Viresh ChanaFounding Partner
“My vision is simple: Dominate every sector we choose to serve with the highest level of integrity and creativity.”
Viresh founded Connor Consulting with the goal of developing a strong brand that is trusted by our customers, a place where the team is a family, and an organization that competitors fear. Viresh has been serving clients in the contract compliance space for over 15 years, having started his career with EY before starting Connor Consulting. With a habit of consistently challenging the status quo, Viresh also founded Ruvixx – a platform that is reimagining the way IP centric organizations collaborate, manage and share data, derive insights and actionable analytics, and apply machine learning and AI. He is motivated to succeed by helping honest businesses thrive.
“Current affairs, politics, travel, cycling and spending time family and friends—the more the merrier.”
“We are building a business with the vision that we deliver a better quality service and experience to our clients. It’s a vision we truly believe in.”
Simon’s career in license compliance services has spanned a variety of companies and geographies; his experience is truly unique in the compliance industry. Today, as a partner of Connor Australia, he brings to his work a well-honed ability to understand the complexities of compliance programs and advise programs of all maturity on the challenges faced to drive successful outcomes.
“I’m a keen motorsport enthusiast, and my kids are fast becoming fans as well. I see a potential hobby in motorsport, although I’m not sure that I should be the one driving...”
“What motivates me is knowing that I am bringing value to the people I work with: colleagues, clients and licensees.”
Adriana has provided auditing and advisory services for Connor’s clients around the world. She feels she embodies Connor’s values by bringing a passion for outcomes to her work, as well as a desire to provide relevant, highly customized client services.
“I like to travel, explore new experiences, try out tasty foods, be healthy and do my small part to ensure a future for our planet.”
“We build relationships with our clients. We don’t just work for them; we’re invested in their success.”
Sharon brings significant accounting and operations experience to Connor, where working with smart people keeps her challenged every day. She feels the collective experience of the people at Connor is what makes the company different: More than just another consulting company, she believes Connor adds value by genuinely caring about our clients and the outcome.
“Seeing and experiencing the world and all the diversity it has to offer. Also, food around the world and dinner parties at home.”
“At Connor, we share experience, values and objectives. Not many accounting firms can say their teams have worked together for so many years.”
Leang has worked in audio, lighting and mapping technology within the consumer electronics, semiconductor and software application space and brings a background in forensics and due diligence accounting to the Connor team. Her favorite part about working at Connor is the people: She believes her colleagues work well together because of mutual respect and shared values.
“Being in the company of good people, food and drinks! Warm weather would be icing on the cake.”
Sharon HuangSenior Manager
“It’s gratifying to be able to meet my own goals while helping my clients to achieve theirs.”
Sharon has more than a decade of experience leading license compliance reviews in China and Taiwan. She thrives at Connor because of a non-hierarchical environment that enables the team to freely exchange ideas and opinions and nurtures independent thinking. She’s proud to work at a firm where people have a reputation for “knowing their stuff.
“I work hard and play hard. No matter how tough a project is, it’s important to find time to have a laugh, spend time with family and hang out with my cats.”
David GettelmanSenior Manager
“At Connor, we are lucky. We have a wonderful group of people, innovative clients and challenging work.”
David enjoys all aspects of his work, but finds particular satisfaction in the closeout of audits. He relishes the responses of the clients and licensees to his team’s hard work, particularly when it addresses their professionalism and acumen in helping resolve issues. He is especially pleased when he feels he has helped to foster positive relationships between licensors and their licensees.
“I love to play sports (primarily golf and ice hockey), take long road trips along the California Coast, and spend time with my family and dog, Muffin.”
“It means a lot to me to make an impact. Connor allows me to take every opportunity to be creative and innovative in my approach.”
Lee is currently on his way to becoming a Chartered Tax Advisor, and although it is unrelated to his work at Connor, he is committed to broadening his horizons. It’s this drive for diverse skills that Lee believes makes the company special. In his view, the combination of the right experience and abilities on a team creates synergies that deliver the most efficient and effective client service.
“Learning and development. I believe it is important to continuously challenge myself and recognize room for improvement.”
“Connor provides a more personalized experience. Most of our clients have met everyone on our team and interact with us frequently.”
Amanda is challenged every day by the diversity of projects at Connor. She brings her exceptional professional skepticism to constantly challenge status quo and to aim for perfection in everything Connor does. Her experience on the licensor side adds a fresh perspective to the team. She enjoys building close relationships with clients based on mutual understanding and trust.
"Travel and experiencing new things. If I don’t have a trip planned somewhere, I probably have one in the works."
“At Connor, we are like a big family. We travel together, work together, and of course, laugh together.”
Vicky’s background is in real estate strategy and analysis, which enables her to bring a different perspective in data analytics to Connor’s work. She feels Connor's difference lies in its specialism in both compliance and people. She relishes and excels in opportunities to build relationships with teammates, clients and licensees, which is instrumental in Connor’s growth.
