Our Team

Brenda Ryan – Founder/Director

Registered BAS Agent, Accountant and Business Mentor assisting start-up and small business get up and running and financially fit.
As a degree qualified accountant, having worked in public accounting firms since 2002, she is certainly qualified, however Brenda definitely doesn’t fit the mould of the typical accountant.

She has experienced being in and out of her own businesses, eventually finding a niche to combine her loud and excitable personality with her accounting skills, expertise and know-how.

Brenda is passionate about helping small business owners to take control of their destiny, creating success and a legacy, so they can live the life they truely desire, without the hassles and worries about their finances.

The first step is always showing the business owner where they are currently, lifting the lid on the figures, so the right decisions can be made. Brenda knows many SME’s approach this with the fear of being scolded by their bookkeeper or accountant.

That’s why she promotes her services positively, and if anything, a little bit crazy and fun. Because she knows life in business can be a little crazy at times, and having a service provider who knows exactly what you are going through, being patient and kind, as well as qualified and professional, can make all the difference.

Zac Hayes – Director

Zac grew up in Rural NSW in the Southern Highlands and Berrigan Shire. He undertook and completed a Bachelor of Accounting at the University of South Australia in 2015. He then went on to complete a Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning) at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in 2016. Zac holds his public practice certificate and is a ATMA Member. Zac is our registered tax agent and for a time was once the youngest registered agent in Australia. He started his career in Cobram, VIC as a self-managed super fund audit specialist and tax compliance client manager.

Zac later formed his own successful accounting firm in rural NSW which he still runs today. Upon moving to Brisbane in 2021, Vibrant Business was lucky have Zac also join our firm to allow us to offer high level Tax & Business strategies to all of our clients.

If Zac isn’t busy helping clients, he is an avid traveller and hockey player. 

Eloise Friend – Administration/Bookkeeper

Certified Bookkeeper, who joined Vibrant Business in January 2020, ready to embark on the next chapter of her career.

Eloise has worked in the accounting industry for the past 10 years in a variety of administration roles. Working in this environment led to her love of numbers and prompted her to complete her Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. Prior to this, she completed her Diploma of Business Management & Event Management and worked as an administrator in the insurance and legal sectors.

In her down-time, Eloise loves spending time with her husband and family. Her interests cover a broad range from reading, to travel and dragon boat racing plus many others in between.

Theodore Schlechtriem – Administration Assistant

Theo joined us in December 2018 as part of a School Traineeship through the Business Success Group and completed his Certificate II in Business while studying Year 12.

GCESS are also part of our team and help Theo to build his confidence in the work environment and give him the support he needs to transition from High School to the work place.

Theo undertakes various administration tasks, social media and some bookkeeping duties 2-3 days per week. Now that he has completed Year 12 he is looking at his TAFE options and considering to further his Business Studies.

Theo has a passion for photography and has spent some of his hard earned dollars on a flash camera. Expect some wonderful new shots gracing our website soon! 🙂

Mitchell Laarhoven – Marketing Assistant

Mitch joined us in February 2021 and is currently an under-graduate marketing student in his final year at uni. He is a vital part of our newly launched Marketing division which currently offers social media packages and marketing planning.

A keen soccer player and umpire, Mitch juggles game time with another part-time job and the demands of uni! Mitch also loves to travel, however due to travel restrictions, he has no choice but to stay put.

Mitch is very keen to build his client base so that he has a full time job with us when he graduates. Contact Mitch to find out his Social Media Package special offers or book in a complimentary marketing call