For the last nineteen years, Allan has been named by Accounting Today as one of the Top 100 Most Influential in the accounting profession. For the past four years, he was also recognized as one of the 10 Most Influential in the Profession and in 2018 he was ranked as the 4th Most Influential in the Profession. For the past thirteen years, Allan was voted as one of the 10 Top Consultants by INSIDE Public Accounting. For the past six years, Allan has been named by CPA Practice Advisor as one of the Top 25 Thought Leaders in the profession. In 2016, CPA Practice Advisor also inducted Allan into the Accounting Hall of Fame. Allan was one of the first to be inducted into the Accounting Marketing Hall of Fame by the Association for Accounting Marketing.
A nationally recognized speaker, he has appeared on CNN, WGN and Fox TV and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and New York Post.
Previously, Allan was the CEO of PDI Global, which was the largest provider of marketing products and services for CPA firms. Allan sold PDI Global to H&R Block in 1998, buying it back in 2008, and then selling it to Thomson Reuters in 2011. Prior to that, Allan was a partner in the Chicago-based CPA firm of FERS, where he served as leader of the investment banking and law firm services groups, as well as the Executive Committee.
Allan attended both the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and received degrees in accounting and marketing. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Sharon, his three children, Jack, Brian and Julia, and his two dogs, Bucky and Cody. His hobbies include playing with his children, travel, chess, and all sports.