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The HCG Team – Highlights and holidays

Posted on December 12, 2018

Christmas is once again heralding that time of year when we stop to reflect on the past, celebrate our milestones and learn from our experiences. It is also that time of year when we focus on new goals, stretch our vision and make new plans. We plan big and think big, we paint a bright picture, we look forward to the New Year.

At HCG we have many achievements to be proud of and success stories to share. We combine the wisdom and long term business experience of leaders and clients with the enthusiasm, motivation, energy and innovative thinking of our young team. We feel empowered to design our future together. We share a passion to do better, dream bigger and have fun on the way.

Our team is pleased to share with you their individual highlights of the 2016, how they plan to unwind during the Christmas break and what are their goals and aspirations for the 2017:

Wishing all our clients, families, friends and associates to enjoy lives filled with passion, purpose and truth and be courageous to live your dreams, grow your business and create the greatest vision for the New 2017!

grace

CHRIS HALL
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?”
Personally – Welcoming a beautiful new granddaughter into the family in April. Skiing with my grandsons in Thredbo. Having all our family together at a big house in the Blue Mountains to celebrate a milestone birthday for our eldest twin sons.
Professionally – Being surrounded by a very cohesive, supportive team in the office. Being challenged by clients with exciting assignments
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
Spend time with friends and family at home particularly our daughter who is visiting from her home in Los Angeles
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
More of the same. Lots more skiing, cycling friends and family

VENETTA SACHA
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
2016 was a year of personal changes and challenges for me and I am proud that I have come to the other end with completed goals, better work-life balance and plenty of energy to focus on new personal and professional development. I have also added two new travel destinations on my “Cities and Countries I Have Travelled To” list, Dubai and Uluru.
Professionally, I successfully passed my superannuation license exams and have enjoyed the challenges of all new client projects and the energy of the team, their eagerness to learn, achieve and do their best!
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
I plan to do “visual boarding” to capture what I want to achieve in life, brainstorm business ideas with friends, enjoy walks on the beach and find a new sport I haven’t tried before.
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year
Be fearless! Leave my comfort zone, design the greatest vision for myself and our business, be brave to follow through and celebrate every step forward!

ANDREW HALL
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
Completing a successful due diligence for the sale of a large client was a highlight of the year professionally.  I learnt even more about accounting as well as myself through this challenging project.
Being with my eldest son as he skied to Australia’s highest lifted peak for the first time.
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
Spend time with family and friends and watch the cricket and tennis.
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year
To be in a positive mind set despite challenges I might face.

JANE CHEN
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
My 2016 personal highlight was giving birth to my second lovely baby boy Alfred. Everything worked out perfectly and he brought a lot of happiness, joy and laughter to my whole family.
I have two professionally highlights in 2016. Firstly, I was involved in the biggest due diligence project in the HCG history with my client manager Andrew Hall and have been answering millions of questions from the purchaser. We achieved a great result for our client and settlement was successfully completed. The purchaser was very happy with our service and requested that we continue working with them. I have also liaised with the Deloitte auditor and successfully delivered the completion reports on time.
The second highlight is that I have been involved in the project of providing service in relation to the financial and tax due diligence of a Chinese company and providing the due diligence report to the local purchaser. This is a new area of experience for both HCG and myself and I enjoyed the challenge and feel confident about my contribution.
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
All my holiday plans have only one goal which is to spend more time with my family and enjoy every minutes with them. We will take some short trips to either beach or mountain to get closer to nature.
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
I will continue to contribute my knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to HCG to help our clients with their projects and various enquires.

