Auckland-based business consultant Lynley Averis of Accounting Training has just been named the 2013 MYOB Partner of the Year. In doing so she has made history in being the first Approved Partner in New Zealand and Australia to receive the award twice.
Lynley, who was Partner of the Year in 2010, was surprised upon receiving the award for the second time, saying, ‘”I was really delighted, as I wasn’t expecting to be chosen for the second time. We are a small consultancy, so it was a real achievement.”
Although Lynley established Accounting Training in 2009, she has worked with MYOB software for over 15 years and supports hundreds of MYOB clients. She also won the top sales performer award for the North Island for the second year in a row.
MYOB CEO Tim Reed says Lynley exemplifies the qualities of the business experts in the extensive nationwide MYOB Partner network.
“Lynley is very deserving of her record second win as MYOB Partner of the Year 2013,” he says.
“Her tireless dedication, service focus and commitment to making life easier for local business people highlights the difference our partners make for SMEs throughout the country. With partners in every corner of New Zealand, MYOB can provide help anywhere businesses are.”
Lynley attributes her success as a consultant to her empathetic customer focus, saying, “I always look at everything from my customers’ point of view. You have got to put yourself in their shoes and understand what their needs are.
“Communication is really important. Having a rapport with your client and being able to relate to them on a personal level is essential. While we can provide all the knowledge and expert advice possible, at the end of the day it’s about people.”
The team at Accounting Training are MYOB training specialists who provide a range of services and business consultancy, from software set-up and training, to bookkeeping and payroll.
“We understand that accounting is not easy,” says Lynley. “Training is essential for anyone who wants to use accounting software well. You need to start simple with the basics of MYOB and then add to their knowledge and skills later on. I have two other skilled consultants working with me and we have a lot of experience between us. We are very focused on providing the best MYOB solution for each customer.”
Lynley specialises in payroll, accounting and retail POS systems and has written a number of technical workbooks. Her background includes lecturing at the Auckland University of Technology and teaching at Epsom Girls Grammar School, prior to running her first company, JumpStart.
“I am thrilled to be named Partner of the Year for 2013,” says Lynley. “I really enjoy providing business owners with high quality support that helps them run their businesses more successfully as well as saving them time and money. It has been a challenging year and it is wonderful to gain recognition for all of the dedication and hard work that has been put in.”
MYOB’s other annual awards include:
- 2013 Newcomer of the Year – Ajay Shankar of The Accounting Solution
- Top seller North Island – Lynley Averis of Accounting Training
- Top seller South Island – Peter Oliver of Computing Solutions
10 year service awards
- Blair McCallum of Staples Rodway Hawkes Bay
- Chris Devine of Devine Computing
- Els Bodifee of Eborko
- Helen Webley of Bay Business Support
- Paul Hutchinson of Paul Hutchinson Consulting
- Peter Oliver of Computing Solutions
- Teresa Kiddell of Kiddell & Associates
- Robyn Millett of JAFA Solutions
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Established in 1991, MYOB is New Zealand's largest business management solutions provider. It makes life easier for approx. 1.2 million businesses across New Zealand and Australia, by simplifying accounting, payroll, tax, practice management, CRM, websites, job costing, inventory and more. MYOB provides ongoing support via many client service channels including a network of over 40,000 accountants, bookkeepers and other consultants. It is committed to ongoing innovation, particularly in cloud computing solutions, and now spends more than NZ$35 million annually on research and development. In 2013, MYOB expanded its offerings with the acquisition of accounting solutions provider BankLink. For more information, visit myob.co.nz.