Rob graduated from Kwantlen University College with his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. He started his career with a public practice accounting firm and received his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 2008. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC) and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada). As a CPA, Rob is required to uphold a Code of Conduct, as defined by these organizations, and maintains strong ethical values in his work.
After deciding he needed a change of scenery in 2011, Rob left public practice to focus his skills on business growth and accounting in a different setting. In public practice Rob worked on projects of all sizes within a fast paced, deadline driven environment; this allowed a smooth transition to the environment at SGDI.
During his almost 7 years in public practice Rob got used to working with many clients all of whom generally needed the services provided for compliance reasons. He was an accountant doing the job that any accountant should do. At SGDI, Rob loves being a part of a business which people choose to work with, not out of necessity, but out of excitement and enthusiasm for a great outcome. Rob puts it very well:
“As a public accountant, I didn’t do anything that anyone really cared that much about. Clients came to us because they needed something done- taxes, corporate year-ends, financial statements, whatever. Nobody is ever excited to go see their accountant. At SGDI, people come to us because they want to work with us. Nobody is forcing or requiring clients to work with us and our clients enjoy the entire process. Our end product is a home that our clients love……. not pieces of paper with numbers on it that are irrelevant in 2 months. I love what I do now! Doing something that people actually appreciate and that has lasting effect is awesome!”
Rob brings excellent customer service, strength with numbers, as well as attention to detail for budgeting and project oversight to SGDI. In addition to spearheading company strategy, development, and sales, Rob of course handles all areas of accounting for the company.
“The biggest mistake is viewing design as something you do at the end of the process
to ‘tidy up’ the mess, as opposed to understanding it’s a ‘day one’ issue and part of everything” – Tom Peterson