When Taggart Business Advisors’ name was drawn from a line-up of 73 businesses bidding to be the major sponsor of Surfest’s 2016 Women’s Pro, those who knew the Taggart name and its connection with the surf agreed it was fate.
The Taggart family is somewhat unique in that it is one of only a handful of families who have, to date, provided four generations of members to Merewether Surf Club. Bill Taggart who was an immigrant from Belfast learned to swim and then became involved in the Club competing with some success during 1920/30″s. His son Alan, because of war conditions was able to gain his Surf Bronze Medallion at just 14 years of age, and became one of the Club’s outstanding surfers gaining a host of Club, Branch and Australian titles. Ross remains an active part of the Club and was a top surf swimmer in the 1970s and 1980s. Ross’s son Cameron, was also a Merewether Member and competed as a boat rower until he chose to travel and he now resides in Budapest.
But the link with surf extends further with Ross role as a previous Club President of Merewether SLSA and his work as a volunteer Board member of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service ‚Äì a service that grew from the Surf Movement in 1975.
While Ross’ connections with surf makes the Surfest partnership logical it is actually the broader view held by the Managing Director, his business associate Melanie Hamilton and the Taggart Business Advisor team that makes the link more valuable.
“We have always believed that this region is worth investing-in,” Melanie said. “The region is home to a diverse and innovative community that, when we work together, can succeed.”
“The crowd funding initiative by Surfest and the local team at the Commonwealth Bank is just one great example of this ‘can-do’ attitude. Business, sport and community should work together and as business people we learn far more from giving a little and getting involved with our community.”
Ross, Melanie and the team have for many years provided their time and skills to a number of other community and business organisations. Ross is the current President of the Hunter Business Chamber while Melanie is the founder and Vice President of genXwomen.
Taggart Business Advisors is an accounting, bookkeeping and taxation practice based in Hamilton with a passionate team of professionals who are well known for building long-term relationships with clients.
Ross Taggart said that Surfest was a tremendous showcase opportunity for the region.
“For the past 31 years the world’s best have come to our region’s beautiful beaches to compete in Surfest,” Ross said.
“We are incredibly humbled by the opportunity to be part of this world-class event held at our local beach. It is a great thing for sport, community and business.”.
Image| Colin Law (Comm Bank), Ross Taggart, Melanie Hamilton, Rosalie Taggart and Brett Derwin (CommBank)