Benjamin Connell, BCom, CA, JP
Ben started his career working for a large Sydney accounting practice where his hard work ethic and sharp mind saw him rise rapidly through the corporate ranks. Within 3 years he was heading up the business taxation service team until he moved across to head up the SMSF division.
“With my parents approaching retirement I became interested in helping people build up their own super – so that they can be stand on their own two feet, enjoy a comfortable and happy retirement and not depend on government hand-outs.”
“Technology is another passion – I love how it can save business owners time and money – freeing them up to focus on higher value stuff.”
Born in Maitland, Ben jumped at the chance to come home and become a partner at Emerge. He brings a dynamic can-do energy to the business and delights in helping business clients with advice that helps their business grow.
Ben also likes beach fishing along Stockton beach, taking time to wind down and chill.
Charles Gromek BCom, FCA
Before he went to work at Emerge, Charles spent 20 years working in businesses across many industries including transport, construction, mining and agriculture.
‘It gave me first hand experience in understanding the many challenges business owners face and the things that really matter when driving business profitability and growth.”
“I wanted to carry on using my business expertise and so when I joined Emerge I was delighted that we had a number of business clients – many of whom have now been with us for years.”
Charles brings on old-school style to Emerge from a bygone era in which a man’s word was all that counted. Combined with his business experience and accounting expertise, it is little wonder that he is a trusted advisor to many Newcastle and Lake Macquarie business owners.
He also likes playing jazz guitar and to step right out into an abstract world of musical creativity.
Ben and Charles are given excellent support by senior accountants Kerrie Berman, Nadene Knauer and Leanne Flynn, backed by a team of young, dynamic accountants and support staff.