What makes Chris tick and how does that translate to running a business?

Chris Atkinson B Bus, CPA
He will be too busy to say, and definitely too modest, but Collins Hume Partner and CPA Christopher Atkinson recently completed his fifth 8-hour adventure race this year, on top of the well-known Tough Mudder!

What makes Chris tick when it comes to his own physical performance, and how might that translate to running a successful business?

"My interest evolved over many years, starting with hiking which led to 24-hour hiking, Kokoda challenges and ultimately the Kokoda Track," says Chris. "Then I found myself asking 'what's next' which is when I met a few like-minded locals and jumped into adventure racing."

Chris is relatively new to the sport. He only started training 12 months ago and this is his first season of competing.

"I had a good base physically and do plenty of rigorous preparation leading up to each event - kayaking, mountain biking and running regularly. My last three events have been 8-hour versions so endurance requires more training so I don't seize up on the day."

Back in the office, Chris' own prep and planning very much applies to how he approaches working with business owners. Read more…

Work life balance advocate Peter Fowler on life, loves and business

Peter Fowler MBA, CPA, B Acc, SSA, JP, SAFin
Work / life balance advocate and Collins Hume Partner Peter Fowler on life, loves and business

For local CPA Peter Fowler, it all started with having a father as a mathematics teacher who instilled his love of numbers. Peter is Northern Rivers through and through having grown up in Alstonville and established himself as a partner at Collins Hume in Ballina in 2005 at the age of 26.

But Peter does not stop at his flair for numbers. He has turned it into a successful career by positively impacting people's lives financially whilst enabling them to create wealth and have a better lifestyle, which really is where his true passion lies.

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This Ballina-pple's not fallen far from the tree, but brings a plethora of business experience
We can't remember the last time the ABS reported on Australia's brain drain, but Collins Hume is all the better for it!

Now studying to become a CPA after completing his Bachelor of Business at SCU, Jamie Doyle has taken the scenic route to where he is successfully ensconced today.

Jamie is the first to admit to his professional life started out as a self-proclaimed 'tax nerd'. Then the travel bug bit and he was off to the British Isles where he held various management roles for companies in Ireland and the UK.

When the green hills of home beckoned, Jamie returned to base in Ballina bringing his lovely experience with him and, after a stint as a business manager of a large and successful Northern Rivers law firm, he joined Collins Hume in 2011 (although had been good mates with the firm before becoming a colleague).

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