Salim Omar, CPA is the rare accountant who guarantees success to clients who follow his advice. As one of New Jersey’s top CPAs, clients from across the state hold Salim in the highest esteem. He believes small businesses are the foundation of our economy and has dedicated his practice to helping them attain financial health and security through his services. With this mission in mind, he’s been able to build one of the most successful and respected firms in the state of New Jersey and has hundreds of raving fans across the state (check out the testimonials section).
His education includes a unique blend of two financially-based accreditations: Masters Degree in Accounting and a Certified Public Accountant. His professional background includes experience as a former Chief Financial Officer and, for the last seventeen years, as a small-business owner in New Jersey. He is author of the popular book “Straight Talk About Small Business Success In New Jersey.” His articles appear in publications around the country including prestigious industry publications such as Accounting Today and The CPA Journal. His passion to help small-business owners succeed – and his personal business success – makes him a much-in-demand speaker, panelist, writer and advisor.
Salim says: “I hate for small business owners to get bogged down in unnecessary, time-consuming detail when I can help them enjoy their businesses – and life — more fully. This is what The Omar Group is all about – removing the roadblocks and paving the way toward success for every entrepreneur.”
Mary Ann D’Angelico, our Office Manager, brings with her 35+ years of administrative and financial operations management experience. She is the backbone behind the firm’s smooth day to day operation. Mary Ann works closely with our team to consistently deliver stellar 5-star service to our clients.
In her words: “It’s a delight to be part of a team that understands and lives the belief that the success of our firm and us as professionals is wholly tied to the success of our clients. This enables us to work with a single focus of ‘clients come first.’ We believe that the rest takes cares of itself.”
Vrajesh Shah, CPA has more than 25 years of tax planning and financial reporting for both small and large businesses and is a valued member of our team. As Straight Talk CPA’s Tax Consultant and Accounting Advisor, he provides his expert research, thoughtful analysis, and diverse knowledge to our clients to help them minimize and resolve their most complex tax and accounting issues.
In his words: “The biggest expense for most taxpayers is their income tax bill. Its been very gratifying to help clients slash their tax bill so they are paying the least amount legally possible. My role at Straight Talk CPAs entails guiding our clients towards a sound financial and tax reporting system.”
Pat Coleman is a Financial Accountant with a degree in Economics and Accounting from Rutgers, The State University of NJ. She is our Quickbooks Doctor, responsible for resolving our client’s accounting software issues and expanding their use of financial accounting software to manage their businesses more efficiently. Pat started her career at Merrill Lynch in NYC and spent the last ten years as a controller for a NJ based business. Pat has been a consultant for many businesses, large and small, and understands the financial concerns that business owners face daily.
Pat says: “I enjoy the challenge of implementing strategies for businesses to succeed. I am here to help them overcome the obstacles that come along with running a business.”
Helen Passariello is our bookkeeper and payroll-sales tax specialist. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Brooklyn College, City University of New York. She has over 20 years’ experience in the accounting industry. She worked for a Wall Street firm for over 15 years that maintained books and records for independent NYSE floor brokers. She also holds NASD series 27 certification.
Helen says: “It’s important to have accurate books and records as well as timely payroll and sales tax filings. By assisting small businesses with these functions, it allows them to concentrate on growing their business.”
Elliot Krauss is a senior tax professional with a Masters degree in finance/investments from Bernard M. Baruch College and a Bachelors of Science degree in finance from Long Island University. He has more than 30 years of experience in financial systems and reporting, commodity management and purchasing while employed by Merck & Co., Inc., a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company. He joined The Omar Group in 2005.
Elliot says: “It has been very gratifying to help clients with the preparation of their personal tax returns. My interaction with clients and the discussions I have had on tax saving strategies have resulted in many fulfilling client relationships.”