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The flagship Women in Finance Awards, presented by Momentum Media, saw more than 800 people gather at The Star in Sydney to celebrate the exceptional work of women within financial services.
 
When Walsh Accountants was named as a finalist in three categories for the Women in Finance Awards, we knew this was cause for celebration!

Donna Bruce and Rachael Keuning attended the awards in Sydney last week to represent the firm. Rachael, a finalist in Office Administrator of the year award and Donna vying for Accountant of the Year Category and also hoping to bring home the trophy for the Employer of the Year Category on behalf of the Walsh team.

The evening started with excitement with Rachael being announced as the first ever winner of the Women in Finance Awards as Office Administrator of the Year.
 
The Walsh Directors and the entire team are so proud of Rachael and all that she has achieved for herself and for our Firm.

Rachael insists "whilst a lot of hard work and determination that has gotten me to where I am today, none of this would have been possible without the mentorship, support, and opportunities provided to me by Tom Walsh, Murray Kilpin, and Donna Bruce. My name may be the one on the trophy, but I dedicate this award to you all"  

We also recognise what a great achievement it is for Donna Bruce for being named as a finalist for Accountant of the Year as well as spearheading our application for Employer of the Year.

For our boutique Gold Coast based firm to be nationally recognised amongst big name firms such as Westpac, TAL, PKF, Deloitte, and AIA Australia, we know just being named as a finalist is an achievement in itself.

Speaking after the event, Momentum Media's head of events, Jim Hall, said: "Many congratulations to all of the winners of the first ever Women in Finance Awards!

"It was an amazing night, and we're proud to elevate the achievements of these inspirational women, who are not only role models for women in the financial services industry, but for the industry as a whole.
 
"By rewarding their hard work and dedication, and recognising the companies who have made diversity their mission, we hope to highlight the inspirational high achievers from the financial sector and recognise the rising stars of tomorrow

Tom, Murray, Donna, and the whole Team would like to thank everyone who attended the Walsh Accountants Entrepreneurs Cup Polo August. 


The event was a roaring success and we are very proud to say we raised 
$3018 for the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation!
Thank you to everyone who assisted in our fundraising efforts by donating prizes for our raffle 

A special thanks to our Platinum Event Sponsors - Evans & Company Family Lawyers, CCS Insurance Solutions & JK Financial Solutions, Stinchcombe & Haney Lawyers, and Gold Coast Equine Clinic. Also, a big thank you to our Gold Sponsorship Group - Magic Millions, Insane Technologies, Eyes On Business, Integrated Human Resourcing, and Bell Legal Group.

Once again the Gold coast Polo Club pulled together to ensure the event preparation was done, the horses and players were assembled, and the games were masterfully played. A special thank you to Dave Suttor, Mark Lillyman, Spring Bird and Murray Kilpin, and your team for all your effort!

Also, a huge thank you to Guanaba Rural Fire Brigade volunteers. The day would have been very difficult without all your help! 
If you would like to see some pictures from the day - Please visit our Facebook Page

Walsh Accountants is very proud to announce we have been shortlisted in three major categories for the prestigious Women in Finance Awards! 

Donna Bruce and Rachael Keuning have been shortlisted as finalists in the Accountant of the Year & Office Administrator of the Year categories respectively; and Walsh Accountants has also been shortlisted in the prestigious Employer of the Year category.   

Donna has said that it's great to have an award that recognises all the amazing women in the professional services industries and she is really honoured to be recognised as a finalist. Both Rachael & Donna would like to thank the wonderful team at Walsh Accountants and some fantastic clients who not only nominated them but also supported their applications.
 
In its inaugural year, the Women in Finance Awards recognises the outstanding work of women within the financial services industries.
 
"This awards event is an Australian-first program that truly pulls together all areas of financial services under one umbrella to celebrate success and excellence," said Momentum Media's head of events, Jim Hall.
 
"We are set for a superb awards presentation. The judges have a tough job on their hands this year and there will no doubt be much excitement as the winners are announced"
"The winners will not only represent inspirational high achievers from the financial sector, but also recognise the rising stars of tomorrow," he added.
 
The winners will be announced at a black-tie awards dinner on Thursday, 21 September at The Star, Sydney.

Securing Council Contracts Workshop

 

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Then don't miss the Securing Council Contracts Workshop    Read more…

Toga Village Church Restoration Project

They say it takes one man to make a difference. In this story; that man is Leigh Bernhardt

Whilst on holidays in 2015, Leigh and his wife Sandra were visiting a remote village in Fiji. The tour of the village included a walk through the church which was also used by the village people as their meeting hall. 

