We had the good fortune of connecting with John Dillard CPA and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi John, what habits do you feel play an important role in your life?
Success is something earned not granted. It is the end result of a day worked and lived minute by minute and is measurable at the end rather than at the beginning of a journey. Success is a lifestyle and not an achievement as you do not achieve success but rather become through hard work, diligence and effort. Success is the difference between being “done” and done “well.” I have seen way too many examples in life of people who stopped working or were finished but yet did not complete a certain task to the best of their ability. Success only comes when one has done their best! Success is not being awesome by others standards but buy one continuing to put forth their VERY best in EVERY Circumstance.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
We Seek to Answer Questions Business Owners Did Not Even Know They Had Including: • Free up your time from financial worries and concerns so you can focus on the everyday operations of your business. • Provide clarity in the business management reports and financial side of your business offering you a tried and true perspective of your business financial position. • The ability to anticipate financial needs of your business so that problems can be avoided altogether and bumps in the road can be adequately prepared for. • Bring financial insight and wisdom to top management providing clarity and a second perspective on tough business decisions. • Bring clarity helping Atlanta Business Owners see the forest and the trees simultaneously helping you to achieve your financial goals of your business plan. • Establishment of a solid well thought out business plan and budget which can be utilized to actually run the day-to-day affairs of your business and long-term business needs. • Lead and train your accounting personnel. • Provide financial information within days of month end. • Ongoing Evaluation of trends and ratios allowing for early corrective action. • Develop a strong system of internal controls, business safeguards, and insurance review and negotiation focused on increasing profits and tax mitigation. • Analyze varying business segments gross profit by product line. • Develop long-term tax saving strategies while considering short-term objectives. • Evaluation of credit policies, bill payment procedures and cash management. • Working with the company’s management team, employees, Board of Directors, Advisory council, bankers, legal counsel, vendors and suppliers to seek clarification of purpose and congruence of purpose. • Analysis of business mergers, sales and acquisitions to achieve long-term goals of key/top management.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The Absolute BEST Place to Hang Out in the World is TOGETHER!!! For when REAL friends get around each other there is no other place I would rather be. Safe in the security of sharing my deepest secrets and innermost fears. While seeking to comfort those who are going through tough life situations and circumstances. For a real friend is thicker than a brother and will stand by you longer as well!!!!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Dr. Gary Luoma was the Dean of the Accounting Department at Emory University where I had been accepted and I met first with him to set up my schedule there for my first semester. I initially had some scholarship money from an employer who was acting like they may not come through when I submitted my tuition fees for reimbursement so I was had to take another route. My first day at Georgia State University my professor keep saying that I looked familiar. He then realized before he had taken the position of Dean of the Accounting Department at GSU that he had set up my schedule at Emory University. Of course he asked what was I doing there to which I replied, “I heard the best of the best had come to Georgia State so I had decided to come there as well. Dr. Luoma guided us in seeking excellence in all phases of our work and challenged us in ways I had never been before and it was just what I needed. Dr. Luoma is the lighting rod of my career and for which I will ever be grateful!!!