5 months now working as a Junior Accountant for Team Riz.
Looking back at my journey so far, I must admit that I initially entered with limited experience. While I had about a year and a half of accounting experience, it was primarily gained at a boutique firm, which provided me with only a minimal understanding of the broader scope. However, since then, I have been thrown into various challenging situations, and I’ve embraced the opportunity to learn and grow. It has been an amazing experience to absorb knowledge across different aspects of the field.
What truly stands out to me is the incredible people I have the privilege of working with. It’s a perfect blend of supportive colleagues who are genuinely kind and always ready to lend a hand, fostering a positive and uplifting environment.
Additionally, the clients I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with have been nothing short of amazing. Each meeting has been an opportunity to engage with individuals who truly grasp the value of the services we offer, which further reinforces the rewarding nature of my work. The combination of exceptional colleagues and appreciative clients creates a fulfilling professional experience.
I have a great passion for learning Japanese, and I take pride in that. My journey with the Japanese language started during my school days, and more recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Japan for a two-week period. In anticipation of the trip, I dedicated myself to refreshing and solidifying my knowledge acquired in school. Since then, I have been actively applying myself to further improve my Japanese skills. My ultimate goal is to return to Japan in a couple of years and have the ability to engage in meaningful conversations with native speakers.
Other interests revolve around going to the gym and maintaining a strong focus on health and fitness. Engaging in various forms of exercise, whether it be vigorous workouts or simply taking walks with my beloved dog, it brings me joy as I cherish every moment with my fur-baby.
Additionally, I also have a love for gaming, often accompanied by lively conversations with my friends on Discord and other enjoyable activities in that realm.
After completing my school education, I was certain that I wanted to work with numbers, which led me to pursue studies in engineering initially. However, I soon realised that engineering wasn’t the right fit for me; it didn’t align with my interests and aspirations. With a strong desire to enter the business world, I recognized that working with money and gaining a deep understanding of its impact made the most sense to me. Money plays a pivotal role in society, driving various aspects of our lives. Consequently, my interest in accounting was piqued, and I decided to pursue it as a career path. Since making that decision, I have found tremendous satisfaction in my job, and I can’t imagine forcing myself to continue down a path that wouldn’t have allowed me to excel.
Similar to my previous response, I find the people aspect to be a significant source of satisfaction. Transitioning from a small firm to a larger one, I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by a multitude of incredible individuals, which has created an awesome atmosphere within the office.
Moreover, the collaboration extends beyond physical interactions, as the online community, including the dedicated CSC team and the supportive back-office team, contributes immensely to our collective success. Witnessing the seamless coordination and teamwork among everyone is truly inspiring and makes our work environment truly exceptional.
One of the most significant impacts I’ve made was during the 2022 financial year. It involved a Finalization project where my colleague Eddie and I collaborated closely to create a worksheet that resulted in saving our client approximately $60,000 in taxes. Witnessing the client’s response was truly rewarding. Not only were they elated by the substantial tax savings, but also by their responsible approach towards the money. Instead of impulsive spending it, the client expressed plans to invest and utilise the funds wisely. Knowing that our work had a positive and lasting effect on their financial well-being was incredibly fulfilling. It stands as one of the proudest accomplishments in my professional journey thus far.
I thoroughly enjoy listening to podcasts, and there are a few that have captured my interest. One of my favourites is Ben’s podcast, Young Family Small Business Podcast, which actually played a part in my decision to pursue a position at Inspire. After listening to it, I was impressed by his expertise and felt a strong connection to the content.
Additionally, “Stuff You Should Know” is another podcast I greatly appreciate. It covers a wide range of topics, allowing me to absorb a wealth of knowledge in a short span of time. It’s fascinating to learn about various subjects from this podcast. On a lighter note, I also indulge in humorous podcasts like “Hamish and Andy.” Their entertaining content never fails to bring a smile to my face. So, those are a few podcasts I enjoy, each catering to different interests and moods.
Climate Action – For me, the most significant and pressing cause would undoubtedly be climate action. It serves as the focal point around which everything revolves. The notion of making our world more sustainable and prioritising conscientiousness in every aspect of life, particularly within major corporations, holds paramount importance to me. Climate action stands as the primary driver of my passions and advocacy.
No Poverty – Another cause that deeply resonates with me is the eradication of poverty. It holds significant importance, and I recently came across a thought-provoking podcast episode that explored the concept of wealthier nations alleviating the debts of smaller countries. This notion directly connects to the issue of poverty. The idea of redistributing wealth to ensure that children in Africa, for instance, do not go hungry unnecessarily is something I strongly believe in. Climate action and the fight against poverty are interconnected, as addressing climate change can contribute to reducing poverty levels. I find these two causes to be inherently linked and believe that they require more dedicated
I’ve been part of the Inspire team for six months now as an Undergraduate Accountant, and it’s been an exciting journey so far! Before joining Inspire, I worked with smaller accounting firms where I gained a wealth of knowledge about accounting for businesses. Thanks to this experience, I’ve become well-versed in tax planning, as well as other tax avoidance strategies, beyond just tax evasion.
What really gets me excited about my job is the feeling of making a real impact on business owners. Knowing that my efforts have resulted in savings of X amount of dollars in taxes is truly fulfilling. It’s great to know that I’m making a tangible difference in the lives of our clients.
Between work and studies, I don’t have a lot of free time for leisure activities, but I try to make the most of what I do have. Two activities that I really enjoy are chess and netball.
When I do manage to find some spare time (which isn’t very often!), I like to indulge in one of my favourite hobbies – playing poker. It’s a great way to unwind and take a break from the daily grind.
Accountancy runs in my family, with my mother being an accountant. Consequently, I have always been inclined towards this profession. I got my start at my uncle’s accounting firm, where I was offered a position. Since then, I have progressed to my current position at Inspire. Thus, my interest in accounting can be attributed to my family background.
Both the people and the culture.
My work involves close collaboration with Reggie, who often expresses how challenging it is for him when I am absent for my part-time days. However, he greatly values my presence and contributions when I work full-time. I find satisfaction in supporting Reggie in managing the workload.
The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson is an incredible book series and happens to be my all-time favourite. Its well-crafted storytelling and intricate world-building make it an excellent read. I especially appreciate the vivid imagination behind the story, which adds a touch of fantasy to the narrative.
I believe that Quality Education is an essential cause to support because it provides opportunities for people to learn and grow to their fullest potential. Learning is a fundamental aspect of our lives, and I place great importance on it. Everyone should have access to quality education, and I am committed to promoting this cause.
I would also choose Industry Innovation and Infrastructure as another critical sustainable development goal. Innovation is the key driver in this area, and I believe it is essential to improve people’s well-being, health, technology, and efficiency in general. Witnessing the creation of something new through innovation is amazing, and I consider it a crucial factor in our current progress compared to where we were 2000 years ago. This progress is built on the foundation of quality education and innovation.
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