We've organised a rather large send-off for Brian in November to thank him for his ongoing loyalty and commitment to BHR Papalia, but more importantly his friendship. It was a request from Brian that it include fun, family and food and to that extent, we are going all out to fulfil that request.
As for Brian’s succession, we are ridiculously fortunate to have an amazing team of professionals that have honed their craft with the benefit of Brian’s knowledge and experience. Our SMSF manager is Lindzee-Kate Blackburn, and as Brian always tells us, she knows more than him…much more. Maddison Nuske is our SMSF administration officer and between both of these extraordinary ladies, they make a formidable team.
We caught up with Brian to hear about his experiences over the years.
How long have you been at BHR?
I started with Joe Papalia on 8th May 1995 after moving up from Albany. Joe’s health was suffering at the time so it was up to Dom Papalia and I to get things up to date for him. On 1st July 1996, I bought 50% of the business from Joe and the journey began. This year, I clocked up 25 years with the firm and 32 years as an accountant.
What are some of the major career points or milestones you've experienced?
I constantly think about the relationships that have been forged with many long term clients. Some of the early introductory meetings were with clients who are still with BHR Papalia, and I feel honoured that they chose to stay with us for a large proportion of their lives. To be a trusted adviser for people is a great privilege that is not taken for granted. I had a couple of families that chose to follow me from Albany, that are still with the firm today.
I have also had the opportunity of working with a lot of wonderful and very capable people over the years. It has been a great thrill to see young people at the beginning of their careers grow professionally and do some outstanding things.
What have you loved most about working with BHR?
I have met some outstanding and successful people during my time at BHR Papalia. Dennis Courtney was a great mentor for many years and taught me much about leadership and I have a lot to thank him for. Seeing people like Kellie and Lindzee become great at what they do is a great lesson for others, hard work and dedication to the cause will pay dividends forever.
What will you miss most?
I will miss watching the younger team members grow and achieve great things. I will miss working with outstanding clients, to be part of their financial lives.
What does the future hold?
In the immediate future, Cara and I will be working on our new house in Stratham. Even though the house is built, there is a lot of work to do putting the finishing touches on it, establishing the grounds, making the house a home and enjoying it.
I also have involvements in other businesses – Plus Fitness gym in Dalyellup, Joe’s Pizza in Withers and a regional trucking business. These are keeping me busy and it’s great to put things learned over a lifetime into practise.
Drag Racing is a passion of mine. Last year was my most successful yet, winning the State Modified Bike championship and being awarded Rider of the Year. I would like to do more travelling and maybe even chase an Australian title.
Cara and I plan to do some travelling in the caravan as we love life on the road! Lots to do!
Anything else you'd like to mention?
BHR Papalia is not the average accounting firm. I am proud of the three people running it, and the people who work in it. No doubt, it will be one of the best regional firms in Australia.
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