Kassie Thomas has been on a path of professional growth and development since first joining Diprose Miller nine years ago, and she’s just getting started.
2018 marks the biggest year yet for Kassie, achieving her Certificate of Public Practice and transitioning to Associate at Diprose Miller.
Kassie says with her certificate behind her, she looks forward to providing more strategic planning and advice to farming and small business clients. “Building relationships, building trust, and working with clients to grow their business together – it’s what I love most about the job.”
“The certificate gives clients the confidence that I meet the high standards set by the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ).”
Kassie says seeing clients succeed or helping them during the tough times is another highlight of the job. She believes the technology Diprose Miller has integrated into the firm is a massive part of this, with tools such as Xero, DairyBase, Figured, and Spotlight Reporting.
“We’re using advanced, cloud-based software that has so many benefits for clients,” Kassie says. “We can leverage the technology to provide visual graphs and benchmarking reports to help clients better understand their business. As an accountant it’s been great learning this technology and using it with clients.”
A passion for numbers
From an early age, Kassie knew she wanted to enter the world of accounting. “I was always a numbers person,” she says. “I was better with numbers than any other subject.”
After completing her high school years at Morrinsville College in 2008, Kassie started a part-time degree at Wintec, studying a Bachelor of Business majoring in accounting. Around the same time, she joined Diprose Miller as a junior client account manager.
For the next five years Kassie balanced study and work and says the real-world experience she gained working at Diprose Miller helped her immensely as a student.
“Working at Diprose Miller while studying gave me an understanding of how an accountancy firm runs and what happens in the real world. It was so hands-on and also gave me an insight into other aspects like marketing and building relationships.”
Kassie says that at the same time, being a student helped her grow in her job. “Studying helped me to become more confident. At Wintec we did lots of presentations and public speaking, so that helped my confidence and building relationships with clients and colleagues.”
Growing up in Morrinsville, Kassie enjoys the community connections that come with working at Diprose Miller.
“We’re very community focused, and you get to know a lot of people in the community. The local businesses in Morrinsville really support each other, and we get together regularly for networking events,” says Kassie.
“We have a great working environment at Diprose Miller. The Morrinsville team has grown from four to twenty-four while I have been here. It has been great getting to know everyone inside and outside out of the work environment.”
The team at Diprose Miller are certainly pleased Kassie has chosen to bring her skills and expertise to the firm and look forward to seeing what’s next. Congratulations from all your colleagues and friends, Kassie.