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Michael Mekhitarian

If you follow your passion, it’s not really work.

Michael Mekhitarian is passionate about small and medium business. He believes in opportunity, and the role he can play in creating something bigger and better…

I want my children, my grandchildren to live in a better place. I want my friends, family and clients to find success.

This philosophy ebbs through each and every interaction with his clients. It’s why he gets up every morning. It’s why he is so passionate about his work.

My first priority is about ensuring my clients’ financial success and freedom… My job as a business owner, accountant, financial planner and mentor allows me to have an impact on many, many people’s lives… and that’s a very powerful motivator.

After finishing his accountancy degree, Michael held a number of accountancy jobs…which is where he met fellow ATB partner Jim Vass. They clicked over a shared passion for accountancy and motorbikes, and when the time was right, they formed ATB Partners.

Our drive to start our own business was based on freedom. Freedom for us, and for our clients.

My vision for the world is around true freedom, which means prosperity. We need to facilitate individuals to do the best they can within their environment. That’s where I feel I make a real difference.

Not surprisingly, Michael’s values include trust, integrity and leadership. Besides accountancy, his passion is with motorbikes, reading fiction and travelling. Oh, and new, cutting-edge software.

Cloud-based systems really excited us, and we wanted to find out how this new technology could add value to our business, and to our clients’ businesses. As proactive accountants, we are constantly looking for new opportunities to benefit our clients. We moved our own operations to the cloud almost 10 years ago and we’ve never looked back.

Michael’s other key focus lies in training and supporting the ATB team… and he does enjoy watching his other team, the Tigers, win!

Paul Rattray

I love what I do. I love helping people. It’s pretty simple… I try and make people’s businesses better. I get great satisfaction from doing good things for people.’

Paul Rattray is a relaxed, happy person. He enjoys being around people, and being at work.

‘‘I like the team here at ATB… it’s a community, and community is so important to me. I try to be a better person each day. If I do that, people around me will be better.’

Paul is a country boy, which may account for his sense of community. He grew up riding motorbikes, reading and watching movies.

But his thirst for knowledge drove him to complete his Masters Degree, and become an ATB Partner in 2007.

I’ve known Jim & Michael for 30 years. We work well together… we have three very different opinions, but all get on very well’.

As a taxation expert, Paul really does care about delivering financial freedom. Why?

‘For a stress-free life and better communities. If I can help a business grow and prosper, they are going to employ people and make a better world for us.’

So it comes back to community.

Community… and taxation, business structure, financial planning, strategic cash flow forecast, taxation budgeting, revenue and growth strategy…. Paul plans for success and strength.

And when he’s not helping clients achieve financial freedom, Paul enjoys riding his motorbike, reading and playing hockey – oh yes and watching the Dragons play!

Jim Vass

‘I like to help people achieve what they believe is impossible… too many people aren’t prepared to help. I want to help.’

Work experience at an accountancy firm in Year 10 convinced Jim Vass that accountancy was the most boring job in the world.

Yes, truly.

‘It was the 80’s. I made a lot of mistakes… and used so much liquid paper I could snap the pages in half!’

After leaving school, Jim took a job in retail management… and quickly realised this wasn’t for him.

He enrolled in an accounting course, passed the exams without feeling challenged and realised that accountancy was actually quite cool after all…

I realised accountancy was a great foundation for being able to go forward into any business you wanted…

Jim studied in accountancy at university (where he met Paul) and graduated in 1989… and he’s never looked back.

I want to change our business owners’ experience. Accountancy is not about how much tax you have to pay… it’s about adding value to our clients’ businesses and their lives.

‘It’s incredibly satisfying to see a client’s success. To set up goals and opportunities and see those prosper.’

‘It’s not just numbers. Looking at how we can improve our own business, and improve our client’s business is why I get up in the morning.’

If Jim could go anywhere in the world it would be Greece, although he too admits to having just a tiny passion for motorbikes…

I like to do a couple of road trips a year… go off the beaten track. It gives me a different perspective on life and great clarity.’

Not content with helping clients, Jim also participates in many events to raise money for cancer research, notably this September he will complete the Kokoda Trail to aid Pancreatic Cancer Research.

