Michael Mekhitarian


Michael Mekhitarian is passionate about business. And it doesn’t matter if your business employs three people … or twenty three people, Michael believes in the personal freedom you CAN achieve through small business success.

You could say he’s on a mission to make every small business owner a success story.

“I believe in opportunity, and the role that I can play in creating something bigger and better. I want my children and 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.  Read more

Paul Rattray


Chartered Accountant and small business specialist Paul Rattray is very clear about why he does what he does at ATB Accountants.

“It’s pretty simple. I try to make people’s businesses better, so they can achieve the success they deserve. I like helping people, and I get great satisfaction from it.”

Relaxed and optimistic, Paul enjoys being around people – and working hard.

‘‘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.”  Read more

Jim Vass


“I like to help people achieve what they believe is impossible … especially in small business. Too many people aren’t prepared to help other people succeed. I want to help.”

After leaving school, Jim enrolled in an accounting course, passed the exams without feeling challenged and in his own words:

“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. Read more

Samina Rahman

Samina Rahman


Client Manager

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

“I had two choices when I finished school – study marketing or accounting. I chose 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 in their top five 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

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 in myself.”

Bhavna has been with ATB Chartered Accountants 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.

Bishoy Wasef

Bishoy Wasef


Senior Accountant

Bishoy started out with an impressive double degree in Law and Accounting.

Watching shows like “Law and Order” and “The Good Wife” gave him a taste for being a lawyer, but after working in a law firm for six months he realised it wasn’t for him.

He then switched to accounting, working for a number of top tier accountancy firms, but it was when he took a Senior Accountant position at a smaller firm he found out what he really enjoyed:

Bigger firms are a bottleneck, its like a conveyor belt.

But at a smaller firm you’re adding value to clients. You’re having a conversation with them and helping them with their business. I really love doing that.

It was when Bishoy met with the main partners of ATB he knew he’d found a place of like minds.

I spoke to Mike and Paul and I had a really good feeling. I just felt comfortable and was instantly on the same page.

ATB has also helped him grow and expand his skills

They’re technically very good and I can learn a lot from them. I’m all about learning and growing.

Bishoy’s legal training comes in great use as he has a level of expertise and knowledge around crucial aspects like the Tax Act.

In his free time Bishoy is a self described “health freak” and works out and plays soccer. He also loves reading and playing chess.

Adele Pooley

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

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.

Valerie Anne Catap

Valerie Anne Catap


Accountant

“I like numbers and problem solving … and knowing I have improved or added value to someone’s life.”

Valerie Anne Catap likes to be productive and busy, and she takes nothing for granted. Not easily frustrated, her patient, diligent manner sees her accomplishing milestones for her clients daily.

“My goal is to grow personally and professionally,” says Valerie.

Valerie studied accountancy to fulfil her dream of working with, and supporting, small and medium businesses …

… and she saw her position with ATB as the perfect opportunity to work with a team who were also passionate about supporting and growing businesses.

Helping people, as well as achieving her goals and travelling the world make Valerie smile.

“What excites me the most is finding cheap airfares to beautiful places I haven’t been to yet.”

Besides travel, numbers and problem solving, Valerie likes to spend her weekends watching movies, and videos about cooking.

Vijaya Joshi

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 Chartered Accountants 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

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 analyse. 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 director’s 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 or attending inspirational workshops, she reads, listens to the Moana soundtrack and spends quality time with her children.

Delanie Bewert

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. 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 others 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

Nicola Vass


Marketing Specialist

“I love walking into the office in the mornings 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 in 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 energised 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.

Mary Grace Yumul

Mary Grace Yumul


Accountant

“I believe everything can be learned.”

Grace started her accountancy career working in the hotel sector for auditing firms. She found the work rewarding and she loved the industry – she knew that she had chosen the right career path.

She is grateful to be part of the ATB team and is energised by the friendly, supportive environment.

“What excites me about going to work every day is knowing that I’ll be working on what I love, working for people I love.”

Grace appreciates receiving a thank you from a client she has helped, and she enjoys making people smile. She always strives to give and do her best every single day, whether at work or play.

Her attitude to life is that you should always take a positive approach. It’s important to her to always give things a try. She values commitment, dedication, optimism, respect and honesty. Grace loves her family and says they are her biggest motivation in life.

“I want them to have the best life possible, and they’re the main reason why I get out of bed every morning.”

During her free time, Grace enjoys socialising and eating out with friends and family. She looks forward to new experiences and creating memories with her loved ones.

Lara Agawin

Lara May Agawin


Accountant

I love how I wake up every day and get excited to come to work, because not a lot of people get to enjoy that.

Lara has always had a real talent for numbers. She has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. Before ATB she worked in a consulting firm in the accounting department where she did auditing; tax; legal and a whole range of complex topics.

But it was when she came to ATB that she really felt like she’d arrived home.

The people at ATB welcome you warmly. You feel like you are in a family.

 

Lara relishes the challenge of her work and solving problems for her clients.

I like being challenged and that’s what I get with ATB. Because if you do not like being challenged, then you are not on the road where you should be.

She doesn’t mind the fast pace of her work as it is so rewarding.

You feel accomplished at the end of the day and it makes you happy, which is the most important thing.

When Lara is not solving problems for her clients she is happy to chill out at home, reading books, listening to music, spending time with family and friends over food and great conversation.

Oliver Knox

Oliver Knox


Intermediate Accountant

Oliver Knox came to ATB Chartered Accountants because he wanted to be more involved in the client side of accounting.

Interacting with clients and providing professional accounting advice that “really has an impact on clients’ businesses and their companies and even their own personal finances” is what motivates Oliver.

Joining ATB has been a positive experience for Oliver.

“I felt like I was welcome here the first week I started – I felt like I was home. Every day goes very fast working here; I’m very happy.”

Oliver is completing his professional qualifications with CA to become a chartered accountant and with ATB’s support, he is looking forward to achieving his goals.

A country boy at heart, Oliver loves nature and hiking Wentworth Falls with his wife in their down time.

“It just slows down time. I grew up in the country and coming to Sydney, everything is very fast paced. It can be hard to stop and relax. But just going out into the mountains into the fresh air and silence … it just brings me back down to earth and slows everything down.”

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