Leigh and Sandra were shocked with the state of disrepair of the Church. It has been damaged during the recent bad weather and the villages did not have the funds to be able to fix it. In particular, the floor boards were water damaged and with the tourists walking through, the situation was steadily getting worse.

So touched by their situation, upon returning to Australia Leigh and Sandra established the Toga Village Restoration Fund and began seeking donations so they could  fix the Church floor. Walsh Accountants was very happy to contribute to the project. 

December 2016 the restoration project was complete! Leigh has said that it has made such a huge difference to the Village. 

Leigh, we are so inspired by your humility and your fundraising efforts. Thank you for asking our firm to contribute to this very worthy cause.

Pictures of the finished project... Read more…

Donna BruceWith the continued growth of our firm Graham Walsh, Tom Walsh, & Murray Kilpin are excited to announce that Donna Bruce is now joining them the fourth partner of Walsh Accountants.

Donna is very proud to become the new and first female partner of the firm. "I am honoured to become a Partner of Walsh Accountants; alongside Graham, Tom, and Murray. Although it won't change what I do now and how I work with our team or our clients, it is great for my hard work to be recognised and to be given this opportunity"

Donna grew up in a small a small farming community in NSW and moved to the Gold Coast in 2004 to start her accounting career. Since then, she has worked in public practice gaining extensive experience in accounting for management rights, primary production, medical professionals, hotels and café's as well as wide range of other industries. Donna enjoys working closely with her clients to help them understand their business and develop effective strategies to meet their short and long term goals.

Since joining the firm in June 2013, Donna has been an enormous asset to Walsh Accountants and a fundamental component of the firm's growth and success. 

Donna selflessly dedicates her time to mentoring, coaching, and encouraging many individuals within the Walsh Team. She is a contributing factor to the ongoing professional development and daily support of our team.

Taking all these factors into consideration, having her become the new partner of Walsh Accountants was a natural process and a very easy decision to make.

2016 has been a huge year for Donna; running her first marathon in July and now becoming a partner of the firm "I'm excited to see what 2017 brings!" she says. 

Australia's top accounting firms and professionals have been revealed at the 2016 Australian Accounting Awards.

The awards program covers all facets of the accounting industry in Australia, from top-level executive roles, to marketing departments, to support staff and administrative roles.

Walsh Accountants was recognised with our Client Relationship Manager Rachael Keuning being awarded the

Office Administrator of the Year for 2016!

"Being with the firm for over 12 years, I am proud to have helped grow Walsh Accountants from just 5 members to our current team of over 20. I have really enjoyed being a part of this growth and transformation and now being nationally recognised for my achievements is beyond exciting" Rachael said.   

"Whilst I know I've worked really hard to get to where I am today – it would not have been possible without the opportunities and mentorship provided from Walsh Accountants Directors Graham Walsh, Tom Walsh, and Murray Kilpin. I humbly accept this award and would like to give them the recognition and thanks they deserve for everything they have done to encourage and support me throughout my career".   Read more…

Unleash: EcoPreneur Start-Up Weekend

There is little doubt that in our current times, we as business owners are faced with a choice: "preferred future" or "business as usual"?

In our modern world, business tends to lead society and is often the traverse between what is real and what is imagined. Through business, we have the opportunity to decide whether to create something that will benefit our environment for future generations or impoverish it.

 Our social and environmental responsibility is very important to us, SO 

Walsh Accountants is proudly supporting ONEgroup as they host:

Unleash: EcoPreneur Start-Up Weekend

The 2016 Unleash: EcoPreneur Start-Up Weekend has been created to bring Queensland's best sustainable start-ups together to access start-up support and investment and drive positive environmental change for the future. Unleash is a 2 day event featuring a combination of guest speaker panel discussions from industry leaders, showcase of organic eco-enterprise opportunities, start-up investment panel AND serious $100K ONEgroup investment packages up for grabs for selected start-ups. Read more…

2016 Walsh Accountnats Entrepreneurs Cup

Following the success of our inaugural Polo event last year, Walsh Accountants very happily hosted the Walsh Accountants Entrepreneurs cup again in 2016.

We have received such positive feedback for the day and whilst it's a lot of work putting an event such as this together, knowing all the guests had such a great time makes it all worth while! With the event doubling in size within one year, Directors Graham Walsh, Tom Walsh, and Murray Kilpin couldn't have been happier with the success of the day.

Our Platinum Team Sponsors; Walsh Accountants and Bruce Lynton Land Rover played against each other in competition for the Perry Cross Cup; but The Bruce Lynton Land Rover Team just beat the Walsh Accountants team to take the win.