GRACE SHIDEH
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
I recently went on a trip with my high school friends to Nelson Bay. It was a fun-filled trip, and I have to admit, we did get up to mischief!
Professionally, I have thoroughly enjoyed deepening my relationship with clients. I have been the catalyst in finding efficiencies for some of my clients, allowing them to focus less on compliance, and focus more on what is important to them.
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
I will be travelling to Iran, where my Dad and Grandparents live. I’ve bought all my ski gear so hopefully there will be good snow fall. If not, I will spend my time eating all the delicious food I can get my hands on.
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
I will officially be a CA in the new year. My goal is to take that a step further by undertaking another course. I’m not sure what course that will be at this stage, but there is always room for learning and self-improvement.

SEAN CROWLEY
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
Personal – Attending the College Football game held at ANZ Stadium Professional – Being a member of the HCG Team. Every day is a highlight!
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
Enjoy the festive season relaxing with family and friends.
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
Continuing to grow and learn as an accountant and watching and helping my boys through their first year of school.

FIONA LEUNG
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
Personally I spent lots of time with loved ones and travelled to a couple of favourite places during the year.
Professionally – I learnt from experiences, worked closely with clients and team and provided better client service.
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
Going for a four-wheel driving and camping, having Christmas family gatherings and watching firework on NYE to welcome the new year.
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
I wish to continuously work to the best of my knowledge and provide services to clients in a more value added manner.

DIMPLE RANAWAT
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
I have learnt the power of living in the moment and making most out of any given situation, let it be personal or professional.
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
I am travelling to India this holiday season and very keenly looking forward to having much awaited family time with my parents and siblings.
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
I am looking forward to step up to my next milestone professionally and also studying further subjects towards my CPA qualification. My personal goal would be to cultivate more active life style.

CLINTON STEWART
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
Highlight of my year personally would be moving to Sydney and starting a new job.
There is no single professional highlight of my year, it has been all round a fun and exciting year with many small achievements along the way.
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
Over the festive season I plan on relaxing and catching up with family and friends.
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
Get underway with my Chartered Accountancy program and continue with my professional development.

CHANDRA PARASNIS
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
On a personal level, I have been involved in some community and cultural events so utilised my time to help bringing community and culture together.
My professional highlight is the commence of my new career path
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
I am planning to wind down and spend some time with family and friends on Victorian trip
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
My goals are adding new skills to my skillset by continuing professional development studies.

LAUREN TRIVOR
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
The highlight of my year was competing in the national F45 playoffs in Manly and smashing my PB score. Professionally speaking, the highlight of my year was accepting my current role at HCG. I have already learnt so much and am excited to see what the future holds.
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
Spend time with my family and friends, make the most of summer being outdoors, and let’s not forget the most important part – eat lots of food
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
I would like to try and save enough to buy a property

SILVIA RUSSO
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
My professional highlight was re-entering the work force in a new industry. It is and has been a great learning curve which brings me to my personal achievement and that is always be a student of life.
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
Enjoy time with my family at the beach.
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
To keep on learning!

SASCHA MORGANS
What has been the highlight of your year both personally and professionally?
Personally – volunteer work, professionally – working with the team at Hall consulting
What do you plan to do over the festive season?
Planning to spend time with family and friends
What are your goals and aspirations for the new year?
To keep learning

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The HCG Team – Highlights and holidays

Posted on December 12, 2018

What an exciting year it has been for Hall Consulting Group as a whole and all our staff.

It’s almost time to close up for the year, but before we walk out the door we asked around the team to see how they have fared this year and what their upcoming break will hold.

HCG Team

Grace Shideh

Top work highlight for 2015?
Meeting clients personally and putting a face to a name – makes my work more meaningful.
How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break?
Travelling for 1 month to Iran to visit my Dad. I will try and beat my previous record of eating 100KG of pomegranate in one visit.
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
I have been naughty – I have re-discovered my love for wine and cheese this year and have spent many occasions relaxing with friends over a bottle of pinot grigio and a block of camembert.

Georgia Bennett

Top work highlight for 2015?
Cooking classes/ Fiona thinking cheese is involved in fishing
How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break?
Byron Bay :)
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Naughty – hard not to be with all the treats you baked by Jessica!

