“I really understand the sense of accomplishment and the dedication it takes to build a small business.”
Alan Salus is a third generation small business owner, with over 20 years’ business experience. His well-honed instinct for identifying and exploring new opportunities comes from being exposed his entire life to the ever-changing dynamics that come with running a small business.
A Well-Rounded Business Background
Before becoming a CPA, Alan managed the operations of several Atlanta-based manufacturing businesses.
While he started off by making just $7 an hour, he steadily worked his way up in experience, responsibility, and income at distributors such as American Honda and Alternative Apparel. His determination paid off when he agreed to serve as the warehouse manager for his friends who were just starting a business selling t-shirts. Over a five-year period, Alan helped grow Alternative Apparel (now a big, multi-million dollar business) from a 5,000 square-foot, one-man operation shipping five packages a day to a 30,000 square foot facility with 40 employees making several hundred shipments in a day.
Alan then transitioned into his current career as a CPA when he went to work for Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP, a large regional accounting firm. While there, he worked with clients in the manufacturing, entertainment, and technology industries.
The opportunity to work with different clients across a variety of industries proved invaluable, jumpstarting his passion for serving the accounting and financial needs of small businesses. He eventually decided to open up his own CPA practice, serving small business clients located throughout the Atlanta region.
An Opportunity-Oriented Mindset
Alan’s personal motto is pretty simple: Given a choice between the safe route and the road less traveled he will nearly always pick the latter. Not surprisingly, his small business clients have a similar drive to succeed, often wearing multiple hats at the same time as they work to keep their business moving forward.
Alan received his undergraduate degree from the Georgia State University, graduating magna cum laude, and is a member of The Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants.
He is passionate about music, an interest that began in elementary school. He played the drums for about 15 years, practicing nearly every single day. While he enjoys listening to classic rock bands like Led Zeppelin and Metallica, he’s a diehard fan of Widespread Panic. To date, he has attended over 100 Widespread Panic concerts, road tripping throughout the southeast to catch their live performances. He has also been known to fly out Nevada, Denver, and Ohio.
An avid golfer and sports fan, he holds season tickets for the Atlanta Falcons and enjoys watching the Atlanta Braves. He is married with two young children.