Executive Assistant to Gavin Bacon | Business Broker

Charl is a dynamic Executive Assistant to the CEO at PATC Group of Accountants and a proficient Business Broker at PATC Brokers, boasting over a decade of expertise in business administration with a specialization in management. He brings a wealth of knowledge and skills, enhanced by various certifications in executive support and business brokerage. Initially drawn to law, his fascination with organizational dynamics and business strategy redirected his career towards accounting, business management and business brokering.

His approach is characterized by exceptional communication, adept time management, and robust problem-solving abilities—skills essential for effective liaison with stakeholders and navigating the complexities of executive and brokerage roles. In his leisure, Charl enjoys delving into biographies, true crime, and business books, hiking, and practicing calisthenics, activities that foster his physical and mental well-being.

Essential to his daily life are his supportive family, a well-organized planner, and reliable internet access, all of which anchor his professional and personal pursuits. He is profoundly grateful for his family’s support, the opportunities his career provides, and maintaining good health. People often first notice Charl’s professional demeanour and composure, qualities that epitomize his role’s demands. He can be best described in three words: diligent, resourceful, and approachable.

1. What is your position at PATC?
Executive Assistant to Gavin Bacon | Business Broker
2. What are your qualifications?

I have over ten years of experience in Business Administration, specialising in Management. I have also completed various certifications in executive support and business brokerage to enhance my professional skills and industry knowledge.

3. What led you to this career path?

My interest in organisational dynamics and my skill in facilitating smooth operations led me to become an Executive Assistant. The complexity and strategic aspects of business transactions sparked my interest in becoming a Business Broker. This dual role allows me to leverage my strengths in administration, negotiation, and strategic planning.

4. What are the top 3 skills that you rely on the most to be successful in your career?
  • Communication: Effective in both written and verbal exchanges, crucial for liaising between the CEO and other stakeholders.
  • Time Management: Essential for juggling multiple tasks efficiently in a fast-paced environment.
  • Problem Solving: Key to navigating the challenges in executive management and business transactions.
5. What did you dream of becoming when you were a child?
I wanted to become an advocate for the CCMA – Labour Law. I studied law for three years, and discovered I prefer the Accounting and Business Industry.
6. How do you typically spend your leisure time?
I enjoy reading, particularly biographies, true-crime and business-oriented books, hiking in nature to disconnect and recharge, and practicing calisthenics to maintain balance and focus.
7.What are three things you cannot live without?
  • My family, who are my support and joy
  • My planner, which keeps me organised and prepared
  • A good internet connection, essential for all aspects of my work and personal life.
8. What are you most thankful for in life?
I am most thankful for a supportive family, the opportunity to have a career that challenges and fulfils me, and good health that allows me to pursue my ambitions and hobbies.
9. What do you think is the first thing people notice about you?
People often first notice my professional demeanour and ability to stay composed under pressure, qualities that reflect my role and responsibilities.
10. How would you sum yourself up in three words?
  • Diligent
  • Resourceful
  • Approachable