"Learning from the different types of people I see and interact with every day."
“I learn from every experience and challenge I have at Connor. Continuous improvement is vital to our work here.”
At Connor, Chang is motivated by the firm’s collective drive to improve on the ever changing challenges that each project presents. He leverages his trustworthy and dependable approach, along with deep cultural understanding, to ensure every project he is involved in benefits from his best efforts and expertise. He feels Connor’s difference lies in how much everyone care and respect each other; it makes every work experience a fun one.
“Sustainable living. My family has a small vegetable garden and we raise chickens.”
“At Connor, we have a deeper and more specialized view of the industry. We all strive to be experts here.”
Chris enjoys working for a company he says feels like a family. Not only do people care about her needs and help him when she’s facing challenging work, but they also build on each other’s energy and share great ideas. Chris works hard to pass that feeling onto clients and licensees by working with them to address issues and overcome problems.
“These days, I like to spend my free time playing with my daughter. Bringing happiness to my family makes me happy.”
“We are always looking to improve ourselves and our products, which brings to me a great sense of job satisfaction.”
Tat brings a strong technical IT background to his consulting and advisory experience. His background in software engineering affords him not just software development skills, but also knowledge in physics, risk management, project management, and solutions architecture.
“Automation! I’m a firm believer that if a computer can be programmed to do it, then there’s no need to waste our efforts.”
“Getting to know colleagues and clients and their different backgrounds and cultures has been enormously fulfilling for me."
Yuko is a project manager with extensive experience implementing enterprise web and mobile software solutions. With her experiences, she brings to Connor an unrivalled data analytics capability. Like many Connor employees, Yuko appreciates the work-life balance the company offers, which gives her the flexibility she requires to perform effectively at home and at work.
“Family and play time. They bring me happiness.”
“Connor encourages all of its employees to excel and be the best that we can. Our prospective clients should be assured that the overall quality and standard of our work is upheld across our teams.”
Dean relishes his work at Connor because it’s both highly specialized and team-centric. He brings years of experience in risk management, contract compliance, and project management to his work. Coupled with his results-oriented, self-motivated attitude, these skills enable him to be an integral part of Connor’s unparalleled client service.
“Family. Growing up as a second generation Asian-American, I was always emphasized the importance of family and its values.”
Christine KimSenior Associate
“Having satisfied clients is the best feeling. Receiving acknowledgement of my hard work pushes me to want to do more.”
Christine joined Connor as a senior associate after years working at a Big 4 accounting firm. She prefers working at Connor, where she says there’s significantly less hierarchy and structure, because she feels empowered to put her good ideas into practice.
“I am passionate about health and nutrition, and I love to hike and enjoy nature. I am in constant pursuit of a well-balanced life.”
Stephen LeeSenior Associate
“Connor doesn’t just believe in excelling professionally. It believes in in excelling personally by giving back to the community.”
During his time at Connor, Stephen has met numerous new colleagues and friends. To him, what sets the firm apart is the relationships Connor people have with each other. These strong bonds then translates a strong team mentality, he says, which fosters a better result for clients. Stephen also loves being able to share with his colleagues the many travel opportunities Connor affords.
“I’m passionate about traveling and experiencing new cultures. When I travel to a new place, I like to experience life as a local would.”
“The diversity of people at Connor means we all bring our different strengths and perspectives to solving problems.”
Jay came to Connor not from an auditing or accounting background, but rather from the world of IT. He loves having the opportunity to learn from others and grow through the team experience. Equally, he finds great satisfaction in using his own distinct knowledge to solve problems others can’t.
“I love cars and technology. Cars don’t just deliver people from point A to point B; cars have soul. I also believe technology can make a better world for everyone.”
Kenneth TangSenior Associate
“In a larger firm, you can feel you aren’t making an impact. At Connor, everyone plays an important role.”
Ever since Kenneth started working at Connor, he has been surprised by how much he learns every day. For him, it’s not just about gaining industry knowledge, but also about acquiring “soft skills” like communication and collaboration that are vital to his success.
“I’m part of a nonprofit organization that creates short films for other nonprofits. I enjoy working with them to improve communities.”
Motoki AiharaSenior Associate
“I like working with highly skilled professionals, and I’m motivated by their recognition and appreciation of what I have to offer.”
Motoki, who comes to Connor from big 4 accounting firms, appreciates the specialized audit focus of his new workplace. This focus is what makes the quality of work better at Connor, he says, and although Connor is smaller, it is better recognized among clients and licensees for its expertise.
“When I have free time, I love to practice martial arts.”
“At Connor, I am surrounded by brilliant people who share their positive energy and help me grow personally and professionally.”
Ana brings significant banking and risk management experiences into the Connor team. For Ana, some of the best moments at Connor happen outside of work. She loves the closeness of the team and their regular happy hours and social events, which allow her to get to know her colleagues on a personal level. She feels these interactions lead to greater support and positivity at work.