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About MJP

Michael J. Perullo, CPA was due to be born on July 27 (7/27), 1964 in Everett, Massachusetts, but I was born almost 7 days late at 7:27 P.M. on August 2 in hospital room 227; I weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces (which is 2 plus 7).  Since then, I have gained an even 200 pounds, thus the beginning and ceaseless fascination with numbers and precision.  Learning, measuring and recording was what I liked to do.

By age two, my grandfather Kelley helped me to learn the names of the nine planets, and pretty soon their diameters and distances from the Sun.  Always a learner, I wanted to learn what I wanted to learn.  By age 9, I was helping my father draw graphs charting stock price trends over time, and by 15, I had four brokerage accounts.  By the end of the sixth grade (1976), I knew I would try to gain admission to Boston College High School, sitting for the entrance examination in December 1977.  After my freshman year at ‘B.C. High’ exposure to accounting came from a small business owner of a travel agency in downtown Boston on Federal Street.  The owner’s son hired me to file travel brochures for three weeks in June 1979.  The pay was $105 for a 35 hour week; big bucks!  Well, the brochures never seemed to stop piling up, and there were travel tickets to be delivered all over the city, too.  After six years of working every summer and school break, I had been in every office building in downtown Boston, and knew the shortest pathway between deliveries, and which brokerage firms had accessible street level Quotron machines to check on the market. During this time, the company owner and the bookkeeper introduced me to accounting, and “the books”.  My initial experience with travel agency bookkeeping and cash management compelled me to set a goal to attend the Michigan Business School, the number one business school in America for under graduates.

Michigan was difficult for me.  I took it very seriously because of the high cost of the education, as well as the time commitment required.  My parents were sacrificing to send their son to the most expensive public university in the world.  But my goal of studying accounting at Michigan and becoming a CPA was not guaranteed when I learned of my acceptance there on March 14, 1982.  No.  First, admission was granted to the College of Literature, Science and the Arts.  Second, depending upon how well you did during your first three semesters with the liberal arts preparation curriculum, you could apply to the Michigan Business School, and spend your junior and senior year studying there to earn the coveted Michigan B.B.A. degree.  The Business School application was printed on blue (Go Blue!) paper, and had to be typed.  Yes, I used a total of 18 applications to get my submission perfect!  I was nervous about getting in, as when the class of 1986 arrived at Michigan in 1982, 2,000 of 4,400 freshman identified themselves as “pre-business”.  However, only 312 slots were available for juniors to be admitted.  The calculus, economics, and other core requirements in liberal arts program knocked off about 1,400 aspirants; about 600 people applied for the 312 seats in early 1984.  I made it, but then realized that was the easy part.  The competition there was very stringent.  Most Michigan freshman arrived from the top 2% of their high school classes.  Now the pool of juniors was much smaller than in the beginning, and the competition for grades, excellence, internships and jobs was very intense.  I knew I could make it through, though, after all, I am my mother and father’s son!

Four weeks after graduation, I went to work at Coopers & Lybrand, Boston Office.  I loved it!  It was a big firm, with 795 people and 41% of the New England audit market.  I had new blue and gray suits, the best red and yellow ‘1980s’ ties, new black shoes, and new shirts with no stripes.  I started on June 5, 1986 with 110 other recent graduates (three others of whom graduated Michigan that May).  Red tie, white shirt and blue suit, I was ready!  They issued all of us tan “audit bags” to carry all of our materials (and eventually work papers to and from).  I loved walking to the train station and around Boston with that bag; people downtown knew that was a C&L bag. (I still have that bag today!)  At first I was worried about mastering all of the technical material we had to digest even to begin to be effective at C&L.  This fear soon subsided, as the methods I learned at B.C. High, and the subject matter knowledge I learned at Michigan came into play to make my journey at C&L an excellent source of career bedrock.


Ancient Athens, the world’s first great (pure) democracy (yes, I know, for free men only…) organized their society based upon characterizations of the acronym SPIRE, which encompasses Social, Political, Intellectual, Religious, and Economic spheres of endeavor and aspiration.  I learned about this in October 1978 at B.C. High, and it has stuck with me ever since.

Current SPIRE

American Automobile Association - Member
American Motorcyclists Association - Member
International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi – Life Member
REI Cooperative – Life Member
Sangre Sports Shooting Club – Life Member

Grand Canyon Association - Member
Fulton County – Georgia Firearms License
National Rifle Association – Life Member
Youth Enrichment Services – Contributor
West Custer County Library District – Contributor
Wet Mountain Fire Protection District – Contributor
Wet Mountain Valley Community Clinic - Contributor

American Numismatic Association - Life Member
Atlanta History Center – Member
Colorado Archeological Society, Pikes Peak Chapter – Member
The Explorers’ Club, Atlanta Chapter – Friend
Fulton County Library System – Card Holder
Lewis & Clark Trail Heritage Foundation – Member
Mt. Washington Observatory – Member
National Geographic Society – Member
Nantucket Historical Association - Member

