Alan’s Qualifications


Bachelors and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Doctorate* in Administration from Harvard University; Law degree from Florida State University; Master of Laws in taxation from the University Of Washington; Certificate in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Missouri; Graduate study in economics and finance at University of Maryland.

* Doctoral dissertation/project: Organizational Behavior in State Politics

Professional Credentials:

Designation as Chartered Financial Consultant from the American College; Licensed as securities Principle and Registered Investment Adviser; Court certified civil mediator.

Professional Experience:

Legal:  Twenty years as a practicing attorney specializing in taxation, business planning for closely held corporations, employee benefits plans and pension and welfare benefit plan litigation and studying and writing about tax policy, the role of taxes in promoting economic and social policy, the effect of tax policies on the economy; Adjunct Professor at Stetson University College of Law; Co-Chair of the sub-committee on Professional Corporations and Employee Benefits of the Tax Section of a state bar association; Vice-President and Chair of the Continuing Education Committee of the chapter of the Federal Bar Association; Lecturer at continuing education programs for attorneys and accountants. Author of legal reference books on employee benefit plans.

Consulting:  Consultant on matters of economics, finance and operations to closely held businesses and government agencies including, among others: Department of Defense; U.S. Department of Education; National Institutes for Education; World Bank; Ford Foundation and more than 60 state and local government agencies.  Testified before Congress on federal spending on vocational education.

Consultant on economic development planning (and jobs training) and with extensive experience working with worked with businesses and educational institutions at both the secondary and post-secondary level to develop job training programs.

Business: Founder and CEO of Gordian Securities, Inc. [a NASD registered broker-dealer] and Institutional Development Associates, Inc., a policy consulting and research firm


Author/co-author of more than 100 books (including three novels), articles and published study reports on economics, public finance, taxation, employment training and employee benefits.