The highlight of the day was Entrepreneur Cup 2015 winning team Evans & Company Family Lawyers hot competition against contenders JDL Strategies. A late goal in the final chukka by Dean Caulfield taking the win for second year in a row for Evans & Company team.    

The Walsh Accountants Entrepreneurs Cup event gathers a diverse selection of SE QLD's business community for a day of relaxed family friendly polo action. With plenty of entertainment for the kids, it was a perfect day to keep the whole family entertained. .  

All the images from our professional photographer at the event have been posted on our Facebook Page. The pictures are fantastic so I would like to encourage you to take a look.  

We proudly supported The Perry Cross foundation throughout the event raising money for the charity via the sale of raffle tickets on the day. Proceeds raised for the foundation totalled $2000 for the day.

We look forward to hosting the event again next year and hope you can join us

 

Walsh Accountants 40th Birthday Celebration

2016 is the year in which we celebrate our 40th year in business on the Gold Coast.

We are deeply entrenched in the fabric of the local Gold Coast business community and is well positioned to assist clients who wish to grow their business and provide opportunities for themselves, their family and the greater community. Over the last 40 years, we feel proud to have supported the businesses that have helped to grow the Gold Coast from a beach side community to the vibrant young city that it is today.

We look forward to working with current and future business owners to continue to create opportunities and prosperity for themselves and the wider community

 

 

2015 Melbourne Cup

Every year the Walsh & Walsh team celebrates Melbourne Cup together by attending a function or hosting an in-house luncheon. We're big on team culture here and really enjoy spending the day together. This year we decided to head out of the office and attended a function at Northcliffe Surf Lifesaving Club. Here is our group photo from the day - You can see the whole album on our Facebook page.

With the big upset of the day being Prince of Penzance, no one from the team won big with the TAB. Our annual office sweeps delivered some shock wins and very happy & surprised first, second, and third place holders.

One thing for sure is that we all had a fantastic day and would like to take this opportunity thank Tom, Murray, and Graham for their kindness and generosity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patriot Pair are Happy Campers - Justin & Sarah Montesalvo feature in GC Bulletin

His script for Patriot Campers reads almost like a fairytale - albeit of the business kind.  Buy a product (off-road camper trailer); spot flaws and modify to suit needs; get noticed by industry publication; win award and start selling them all around the country.

 That is exactly what happened for Justin and Sarah Montesalvo. The couple, who own and run a sheet-metal business in Meadowbrook, Logan, are self-confessed 'lifelong campers". They bought a top-of-the-range off-road camper several years back and discovered the weight and features didn't work for them.
Using the skills honed through their sheet-metal business, they were able to shed the features they didn't like and add those they wanted to cater for a family with three children.

 

The Patriot Campers business was born. Read more…

Ocean Royale Apartments - Feature in Resort News

We are very happy to announce our clients Maureen & John Gorely and Don & Yvonne Curtis we're features in Resort News this month (August 2015).

They own the Management Rights for Ocean Royale Apartments in Broadbeach and we're very happy for them not only for getting the feature in the magazine but for growing and operating such a fantastic business/resort.

Well done guys - keep up the great work!

If you would like to read the full article as published in resort news; click this link to the PDF ---> Ocean Royale - Resort News Feature

We  would like to thank Jenny Rogers from the Gold Coast Bulletin for covering our event with a follow up article after our Polo event. 

There was plenty of good-natured horsing around by a lot of local bizoids at the weekend.

The inaugural Walsh Accountants Entrepreneurs Cup saw business owners get together at the Gold Coast Polo Club to "throw-in" and help budding local start-ups in the race to become thriving entrepreneurs.  Read more…

Walsh & Walsh are very proud of The Walsh Accountants Entrepreneurs Cup and what we achieved from the day. 

With over 600 people attending the day Murray Kilpin was ecstatic with the success of the day.  "The guests that attended the day were some of the most progressive and innovative Gold Coast Businesses and the community should be proud of what these entrepreneurs have achieved and what they are planning for the future.  Our goal was to provide a relaxed family friendly setting for these high achievers and an opportunity to form new relationships that will assist the continued growth of their businesses.  Read more…

The brainchild of longstanding Gold Coast accounting firm, Walsh and Walsh, the weekend networking event is aimed at inspiring innovative start-up business ideas.

The family firm founded in 1976 has established a dedicated entrepreneurs division with a team of five handpicked senior business advisers who will mentor start-ups as they grow their business.

The firm, which specialises in working with small and medium businesses, has teamed up with the Bond University Business Accelerator to offer free advisory services to a selected start-up business until it is cashflow positive.  Read more…

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