Honesty is the cornerstone of Jim’s value system. Honesty, and finding the balance between work and family…

Oh and despite all the letters after his name, Jim doesn’t take himself too seriously…You’ll find him stirring up some light-hearted trouble in the office or with family and friends with his delightfully irreverent sense of humour.

Samina Rahman

Client Manager

Going to the movies, spending time with friends and family… and crunching the numbers… this is what energizes Client Manager Samina Rahman.

I had two choices when I finished school – study Marketing or Accounting. I chose into Accountancy and the rest is history.

It’s not just a job. It’s about helping people achieve their financial goals… I get amazing satisfaction from that.

For most people, crunching the numbers would not be on their top 5 things to do.But Samina is a little geeky like that.

Arm yourself with knowledge and you can achieve anything.

Samina’s areas of expertise are in tax planning, payroll, financial accounts and client management.

And being a working parent is a delicate balance, but one Samina relishes.

‘I love being busy and helping people. I love my colleagues, they are an incredible bunch of people. It’s a great community to be a part of.’

Bhavna Goyal

Client Manager

For me the relationship with my clients is hugely important. I love to provide an excellent level of service.

Client Manager Bhavna Goyal really enjoys tax law.

That’s not to say she doesn’t enjoy the day-to-day client needs, it’s just that she likes the big picture stuff… and for her that’s taxation. And minimising yours, of course.

I enjoy challenges… helping our clients achieve their business goals and bringing out the best of myself.’

Bhavna has been with ATB Partners since 2012 and there’s a good reason why.

‘The overall feeling in the office is very positive. There’s a great sense of belonging and community.’

Bhavna values integrity, honesty and loyalty, and while she sometimes feels that the digital world can be a little disruptive, she loves how cloud-based technology has improved efficiency… and has changed the way we all work.

When she’s not in the office, Bhavna likes listening to music, long walks and spending time with her children. And she’d love to learn to dance.

Beck Paik

Accountant

I wanted to be an engineer or astronaut when I was younger… but when I grew up I realised Accountancy was attractive and challenging.

‘So I’m still shooting for the stars, just in a different way.

Beck Paik likes to be challenged. His role as specialist tax and SMSF accountant gives him new challenges to face daily.

Rather than faze him…it energises him.

‘I enjoy helping people, giving advice, and seeing the outcome.’

From simple tax transactions to full service accounting and complex reporting, Beck’s expertise is growing.

‘I motivate myself to improve and developing my skills through education and learning.’

Besides accounting, Beck says spending time with his wife makes him smile. And he’d love to travel all over the world starting with a trip to USA with his wife.

Mona Riza De Luna

Accountant

‘I didn’t choose ATB, they chose me. I really feel like part of a family – we aren’t treated like staff members and that’s so important to me’.

Mona Riza wasn’t always an accountant. In fact, she started out as an auditor, but soon realised the laborious role wasn’t for her. So she tried Accounting and found, much to her surprise, she loved it.

Excited about the challenges of learning new tasks, she embraces life, and is excited knowing she may eventually face different challenges that will help her grow.

And while positive about most things, Mona is occasionally frustrated by people having low aspirations and not doing their best to improve their lives.

That’s why she’s constantly striving to achieve the very best outcome she can for her clients. ‘Life is a gift and given for a reason…and that’s what gets me up every morning.’ 

During her free time Mona loves watching movies, shopping, and playing badminton!

Adele Pooley

Client Service Coordinator

I’m very goal orientated…

‘I like to get to the end of every day knowing I’ve achieved what I’ve set out to do that day.

Adele is the smiling, positive face you’ll see in and around the ATB offices.

She is the admin whizz, and loves the open, straightforward and honest team spirit at ATB.

I knew I’d fit in well when I was interviewed and I mentioned my motorbike… Jim, Michael and Paul all responded enthusiastically!

Adele loves learning new things and taking on daily challenges.

On weekends she volunteers at the dog shelter, helping dogs find their forever homes.

Sandy Van Noort

Client Liaison

‘I love my job… helping people every day makes me happy. I’m a jack of all trades, and my role here is so varied… I am always busy.’

