About Me



As a CPA with an MBA,  I have worked with and consulted for both large and medium-sized companies.

I received my BS degree in Finance from the University of Richmond and an MBA from SMU.  My career has spanned 40+ years and, I have worked for both successful and struggling companies including JCPenney, Sally’s Beauty, the Zale Corporation, Neiman Marcus, Tony Roma and Texas Land and Cattle.

From each I learned many things, that have helped me achieve a successful career. It is my hope that the advice and perspective in this book will help you, whether just entering the workplace or already there, avoid common pitfalls. Classroom to Career will give you a leg up and will jumpstart your career to give you a competitive advantage as you transition from the world of education to the world of work.

These days, when not working or writing, you can usually find me sailing my boat, Dock Holiday, on Lake Texoma (the air conditioner only works at the dock).  Or working with the North Texas Wooden Boat Association restoring classic wooden boats.

Alan making friends