Our people: Jamie Hall
We chat with Jamie Hall, a Deloitte Private Director, about his work in the Fast 50 programme. A graduate recruit to the firm 10 years ago, he’s seen his role evolve, becoming a familiar face for a number of growing businesses throughout New Zealand.
How have you got to where you are today in your career?
I joined the Auckland mid-market tax team as a graduate. Right from the start of my time at Deloitte, I got the opportunity to work with a lot of entrepreneurs and business owners. While tax was a really important issue for these businesses, the role also required having a lot of broader advisory conversations which I found interesting. This was particularly the case in relation to Fast 50 businesses.
Fast forward to now, I am part of the Deloitte Private team, which focuses on helping privately owned groups with all aspects of their business. This can involve being a sounding board, through to the nuts and bolts of their compliance needs and everything in between.
How do you find working as part of Deloitte Private?
It's great, I get to work with a range of clients, owners and managers, all doing different things. I really enjoy the diversity of work, and being able to partner with the businesses to help them grow and achieve their goals. I also work with a great team of people with varied skills who collaborate to help clients solve their problems.
What does a normal work day look like for you?
It’s varied! My day usually starts around 5am when my 2 year old son wakes up and then once I’m in the office, the schedule changes a lot. It can include sitting on clients' advisory boards, in meetings working through strategy, helping clients with the year-end compliance, advising on transactions and tax structuring, spending time with the team on training, and lots of other things.
What do you think is the secret to a successful business?
I think it starts with a plan, whether it's written or not. The best businesses have an idea of where they want to go and what it's going to take to get there, then they put in place people and processes to help them achieve it. It also helps that entrepreneurs and business owners are generally incredibly passionate about what they're doing. So while a successful business needs all sorts of ingredients, like having a great product or service, having a robust plan is key!
What are your thoughts on Deloitte Private’s Fast 50 programme?
The Deloitte Fast 50 does a fantastic job of celebrating growing New Zealand businesses. Through running the Fast 50, we get the opportunity to meet and work with so many of these companies and while they are all different, they are all powered by really hard-working teams - we think it’s important to recognise them! Personally, I got involved in the Fast 50 quite early on in my career and have been lucky enough to meet with a number of inspiring businesses that are growing at astronomical rates.
Coming up in November, we have the Fast 50 Festival of Growth, which is a day for business owners to get together and share insights and connections. I'm looking forward to hearing about the next big New Zealand growth story, but also to chatting about topical issues to clients and other entrepreneurs. The really great thing about the Festival of Growth is how much sharing of ideas goes on between business owners, who are always happy to help another entrant if they can. It’s definitely something that I'm excited to be a part of.
And lastly, how do you spend your weekends away from the office?
The weekends are all about family time for me. My wife and I have a young son, so we are usually heading to the park, the beach or some other outdoor activity. I also enjoy getting out for some cycling when the weather permits.
Jen Scouler works in the Deloitte clients & marketing team across digital content and social media. She also works closely with Deloitte Private.