Slideshow Xero Recognizes Outstanding Partners at Xerocon 2016

  • August 24 2016, 10:52am EDT
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Russ Fujioka

Russ Fujioka, Xero's president of Americas, introduces award winners at Xerocon. The event was emceed by CPA and comedian Greg Kyte.

Industry specific app of the year: Shopify

This award recognizes app partners who have fulfilled the needs of a specific industry, while maintaining exemplary customer satisfaction and achieving commercial success. This year’s winner was Shopify. The Shopify platform is designed for users to build their retail business. The app’s integration with Xero provides an overview of a business’ cashflow.

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Emerging app partner of the year: Avalara

The winner had to show demonstrated commercial success and customer satisfaction through means including excellent customer care, design quality, functionality and technical innovation. The award went to Avalara. Avalara provides cloud-based tax and compliance systems. Its integration with Xero helps customers navigate different tax jurisdictions globally.

App partner of the year: Hubdoc

This award winner needed to provide a best-in-class customer experience for their users through stellar customer care, beautiful design, top build quality, thorough functionality and real technical innovation. Award winner Hubdoc provides users with a secure hub for all their sensitive documents, including online bills and bank statements. Hubdoc pulls the documents, and the key data is entered into Xero. Transactions are automatically matched with the bank feed in Xero. Hubdoc proved very popular with Xerocon attendees — its representatives received a large cheer when they accepted the award.

Xero evangelist 2016: Amanda Aguillard

The winner had to demonstrate expertise in Xero and the accounting and small business industries, while exemplifying Xero’s core values as a presenter and showing a willingness to go above and beyond. The award went to Amanda Aguillard of Aguillard Accounting. As a Xero speaker and writer, in addition to running her own practice, she has been helping onboard practitioners to Xero through webinars and in-person sessions.

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100% Xero award: LiveCA LLP

The 100% Xero award goes to an accounting practice that is 100 percent run on Xero all while using the ecosystem to deliver value to their customers. This year’s winner was LiveCA LLP. The firm is Canada’s first Xero platinum partner. With 100 percent of their clients on Xero, 100 percent of LiveCA LLP’s employees work virtually serving clients all across the country.

Emerging partner of the year: BNA CPAs and Advisors

Xero awards an accounting or bookkeeping partner in this category with the most potential to service their clients with increasing value-added services. The winner in this category shows a commitment to growing with Xero and servicing their clients in the best way possible. This year’s award went to Xero gold partner BNA CPAs and Advisors. With a team of over 20 professionals, the firm is led by a father-son duo. The practice uses Xero to provide their clients with proactive advisory services.

Bookkeeping partner of the year: Beyond Balanced Books

This category recognizes a bookkeeping partner who uses Xero to offer value-added services to their clients. Selecting from a competitive group of entrants, Xero took into account the nominees’ use of innovative client services to the delivery of better client results. Beyond Balanced Books took home this year’s award. The firm provides financial consulting for small businesses.

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Accounting partner of the year: Kahuna Accounting

This award is given in recognition of an accounting partner who has used Xero to deliver value-added services to clients. This year’s winner was Kahuna Accounting, a virtual accounting firm that serves entrepreneurs.

Xero MVP: Jay Kimelman

This award goes to an accounting partner who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession during 2015, impacting the working lives of their peers. This year’s honors for most valued professional went to Jay Kimelman of The Digital CPA. Kimelman was recognized for his championship of cloud accounting, and he was described as an outstanding advocate for cloud accounting practices everywhere.