Sue celebrates 20 years with OBT Financial Group
From working with an accounting firm in one of Brisbane’s iconic high-rises to celebrating 20 years as an accountant with OBT, Sue’s career is certainly varied.
OBT’s Client Manager Sue Dobinson had lived up and down the east coast of Australia before making her home in the Lockyer Valley in 1991. Prior to settling in the area, Sue built an impressive resume working as an accountant in small, regional and international accounting firms, in heavy industry, and even as a business owner in the hospitality industry!
Travelling from place to place throughout life not only fostered Sue’s love of globetrotting but helped her adapt to changing situations and think outside the square. Part of her remit is coming up with ideas, implementing new systems, conducting final tax reviews, advising clients and having a helicopter view of their position to be able to contribute and facilitate suggestions to improve clients’ bottom lines.
“I try to keep a level head and not get too flustered managing processes, priorities or people,” says Sue.
OBT is a great place to work, from the clients and staff interaction to the variety of things we deal with, helping people and solving problems is what we love.”
These days, Sue particularly specialises in assisting property investors and property developers, especially for GST, but over her 20 years she has seen huge changes in the tax and accounting industry with legislation constantly evolving but in particular, the immense reliance on cutting edge technology which OBT has integrated into its business.
Outside of work, flipping houses is what Sue loves to do with her husband Myles, which gives her an opportunity to be involved in property from another angle. If you’ve seen any of their properties for sale, you’ll see the couple have a flair for fresh designs with a great eye for styling and staging.
“Renovating houses is hugely satisfying. To take a house that is old and dated and turn it into something fresh and beautiful again – a new lease of life – is such a good feeling. Meeting the design challenges, compromising and making changes on the fly are all worth it when you see the end result we create.”
For now, though, it doesn’t go unnoticed that Sue is celebrating her anniversary during a time of business upheaval and social distancing thanks to the coronavirus.
Even OBT’s lavish morning tea spread was floated for Sue when the team was working remotely.
“It’s all hands on deck to look after all our clients in any way we can to make sure they are resilient and ready to relaunch into the post-coronavirus world, in whatever shape that may take,” says Sue.
“Credit to Rodney and Brett for having the vision and a business model that fosters longevity in a profession that has seen a lot of change over the years, and for steering a business that has evolved with the capability to not only adapt to new goals but flex and expand along the way,” Sue added.