Clayton Oates

 

Clayton Oates
Clayton Oates is recognised as a Thought Leader in the Accounting | Bookkeeping and Technology Industries in Australia and Internationally. He has been working in (and consulting to) the Accounting | Bookkeeping and Software Consulting industries in Australia for more than 25 years. After completing a Business (Accounting) degree at Monash University Melbourne he joined Price Waterhouse, working in the tax division for 5 years, then moving into industry as a retail Accountant followed by 9 years with Accounting firm WHK Rutherfords (now Crowe Horwath), based in Northern NSW.

In 1998 he co-founded QA Business (a specialist independent IT Consultancy practice) focussed on improving business systems, productivity and performance for Small Business Owners & Operators, Software Consultants, Bookkeepers and Accountants. Since its inception, QA Business has set up and managed thousands of business software systems throughout Australia, from sole-trader start-up businesses through to large corporations.
 
Clayton has been included in the Top 25 Thought Leaders In the Accounting Profession (2015 and 2016) by USA based CPA Practice Advisor, the first inclusion by an Aussie on this list.

Clayton has also developed systems that improve the End of Year and BAS processes for both the client and their Accountant. Taking a previously undocumented approach and systemising it for the benefit of Business operators / Bookkeepers and their Accountant.

Clayton has also undertaken various speaking engagements over the last 25 years, helping thousands further implement technology in their businesses to improve internal practices and enhance service levels. He is a passionate, experienced presenter, some of his speaking engagements include:
 
  • Top 25 Thought Leaders In Accounting / Technology Profession - Symposium 2015 and 2016 (Dallas TX)
  • USA Sleeter Group (SleeterCon) conference in Las Vegas 2013, 2014 and 2015
  • Key Note presenter at the National Business Road Show (32 locations across Australia)
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) NSW Division State Conferences
  • Presenter at QuickBooks (Reckon) Accredited Trainers (National & State) conferences (2002 - 2016)
  • Launch of Major QuickBooks (now called Reckon Accounts) software throughout Australia
  • Kochie's Business Builders Boot Camp - Sydney
  • Business Efficiency Blogger for NRBM
  • QA Business regional roadshows (100+ events throughout Australia)
  • QA Business Bookkeepers Bootcamp
  • Keynote Presenter at 10th Annual Reckon NZ Partner Conference 2013 (Queenstown)
  • American Institute of CPA's Executive Roundtable New York - April 2015
  • Sage Summit 2015 Global Conference in New Orleans
  • Reckon NZ Partner Conference (Auckland) - September 2015
  • Intuit QuickBooks - QBConnect Global Conference San Jose USA - November 2015
  • Institute of Public Accountants (IPA) National Congress - Gold Coast - November 2015  
  • Co-Author of Start With a Profit (Best practice tips for Entrepreneurs from Top Accounting Industry Leaders)
  • CPA Practice Advisor Thought Leaders Symposium (Dallas, TX - February 2016)
  • Keynote Presenter - Business Transformation Series hosted by Computer Merchants at Tesla (Sydney and Melbourne May 2016)

Podcast Appearances

Jamie Cunningham (Business Adviser / Speaker) interviews Clayton on What Small Business and their Advisors (Accountants, Bookkeepers & Consultants) should be asking before transitioning to The Cloud (Listen to Podcast).

Mike Michalowicz and the Grow My Accounting Practice Team (Episode #36) interview Clayton and explore the implications of technology on accounting and how you can embrace it to grow your accounting practice. In this day and age we are truly at a crossroads of accounting, bookkeeping, and technology. Clayton reminds Accountants and Bookkeepers that you are already a trusted advisor, but by embracing technology you can be a Difference Maker (Listen to Podcast).

Steve Major from Pricing Power (Episode #87) discovers Claytons insights on how to build a Technology Consulting Business and the opportunity that exists for Accountants, Bookkeepers & Consultants to lead their clients to the future with the use of Technology (Listen to Podcast).

Television Appearances
 
Clayton has also been a regular presenter on the MyBusiness TV show (Ch7) hosted by David Koch. ‘My Business’ Director, Nigel Miller, said “ We asked Clayton to be involved because he works with small business owners (Accountants and Bookkeepers) every day so understands the problems they face (adopting technology in their businesses).....“. 
 
Other Industry recognition includes being awarded Reckon Accredited Partner (AP) of the year for 2013/14, a peer award recognising his outstanding long term contribution the Accounting Software Industry in Australia, more details of this prestigious award can be found by clicking here

Clayton is also a Fellow of the IPA and AAT (Institute of Public Accountants and Association of Accounting Technicians). He believes that both Accountants and Bookkeepers share a common goal of “wanting to help their clients succeed in business (and ultimately in life) – and with both professions working together (and taking advantage of technology) this is a real possibility”.

Clayton has also been recognised as a Finalist in the "Thought Leader of the Year" category of the 2015 Australian Accounting Awards presented by Accountants Daily.

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