First Class Accounts Welcomes Founder Back into the Fold


Australia’s largest financial support services franchise, First Class Accounts, will support growth efforts in 2013 by welcoming founder Joe Piovesan back into the business as its new CEO.

Mr Piovesan founded First Class Accounts in 2000 and built it into the most successful Australian bookkeeping franchise organisation.

During his 35 year career Mr Piovesan has been at the helm of a number of businesses spanning industries including retail, manufacturing, financial services, wholesaling and distribution.

First Class Accounts Executive Chairman, Clive Barrett, said Mr Piovesan’s knowledge and experience would add exceptional value to the business.

“Joe has maintained his enormous passion for the First Class Accounts brand,” he said.

“The unparalleled support to our franchisees and level of camaraderie that exists in our network is a result of the culture Joe instilled from the company’s inception.

“We see him as vital in helping us achieve our growth goals for the business this year. Joe really understands the ‘nuts and bolts’ of this business and his experience will prove invaluable when executing strategic and operational decisions.”

Mr Piovesan said he was excited to be returning to the business that he started 13 years ago.

“I am delighted to be making a return to First Class accounts after almost six years away from the business,” he said.

“First Class Accounts has continued to flourish in the time I’ve been away, achieving above industry average growth of 22 per cent last year alone and taking on 45 new franchises in the past 18 months.

“I look forward to furthering the great relationships we already have with our clients and franchisees in order to achieve our business goals for the year ahead.”

Mr Piovesan successfully completed a Financial Management course at the University of New England and has a diploma of Company Directorship from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a Company Director for over 20 years as well as a long term member of the Franchise Council of Australia.