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Our Team - Rose Partners

Michael Sojka

Managing Partner

Michael is a fellow of CPA Australia, first admitted in 1978 and became a partner of Rose Partners in 1982. He has provided Accounting, Taxation and Business Management Services to a wide range of businesses from industry to retail. From a broad and detailed knowledge base of accounting and business development, Michael has nurtured a particular interest in the Health care sector. Rose Health, a division of Rose partners is comprised of a dedicated team of experts consulting to pharmacists, doctors, dentists, and other allied health care specialists.

Michael has a wealth of current knowledge of the accounting industry but he also has a treasure chest of experience that he is passionate about sharing with his clients.

As the Managing Partner Michael is responsible for the delivery of "best practice" to clients. Michael believes that a good team is the engine of any business. Members of the Rose Partners' team are chosen on both their actual skill set and their potential to grow and be a part of a vibrant, passionate organisation. To this end Rose Partners has a strong philosophy with regard to mentoring and nurturing both our team members and our clients. We strive to assist our clients to achieve their dreams and control their destiny in ways that are manageable.

With impeccable knowledge of the traditional aspects of accounting and business management Michael also has expertise in actively listening to his clients. His ability to listen carefully is then matched with the exceptional skill of being able to "think outside the square". Drawing on an extended network of experts, impeccable relationships with the banks and his own experience means that Michael is able to provide a carefully considered range of solutions or options to his clients.

"Some men dream of worthy accomplishments, while others stay awake and do them!" This has been Michael's creed since he began his career.


Glen Orfanidis

Partner

Glen first joined Rose Partners in 2002 and became a Partner in 2006. Glen believes that the success of Rose Partners is founded on its enduring client relationships. Glen insists that for clients to succeed financially, they need a trusted advisor who can provide a full suite of Business Advisory Services.

Glen acts as an external advisor and sits on many of his clients’ boards which include several non for profit organisations. Glen specialises in most areas of tax compliance, corporate advisory, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, litigation support and estate planning.

Having an interest and expertise in both the property and construction industries, Glen has been instrumental in forming several direct property syndicates for his high net wealth clients.

When not servicing his clients Glen can be found enjoying a round of golf or spending time with his wife and three children.


Benjamin Simon

Partner

Ben believes having a very good understanding of what a client needs to maximise their outcomes is the most important component to being able to assist them beyond just transactional needs. Ben works hard to develop relationships that generate this understanding. As a testimony to this way of working Ben has been asked to sit on several clients’ advisory boards.

Ben's experience and knowledge allows him to advise clients in regard to Business Advisory, Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Valuations, Tax and structuring, and Large business transactions. Ben's experience crosses most industries but especially Health care and Retail Pharmacy, though he also works with Professional services; Construction; Manufacturing; and many high net wealth individuals.


Cynthia Chiu

Associate Director

Cynthia started at Rose Partners in September 2009 and has worked hard to maximise client satisfaction with Rose Partners. Prior to joining Rose Partners Cynthia worked in one of the major Australian banks where the she learned a broad range of accounting and financial skills. Her clients are involved in various industries including medical, manufacturing, services, hairdressing, property development, security, retail, engineering, building, mining, politics, and start-ups.

Besides English Cynthia is also fluent in Malay, Hakka, and Mandarin. Cynthia has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) with Distinction, a Masters in Applied Finance, is a CPA; is certified in Xero and Quickbooks Online and when not working loves traveling, swimming, and walking her Miniature Schnauzer, Frodo.


Renee Askew

Associate Director

Renee joined Rose Partners in 2010 after previously working in smaller boutique firms. Renee has expertise in consulting and supporting computerized accounting systems. She loves working with business owners and individuals in helping them to achieve their business and personal goals and determine outcomes that best suit their needs. Renee has expertise in comprehensive Business Services including, Tax, Audit and Superannuation. Her client portfolio is across a vast range of industries, from Medical to Pharmacies as well as Legal and the Construction Industries.

Renee attended Monash University and completed a Bachelor of Business and Commerce, majoring in Accounting; she is an Associate Membership with CPA Australia, and is Xero certified.

In her own time she loves to keep fit and exercise as well as spending time dining out with her husband and friends at popular Melbourne restaurants.


Gavin Milner

Associate Director

Gavin started at Rose Partners in October 2016 and has worked hard to maximise client satisfaction with Rose Partners. Prior to joining Rose Partners Gavin worked at GMK and Deloittes. Gavin was born in South Africa, and immigrated to Australia in 1992, where he completed his high school education going on the study a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and Business Banking and finance. Gavin has a Masters in Taxation from University of Melbourne. His clients are involved in various industries including medical, manufacturing, services, hairdressing, property development, security, retail, engineering, building, mining, politics, and start-ups. Gavin is a CA. He is extremely involved with his children and basketball.


Vivienne Golabek

Practice Manager

Vivienne joined Rose Partners as Practice Manager in May 2014.

Vivienne is responsible for the day to day operational management of the practice on behalf of the Partners, as well as organising client events and making sure our team is up to date with the latest training events. She is responsible for nurturing the team as a whole and being a support for the partners and the team.

When not at work, she likes to relax with friends and family, go walking with her dog and travelling.


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