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.”
Carol L. McMullen, CPA, is an experienced accountant, who was born, raised, and educated in the beautiful Garden State. She admires the entrepreneurial drive of small business owners and strives to find each client the best path to success. She is licensed in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania and received her Accounting Degree from the College of New Jersey. Carol is experienced in taxation, financial analysis, budgeting, health care, non-profit areas, and much more. Carol is an advocate for community service, and the founder and coach of a Special Olympics Aquatics Team. She has also served as a Goodwill Ambassador for The Proctor & Gamble Company. She enjoys helping her community and small business owners as a person that they can trust and confide in.
Carol says, “There is nothing I enjoy more than giving back to the businesses in the state that helped me grow into the professional I am today. I have experience in many areas of taxation and accounting, and I am here to help you!”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Tina Davitt is our Office Manager. She has spent the majority of her career working in business analysis and finance for small businesses. She deeply values client relationships, and uses her “out of the box” thinking to come up with creative solutions to challenging issues.
Tina says: “It is very gratifying to work with a team that is intelligent, professional, supportive and encouraging. We put client relationship first, which makes all the difference.”
Nicolena Salerno has been our Marketing and Educational Coordinator for the past 4 years. She has a Bachelors Degree in communication from the University of Scranton. You will most often see Nicolena greeting guests at our networking breakfasts and other various events, where her warm personality makes even the shyest person feel welcomed. She enjoys working with many different types of clients and in a growth-oriented business environment.
Nicolena says: “A happy work environment is so important and is very hard to come by. I knew the moment I started working at Straight Talk CPAs that this was the place for me. My colleagues are so helpful and positive, and I enjoy coming to work each day! I look forward to seeing you at a future event!”
Bree Slauscius is a proud member of our marketing team, assisting with all marketing and educational realms of the company. She is born and raised in New Jersey and attended college in Florida. She has a Bachelors Degree in Writing & Rhetoric with a minor in Digital Humanities from the University of Central Florida. Bree supports the success at a variety of our events from our networking breakfast to office meetings. She is a high energy and optimistic professional that enjoys engaging with diverse individuals and learning everything she can from them.
Margie Falco is our Administrative Assistant. She has 13 years of payroll and customer service experience with ADP. She also worked for a local CPA firm processing payroll and assisting in tax processing for 6 years.
Margie says: “ The Omar Group is a unique company because every team member is committed to going the extra mile, to go above and beyond what is expected of them. Since I am the “front office” person, I enjoy warmly welcoming clients, making them feel “at home” and their experience with us memorable.