Meet our partnership team – Donna, Kim and Mari. They’re here to help you help farmers, so your clients get maximum value out of Cashmanager RURAL.
Donna Godden has been with Cashmanager RURAL for more than five years and recently stepped into a new and evolving role as Professional Partner Support. She’s responsible for looking at our product from an accountant, banker or consultant point of view, as well as providing technical support. Donna is the first point of contact for any queries you might have, and is also working on putting together educational content that is relevant to our valued partners.
With a strong background working in accountancy practices, Donna brings her extensive knowledge of the industry to the role, coupled with growing up and living on sheep, beef, deer and dairy farms almost all her life, she can also relate to issues faced by the primary industries.
Having started out in the customer advisory team, Donna has excellent knowledge of the Cashmanager RURAL product and believes in the difference it can make to farming businesses.
“My motivation is that I think it’s an awesome product for farmers and, along with support from us, anybody can use it. I started out in the support side and I loved the day to day contact with farmers, they’re such down to earth people, and our product really helps meet their business needs,” she says.
“I’ve always had a tendency towards working with accountants and my new role excites me. At the end of the day, this programme is for the farmers. I’ll do my best to make it work and help them, as rural professionals, but really it’s all about the farmers.”
Based in Christchurch, Kim Hughes is the Partnership Manager covering the South Island. Originally hailing from England, Kim has been in New Zealand for 15 years.
Her role involves working with accountants and strategic partners to deliver Cashmanager RURAL to the farming community. Kim’s background is predominantly in IT channel management, in business software and start-ups, mainly in the UK and England. She enjoyed coming on board with Cashmanager and helping develop and implement our channel strategy.
Kim is motivated to help our strategic partners grow their businesses and, in turn, help farmers succeed in theirs.
“It’s about accountants, banks and strategic partners helping farmers to become more financially literate, to help them plan and execute, have vision in their business and drive it forward. I enjoy the business aspect of it and working with the channel, helping people take control of their business and succeed,” Kim says.
“I assist the rural professionals to grow their business and deliver a product that can help farmers.”
Growing up on a dairy farm in the Waikato instilled a love for the land for North Island Partnership Manager, Mari Gommans.
Mari is based in our Masterton office and has been with Cashmanager RURAL in temporary or part-time roles since 2000, full-time since 2005 – so her product knowledge is vast! She previously worked in the tourism and insurance industries before taking a break to have a family and then starting with CRS Software.
For Mari, her role is about helping people to help others. “Helping farmers to grow their business with the tools in Cashmanager. It’s important that the accountants and partners we work with understand how they can add value for the farmers by using Cashmanager RURAL.
“It’s being part of a network, my role is to know the accountants who are proactive and have good knowledge of Cashmanager. We want to add value and help the accountants to grow their business as well – they grow their business if they provide good service, that’s the way I see it.”
Mari is excited about rolling out the new Accredited Partner programme. “We can see if there are gaps (in knowledge) and work out how to help them.”
The people she meets are the most rewarding aspect of the job for Mari. “I meet with people at all levels of farming, accounting and consulting, with various hats. It’s about linking Cashmanager RURAL with them, but also helping people to help people.”
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