Daniel Piebenga – new Markhams Clarke Craw director

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    A proud family man, Daniel Piebenga with his children on holiday in Napier.

Newly appointed Director for Markhams Clarke Craw, Daniel Piebenga is excited and honoured to be fulfilling what has been an aspiration of his for the past five years.

Daniel has been with the firm since 2003 as a specialist in taxation and advisory services for small to medium businesses. He joined Barry O’Donnell, Gavin Craw, Dave Russell and Denise Gow as a director on 1 January this year.

When asked about his experience in his 10 years with the firm, Daniel says he has “grown into the role” and learnt to feel comfortable working alongside clients and offering advice. “I have had great mentoring from the directors; they always have their doors open for staff. I daresay that advice will continue, and I enjoy the opportunity to share my knowledge with my team.”

Daniel finds satisfaction in ensuring his clients make the right decisions when it comes to managing their money. “I work closely with businesses to ensure pricing structures and margins are right; that staff are paid appropriately but also that product pricing includes the right margins so businesses are not missing out on profit.

“It is important to meet the market but it’s critical to business success to make a profit.”

He believes that particular challenges facing small to medium businesses in the region are managing cash flow and attracting and retaining good staff. He also takes satisfaction from assisting businesses to gain bank funding and is responsible for helping out a number of successful companies in Dunedin.

Growing up in a family business environment, Daniel understands that to be successful you need flexibility and honesty in dealing with clients. He feels there is “always something new to learn” and looks forward to continuing his understanding of clients’ businesses.

A proud family man, Daniel hopes his children will learn from his example. He believes that hard work and perseverance have got him to where he is today; but tongue-in-cheek, he describes his job to his two young children, Riley and Alex as “counting beans”.

He believes that achieving work and life balance is important and commends Markhams Clarke Craw’s flexibility when it comes to family. He has been able to attend his children’s school events and sporting activities, which he has always appreciated.

Daniel grew up in the South Island and has resided in all its main centres over the years, including Invercargill and Queenstown. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce at Canterbury University, followed by a small stint at an accounting firm in Nelson, before making the move to Markhams Clarke Craw.

He says that moving to Dunedin with wife Lauren, was “the best decision my family ever made”.

Published Autumn 2013

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