By Tina Zawila and Steve Marsten
On 1st April 1977, two accountants joined in partnership to become Fagg and Cathcart here in Gladstone, and that was the beginning of the firm we now call Sothertons. 40 years later, after a few name changes and a few retired partners, Steve Marsten and Tina Zawila lead a team of nine dedicated professionals.
So how do you celebrate 40 years, when you are accountants and business advisors? Of course, you throw a party, but you also set some serious goals.
Our team are used to monthly, quarterly and annual goals and targets, but in our 40th year, we knew we needed to step it up a notch.
So with a “40 theme” in mind, we came up with the following goals for 2017:
- Identify and implement 40 Office Improvements. These could be changes to our physical space, systems or processes to improve productivity and efficiency, or just to make us more comfortable in the office.
- Undertake 40 Professional or Personal Development activities. PD is vital to enable us to provide our clients with excellent advice. However, our own physical and mental well-being is just as important and so we recognised these achievements and activities too.
- Help 40 new clients. We knew we had the capacity to help more people, so we attended networking events, offered obligation-free initial consultations, and provided advice and support to as many people in our community as we could.
- Finally, we wanted to give back to the community that has supported our business, so we set out to do 40 Good Deeds. We have raised money and/or goods for charities, donated blood, taken on volunteer positions, and even put the neighbour’s bins out when they forgot!
As we enter the last working week of2017 we are proud to say we not only achieved, but exceeded the 160 target, and we have had a lot of fun along the way. Now we look forward to 2018 and to new challenges.
We wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2018.
If we can help you achieve your goals, please call us on 4972 1300.