At a five-star gala dinner held in Sydney on 30 October, around 350 people watched 103 finalists eagerly awaiting the announcements of the winners of the 23 awards, with practitioners and firms from across the entire accounting profession recognised.
Amanda Kenafake of Power Tynan was awarded both the AccountantsDaily Excellence Award and Executive of the Year, setting the trend for shock and jubilation among the award winners.
"I'm just in shock – you can probably tell by how much I'm shaking right now," she exclaimed.
Chris Hooper, CEO of Accodex Partners, recipients of the Innovator of the Year Award, spoke of his delight to be openly recognised within the industry.
"When Accodex was announced as the winner I almost spat out my drink," Mr Hooper stated, while noting what the concept of innovation means within the current state of the industry.
"The industry is currently in a state of disruption," he said.
"Innovation is not an invention, it is a lot of small improvements stacked on top of each other. If you want your firm to be more innovative, stop sitting under a tree waiting for an apple to land," he added.
2015 Australian Accounting Awards winners:
Innovator of the Year - Accodex Partners
Rising Star of the Year - Jason Andrew - SmartBooks Online
Graduate Program of the Year - Pitcher Partners
Accounting Student of the Year - Danielle Williams - Bentleys Newcastle Pty Ltd
Bookkeeper of the Year - Sarah Bishop - EMB Solutions Pty Ltd
Bookkeeping Firm of the Year - Digit Books
AccountantsDaily Editor's Choice Award - Greg Hayes - Hayes Knight
Young Accountant of the Year (under 30) - James Sheehan - Tester Porter Services
Professional Development Program of the Year - RSM
New Partner of the Year - Andy Rosenberg - Elias, Rosenberg Pty Ltd
New Firm of the Year - Sovereign Private
Partner of the Year (less than $1bn in revenue) - Shannon Smit - SMART Business Solutions
Partner of the Year (Boutique Firm) - Alexander Laureti - LMS Advisory Pty Ltd
Office Administrator of the Year - Lauren Guymer - Power Tynan
Executive of the Year - Amanda Kenafake - Power Tynan
Thought Leader of the Year - Alexis Kokkinos - Pitcher Partners
Diversified Firm of the Year - Perks Integrated Business Services
Fast-Growing Firm of the Year - Prosperity Advisers Group
Best Marketing - Verve Group
Boutique Firm of the Year - WMS Chartered Accountants
Firm of the Year (less than $1bn in revenue) - Pitcher Partners
Firm of the Year (more than $1bn in revenue) - PwC
AccountantsDaily Excellence Award - Amanda Kenafake - Power Tynan
The Australian Accounting Awards, produced by AccountantsDaily, in conjunction with principal partner Reckon, is the only national awards program to recognise excellence across the entire accounting industry.