1948 to 2018: Celebrating 70 years
From humble beginnings in 1948, our firm is proud to be celebrating 70 years of serving the Toowoomba, Darling Downs and surrounding communities. Please join us as we take a look back in time, remember years passed and highlight the journey we have made across the decades. Read stories from past and present staff and join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn as we unveil our favourite photos and memories. Do you have stories or memorabilia to share? Please get in touch, we would love to include them as part of our birthday celebrations.
When Tax Specialist, Matt Chardon opens up about life’s twists and turns, the storyline reads something like the life of Ted Mosby, the lead character of the comedy sitcom, How I Met Your Mother. Except for the obvious fact that Matt is not an architect, he does not have friends called Lily, Marshall and Barney, and he does not hang out at MacLaren’s Pub in New York City. It is the part about how he met his now wife and mother of his two children, where the similarities come into play.
At McConachie Stedman, we are lucky to have an expert on hand who is highly skilled in IT chaos management. In fact, when you get her talking about gadgets and software her eyes light up with excitement and you find yourself reeled in to a foreign land of tech abbreviations like, CPU, BYOD, and SaaS. To some team members, she is known as the computer whisperer; however, Melissa’s official role with the firm is ICT Manager.
Raised in the quiet, idyllic town of Boonah in Queensland’s Scenic Rim region, Firm Director, Steve Kirkman thought he wanted to be a Draftsman when he left school. After graduating, he moved to the hustle and bustle of the city and entered a cadetship. However, in what seems like a classic case of itchy feet, over the next five or so years Steve’s career took a number of twists and turns.
When it comes to running a successful business, making sure the wheels turn in a collaborative and coordinated way is crucial. It requires effort, communication and commitment, and often there is one steadfast hand that works tirelessly behind-the-scenes, gently guiding the process. At McConachie Stedman, that person is Practice Manager, Karen Gramenz.
When it comes to knowing what you want in life and where you are heading, it takes a person with vision, tenacity and a profound sense of self to see through the bumpy ride from start to finish. Firm Director, Amanda Roberts is one of those confident and driven women who from an early age knew where she wanted life to take her.
Turning back the clock three decades to 1988, it was a time of acid wash jeans, cassette tapes and Pac-Man. In the same year, graduate accountant, Scott Cutmore was pounding the pavement to land his first professional role. Following an extensive and formal interview at a competing firm, he arrived on the steps of 21 Duggan Street to meet with McConachie Stedman Partner, Mick Cumner.