Sandy has worked alongside Jim, Michael and Paul for 20 years… building long-term relationships with clients…building the business.

If you have a general query, Sandy is the best person to help you.

It could be something as simple as not understanding a financial document you were sent… or something more complex like explaining an update to taxation law.

You develop a wealth of knowledge and experience over 20 years!

‘I love helping clients and I get great satisfaction when they leave happy… Good long term relationships are very important to me.

‘I also love having a joke around the office…the team at ATB are a great bunch of people and the atmosphere is always good.’

Running after her two boys keeps her busy, and in her downtime she would much prefer to be reading on a beach.

Vijaya Joshi

Para Planner

Resident ‘new girl on the block’, Vijaya Joshi has so many letters after her name, it’s hard to count them all.

She finds her job as Para Planner with ATB Partners fascinating, exciting and interesting.

‘I love looking at people’s goals and lifestyle objectives… analysing those goals and planning for their financial success.

When clients are happy…it makes me smile because I know I’ve done a great job.

She is also passionate about education, her son’s cuddles, driving her car with the music blaring… and singing along, loudly.

Romina Cristina Cunanan

Accountant

‘If you can use your little time in this world doing something positive for someone, one lifetime is enough.’

Romina Cunanan was born to analyze.  She loves accounting and inventory, and answering questions like ‘where did my money go?’

Supercharged by learning new things (like cooking), she divides her time between work, her growing family, and her husband.

She wasn’t always interested in accountancy though. She told her accountant father she would like to study teaching or psychology and in no uncertain terms he told her she would be a good accountant.

So Father really does know best… at least in this instance.

An accounting role at ATB appealed to Romina for many reasons.. The directors’ core values, staff loyalty, their sincerity and care. But the name ATB resonated with her in a strong way. ATB. Accounting, Taxation, Business Administration. Value for each client.

‘Plus they are easy to work for. Who needs difficult people?’

Few things in life make Romina sadder than oppression and a lack of education. But when she’s not trying to change the world one day at a time, and attending inspirational workshops, she reads, listens to the Moana soundtrack and spends quality time with her children.

Delanie Bewert

Receptionist

The staff here at ATB make each day enjoyable…  it’s a great office environment and we always manage to make each other smile.

Delanie’s is the smiling voice you’ll hear when you call ATB Partners.

Often she’ll know how to help and if she doesn’t, she’ll put you through to the right person.

Intensely independent, she values family and friends, and would like to see people help people a little more, in order to make a difference.

She’s also a netballer, but don’t hold that against her. Just don’t come up against her in a Centre bib!

Nicola Vass

Marketing Assistant

‘I love walking into the office in the morning and seeing how people are interacting with our social media posts…I love seeing the ways people communicate with us, and react to us’

For Marketing Assistant Nicola Vass, the journey is ‘cool and interesting’. She is studying a double degree in Commerce/Marketing, and majoring Psychology.

It’s a pretty good mix, marketing and psychology… kind of like a match made in heaven for the partners at ATB.

Nicola is energized by learning, and researching… she loves writing blogs and says researching gives her a broader understanding of how everything works.

Other than her desire to learn, Nicola is a pretty normal, compassionate twenty-something. She loves music festivals, hanging out with her friends, and Ed Sheeran. Not necessarily in that order.

Subodh Kumar

Accountant

‘I love thinking about my clients’ businesses and how we can help them evolve and have a more prosperous future… ‘

Subodh Kumar is one of those rare people that actually loves their job. Advising business owners and putting them in the strongest possible position gives him energy and a sense of purpose. Subodh is passionate about educating himself and constantly reads business and economic books and reviews.

He also likes making people smile… he says when others smile, he smiles.

An accountant for over 11 years, Subodh has spent many years travelling, and working in other countries which has given him two things; a greater understanding and knowledge of his role as an accountant.. and the travel bug!

As for the future?

‘I want to be more involved in business advisory, and thinking strategically about how we can change a business’s outcome and future.’ I also want to travel – the UK and Thailand are top of my list’

And besides tax and travel, Subodh loves to cook – and makes a mean Indian curry!

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