Agosthino Goliath

With 2019 in full swing, we continue to introduce you to the team that strives to provide those we serve with a service of excellence. Today we get to know the newest team member who joined the AMS family a month ago, Agosthino Goliath who takes up the reigns of Senior Accountant based at Head Office. Agosthino hails originally from the ‘ostrich capital of the world’, Oudtshoorn.  Here’s a look into Agosthino’s life …

Tell us about yourself: “I am originally from Oudtshoorn, and moved to study in Stellenbosch when I was 18. I met the love of my life – Elzaan while studying. We are engaged to be married (hopefully this year). I am trained as a Management Accountant and you may address me as Associate Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).”

Were you in any other trade before? “I have been a store greeter wearing a tophat, a store clerk at Musica and a leaflet spreader.”

Why did you choose to join the AMS family? “I want free flights in the heli J”

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be? “Learn Spanish, so that I can watch Narcos without subtitles.”

What do you do in your spare time? “I am part of a social group that get together every weekend to play Pokemon. Elzaan and I go to Bikini bookstore every chance we get to buy new books to read.”

What might someone be surprised to know about you? “I am ranked in the top 25 Pokemon players in South Africa. I love snowboarding and I can speak a little Japanese.”

What do you enjoy most about your job? “Finding solutions to problems that no one realised was a problem or couldn’t previously fix.”

What is on your bedside table? “Apart from the massive stack of books, a tablet to watch Netflix.”

If you could have dinner with five famous people from history, who would they be? “Stephen Hawking – to explain the secrets of the universe; Malcolm Gladwell – to unlock the potential in myself and change my world view; Elon Musk – to tell me where the world is heading; Robin Williams – to help me put a smile on people’s faces even when I am struggling, XXXTentacion – he was a tortured soul that tried to make the world a better place in his short lifetime.”

When your friends/family find out what you do, what do they say or ask? “Can I have a fly around please.”

What has been the happiest day of your life? “The day I passed my final Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) exam.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? “Professional Chef/Pokemon trainer.”

What is your greatest indulgence? “Biltong, drinking yoghurt in a bag and popcorn.”

What is the one thing, you can’t live without? “My Family and friends.”

What is the one quality you feel best describes you? “Empathy – you need to put yourself in another person’s shoes to understand them.”

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you? “Do not judge others, you don’t know what happened in their life.”

Do you have a life philosophy? “Don’t take things so seriously. YOLO”.

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