Client Support

Client Support

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Karina Smith

Client Support Manager

Karina joined David O’Brien and Associates in 2016 as our Client Support Manager after making the move north from Sydney with her family. Karina is highly motivated and has over 12 years’ experience in Office Administration, Customer Service and management of small business teams.

In the initial meetings with clients it is this experience that shines. Inviting clients in the first meeting to address the questions of ‘what do you need?’ and ‘how can we help to make that happen?’, the attention that is given to the initial planning process ensures that we get the strategy and ‘working plan’ right from the start so we can ensure we meet our client’s goals.  From the outset, we endeavor to make life easier.

As a fully certified Xero advisor (including payroll certified) Karina can install, set up, train, manage and support clients who need assistance with the accounting software revolution that these days is led by Xero. Making the software work for them is the focus – to show them that with good support…life is easier.

Whether it be simply tweaking the businesses data file for better internal management reporting, creating a brand-new data file to ensure we ‘get the paperwork right from the beginning’, helping to understand the benefits of cloud computing or just wanting to get the most out of the software, the job is to ensure we don’t lose sight of what we want to achieve.

Karina really enjoys a challenge. The goal is to consistently build strong relationships with her clients by listening and asking correct questions to identify their needs and following everything through until the end so a desired outcome is achieved. Client satisfaction provides Karina with a feeling of accomplishment.

When we assessed the client’s need for this position, we felt from a business perspective we had things covered in relation to their accounting and financial needs. The next step was to ensure we had someone in the firm that could meet our clients on-going in-house management needs that also need to be met – thankfully, this is where Karina steps in. – David O’Brien

Samantha Mackay

Client Services Manager

Samantha joined David O’Brien and Associates in February 2019 and with a background in Quality Assurance and Administration she definitely fits into this position effortlessly. As the Client Services Manager, Samantha provides the ‘first point of contact’ experience to a well-rounded team that caters for our client’s ongoing needs. Her role is to simply have your day-to-day questions answered when you need them to be. From making initial appointments, coordinating the tax return process, ensuring timely lodgement and assessment or help resolve outstanding matters with the Australian Taxation Office, her commitment to the role ensures the process is a smooth one.

Samantha has completed her Certificate III in Business Administration, this along with her attention to detail and friendly approach ensures she is well equipped to assist our clients with their requests.

The priority is to ensure that there is a clear continual understanding from our client’s perspective of our ongoing commitment to them, not only at ‘tax time’, but throughout the financial year. Through the ongoing newsletters, email correspondence and telephone support, Samantha ensures that clients are simply kept in the loop when needed… which also means our clients are making educated decisions.

Monique O’Brien

Business Communications Manager

Monique transitioned to the role of Business Communications Manager in January, 2020 to maintain the helpful, communicative relationship with clients that David O’Brien and Associates endeavors to provide. She is responsible for ensuring our clients are receiving the latest developments in the tax and accounting world via our newsletters, emails, website and social media pages.

Monique provides our valuable clients with direct informative communication including specific key dates, legislative changes that may affect both personal and business tax affairs and helpful articles to make our client’s financial matters a stress-free experience. From our ears to yours, we will ensure you are kept up to date and prepared during the financial year as well as at year end.

As the Business Communications Manager, Monique ensures our clients are able to make informed, educated decisions about their financial matters with the support of quality accounting and business resources.

Front end support email

At David O’Brien and Associates we want to be your first contact with any issues surrounding your financial obligations, ongoing queries or taxation compliance and as such you can contact our office either on the phone, in person or via email at This particular email address is the consistent first point of contact to assist you with the majority of your administration enquiries or to book appointments for you either at our Speers Point office or outside the office for those clients which we meet in Sydney.