Kirsten Johns

Top work highlight for 2015?
Fitting two weeks of work into one week, on two occasions! So I could get in a trip to Hawaii, for a 25 year reunion with a girlfriend, and Japan, with Cameron on a Rugby tour via 6 days in Tokyo – awesome.
How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break? 
Pure Relaxation with no rushing from client to client. Trying not to eat too much and drink too much!
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Very very naughty. Lots of HARD work to do next year both with food and exercise. My goal is the Sydney ½ marathon in May with a time of 2 hours.

Venetta Sacha

Top work highlight for 2015?
I was featured in the Australian Financial Review in April 2015 in relation to the USA tax laws affecting US citizens in Australia. This generated opportunities to connect with many new people and learn more about the long arm of the IRS.
How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break?
This is a good time to be gentle with myself and listen to my body and spirit, indulge in good time with my wonderful friends and replenish my energy. Be creative, stay inspired and be ready for the new year!
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
It is in my nature to be nice but it feels so liberating to be naughty from time to time…

Sean Crowley

Top work highlight for 2015?
Taming the vicious Auditors.
How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break?
Spend time with the kids and take them on a few little adventures and watch the new Star Wars movie, twice. May the force be with you.
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Depends on who you ask………

Madison Pachas

How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break?
I will be relaxing at home spending as much time as possible with my daughter.
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Extremely naughty!! I was meant to learn how to knit and bake(properly) and did neither! Very lazy year hope 2016 brings much more motivation to me!

Jessica Peachey

Top work highlight for 2015?
Planning a tax seminar cruise was a bit exciting! Even better was that all that attended had such a wonderful time and the presentations from our speakers were very well received.

How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break?
Relaxing at home and taking it easy. As well as spending some time doing some baking. I’ve got to start finding new recipes to test on the team for next year!

Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Nice, of course!

Jane Chen

Top work highlight for 2015?
Assisting with a clients superannuation guarantee charges auditing for 3 years. I helped them liaising with ATO, digging up the information and prepared all the relevant forms to solve the problem.

How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break?
The break will start from a holiday house next to the beach in Wollongong. I will enjoy the time playing with my son on the beach, by building sand castles and jumping into the ocean. Then we’ll do some shopping for the coming baby. As well as meeting with some friends and attending a few parties.

Fiona Leung

Top work highlight for 2015?
Having the opportunity to work with one of our clients to continuously improve on the bookkeeping. And joining the energetic team of another client working through their management report schedule.
It was also a pleasure to join the tax conference cruise and meet with our clients, challenging them with tax questions and learning at the same time.
How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break? 
Christmas Parties, weddings, road trips etc

Chris Hall

Top work highlight for 2015?
I have had a very interesting year. We managed to move house twice . Not only that but we ultimately ended up with the perfect house. My perfect work highlight is having the support of my fellow directors, the HCG team and clients to be able to do this.
How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break?
I will be unwinding over the Christmas break by spending time with family and friends – in between I will be unpacking and moving more of the endless pile of removal boxes and furniture.
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
I have only been nice this year because I haven’t had time to be naughty.

Zuzana Turecekova

Top work highlight for 2015?
Getting on the higher level of my work with SMSF by using new strategies and successful implementation and processing in Class Super
Successful working out how to calculate allocation amount of anti-detriment reserve without any training or example provided, creation of template working papers for this calculation with the list of information needed for the calculation (challenging, I like it!!!)
Helping my colleagues with SMSF queries and procedures and Class Super software queries.
I helped Chris and Venetta with the marketing project in Noosa to get more clients. I flew with them to Noosa and spend 3 days talking to the potential clients and was introducing them to our company.
How do you plan to unwind over the holiday break?
I’m going to go through my  Manuals from the courses I attended during the year: SMSF Update & Strategies Seminar 2015 and Knowledge Shop Seminars.
Have you been naughty or nice this year?
Yes, I was nice I guess :)

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