I was born in 1972 to Greek immigrant parents in Atlanta, Ga. Growing up as a young kid with English being my second language, I always had to work harder than other kids to get an education. At age 8, living in Brooklyn, N.Y., I helped the postal carrier deliver mail to the neighborhood for 50 cents a day. At age 15, before I could drive, I started a candy business at my high school, earning as much as $25 per day selling blow pops. After graduating from Georgia State University in 1994 and receiving dozens of rejections from prospective employers, I embarked on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. As a young 22-year-old with no money, I borrowed my mother’s credit card to buy office equipment and software, and launched my accounting business from the basement of my family home, founding what is known today as Poulos Accounting & Consulting, Inc.

I received my bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Real Estate from Georgia State University, a place I am still very much involved in. In addition to being featured in the inaugural alumni newsletter, I have served as a mentor for the Georgia State University Robinson College of Business Honors Program and as a Board of Director for Georgia State University School of Accountancy.

During my 24 years as an entrepreneur in the financial industry, I have seen and done a lot. I have built a million-dollar real estate portfolio buying only foreclosure real estate, and continually diversifying my firm to be a leader not a follower in my profession. As a thought-leader, I serve on Intuit’s Tax Customer Council, helping to transform the profession. As a philanthropist, I founded Poulos Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity to provide financial assistance to families who have a child suffering from cancer.

My passion is helping individuals and small businesses achieve financial success. The advice that I often provide to my clients is also sought-out by print and TV media outlets including, ABC, CBS, CBS This Morning, NBC, FOX, One America News, TIME, Forbes, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, Wall Street Journal, and TheStreet, among others.

Having worked with many individuals and small businesses who often struggle with their finances and don’t know where to find helpful information, I decided to launch Financial Smarts Network, a financial show airing a variety of content, including the economy, taxes, real estate, mortgage lending, money management, small business finances, entrepreneurship, politics and much more.

Deeply concerned about America’s financial future, I believe it’s time to educate all Americans, in order for America to achieve long-term success. Financial Smarts Network provides valuable financial information each week to help fellow Americans succeed in their quest for living the “American Dream.”