MYOB Certified Consultant of the Year and more announced at annual Awards Gala
The prestigious 2019 Partner Awards celebrate MYOB-affiliate individuals, practices and partners across Australia and New Zealand through accolades including Accounting Practice of the Year, Young Accountant and Young Bookkeeper of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award and Education Partner of the Year.
The evening’s proceedings, held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, featured singing, dancing and MC services from Australian entertainer, Tim Campbell, who also introduced award winners, judges and other guest speakers.
The celebrations concluded an annual, two-day conference and expo known as MYOB Partner Connect.
This year, the industry-leading awards were rigorously reviewed by a judging panel including MYOB’s senior leadership team and respected industry professionals and business leaders from Smiling Mind, ANZ, OnDeck and Netball New Zealand.
The 2019 MYOB Partner Award winners are:
- Accountant of the Year, (AU): Clint Bourke, Roberts & Morrow
- Accountant of the Year, (NZ): Mike Atkins, Atkins & Associates
- Bookkeeper of the Year, (AU): Evelyn Rosa, The Aspire Centre
- Bookkeeper of the Year, (NZ): Sue Inkersell, 3rd Arm Admin Ltd
- Certified Consultant of the Year (AU): Kyelie Baxter, IQ Accountants
- Certified Consultant of the Year (NZ): Lynley Averis, Accounting Training Ltd
- Lifetime Achievement Award (AU): Rob Marshall, Ebiz Solutions (WA) Pty Ltd
- Lifetime Achievement Award (NZ): Jennie Kingma, JK Business Systems Ltd
- Education Partner of the Year: University of Canterbury Business School
- Fastest Growing Add-On: Spotlight Reporting
- Add-on Partner Choice 2019: ServiceM8
MYOB’s General Manager of Product and 2019 Partner Awards judge, David Weickhardt, said the quality of the award candidates made selecting winners a real challenge.
“MYOB’s vision for a connected practice relies on the work of these exceptional accountants and bookkeepers – and many others like them in our extended network,” said Weickhardt.
“The nominees and recipients of the 2019 Partner Awards present an incredible cross-section of partners, practices and individuals who are all operating at the pinnacle of their field, setting a fantastic example for their peers and shaping a stronger future for the Accounting industry.
“We’re honoured to have them as part of our community.”
Accountant of the Year (Australia), Clint Bourke from Roberts & Morrow said, “I’m so surprised to have won”.
“I’m only one piece of the puzzle of an amazing accounting company I’ve been really lucky to be part of.
“They’ve given me the keys to drive technology forward, which is such an exciting experience.”
Australian Certified Consultant of the Year, Kyelie Baxter of IQ Accountants said that receiving the award was somewhat overwhelming.
“It’s been a massive year for our business,” Baxter said.
“We’ve continued to grow and flourish, which has been so exciting to see.
“I’m completely overwhelmed, but I feel very blessed. It’s not something I take lightly.
“I know it’s MYOB’s big award. I feel like being an accountant, bookkeeper and a Certified Consultant is a triple threat and that’s very important to me, so to be recognised at this level is amazing.”
“The roles of accountants and bookkeepers is changing dramatically,” added Weickhardt.
“Partners like Roberts & Morrow and Atkins & Associates demonstrate commitment and adaptability to serve the needs of their customers to ensure Australia and New Zealand’s businesses continue to thrive.
“It’s exciting to see rising stars like Shaun Borg, Danica Clunes and Joanne Mankelow leading the charge of the next generation, dedicated and equipped to adapt to the changing needs of our businesses,” he said.
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