Cathedral Christ the King Parish – Member

2828 Peachtree Condominium Association, Inc. – Two Term President
American Board of Forensic Accounting – Diplomate
American College of Forensic Examiners – Diplomate
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Member
Association for Corporate Growth, Atlanta Chapter - Member
Beach Place Condominium Association, Inc. - Member
Crestwood Condominium Association, Inc. – Member
eCareerFit.com, Inc. – Board Member
EHS Publishing, L.L.C. - Advisor
Fulton County Clerk of the Superior Court - Notary Public
Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants - Fellow
Georgia State Board of Accountancy – Certified Public Accountant
Georgia State Board of Accountancy – Licensed Firm, Sole Practitioner
Michael’s Rentals - Owner
Orsus Management, Inc. - Advisor
Silver West Property Owners’ Association, Inc. – Dual Member
Society of Human Resource Management – Member
UQ Airport Storage, L.L.C. – Managing Member

Former SPIRE

Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity - President
The Ashford Club – Member
Blue Hills Ski Area – Multiple Year Season Pass Holder

Boys Scouts of America – Cub Scout

The Buckhead Club, Martin Chapter Social Committee – Member
High Museum of Art – Young Careers
Midtown Music Festival – Volunteer
Nexus – Member
Professional Singles of America - Contributor
Snake Nation Social Club – Member
Xenix Society - Member
Youth Enrichment Services – Ski Instructor & Trip Leader

Beacon Hill Civic Association - Member
Boston Employment Resource Center – Tutor
Bright Lights, Big City Gas Lamp Restoration Initiative – Surveyor
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Contributor
Fulton County Republican Party – Circle R Contributor
Fulton County Republican Party – Convention Delegate
Fulton County Republican Party Georgia H.D.46 / Precinct 8H – Vice Chairman
Georgia Public Television – Contributor
Habitat for Humanity – Day Captain
Junior Achievement of Atlanta – Contributor
Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association – Supporter
Massachusetts Firearms Identification Card – Holder
Massachusetts General Hospital – Contributor
The Michigan Review - Treasurer
National Arbor Day Foundation – Member
Parris Island Historical & Museum Society - Contributor
Support Center of Massachusetts – Volunteer
U.S. Selective Service System - Registrant

Alumni Association of the University of Michigan – Member
Boston College High School – Magis Guild
Fulton County Library System – Volunteer
Harvard University Certificate in Special Studies - Candidate
International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, Atlanta Alumni Chapter - Member
International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi - Treasurer
Library of the Boston Athenaeum – Member
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary - Volunteer
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Enterprise Forum - Member
Milton Public Library – Card Holder
University of Michigan School of Business Administration – Contributor
Zoo Atlanta - Contributor

St. Mary of the Hills Parish - Member

2828 Peachtree Ad Hoc Owners’ Committee - Founder
American Automobile Association – Member
City of Atlanta Business License – Peachtree Grand Prix, Inc.
City of Atlanta Business License – The Piedmont Group, Inc.
Crestwood Condominium Association, Inc. – Two Term Board Member
GSCPA, Inc., Professional Ethics Committee – Member
Hat Creek Property Owners’ Association - Member
International Association of Accounts Payable Professionals - Member
Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy – Certified Public Accountant License
Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants - Fellow
MSCPA, Inc., Professional Ethics Committee – Member
New Hampshire Board of Accountancy – Certified Public Accountant License
New Hampshire Society of Certified Public Accountants - Member
State of Georgia, Property Casualty, Surety & Allied Lines Adjuster License

MJP Resumes
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Pre & Non-Professional Experience

Reading all types of information is critical to life long learning.  In ‘The Merchant of Venice’, Shakespeare implored us to examine “…the friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel…”.  Your best friend in our modern world is knowledge, and increasing the rate at which you are able to synthesize information into knowledge guarantees longer term success, no matter your venture. 

Today, almost no one understands the friends as barrel staves and cooper analogy, so in the meantime, we must pass thousands and thousands of words before our eyes to increase our awareness and comprehension of today’s most interesting and compelling matters. 

MJP is very serious about reading many different sources on multitudes of topics, as noted by his current and former professional and recreational reading lists. 

Leaders MUST be readers! 

Current Professional
Reading List

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Business Finance
Colorado Springs Business Journal
Contingency Planning & Management
CPA Letter
Current Accounts
The Deal
The Forensic Examiner
HR Magazine
Journal of Accountancy
Kiplinger Letter
Kiplinger Personal Finance Letter
Kiplinger Tax Letter
Mergers & Acquisitions
U.S. News & World Report
Wall Street Journal 

Current Recreational
Reading List
AAA World
American Rifleman
Atlanta History
Colorado Central
Colorado Outdoors
Cowboys & Indians
Creative Loafing
The DeltaSig
Granite State News
Historic Nantucket
The Inquirer & Mirror
Los Angeles
Nantucket Today
National Geographic
Orderly Report
The Piedmont Review
Southwestern Lore
The Star, Port St. Joe & Mexico Beach
We Proceeded On
Wet Mountain Tribune

Former Professional
Reading List

Atlanta Catalyst
Atlanta Computer Currents
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Bloomberg Personal
Building Operating Management
Business 2.0
Business Atlanta
Business Week
Call Center
Chain Store Age
Europe Now
Fidelity Focus
The Georgia Bulletin
Georgia Trend
Global Energy Business
Harvard Business Review
HazMat World
Heads Up Internet News Bulletin
HR News
The Industry Standard
Information Week
Institutional Investor
Insurance Networking
Internet Bulletin for CPAs
Investor’s Monthly
IRS Talks
Journal of Business Strategy
Kiplinger Agricultural Letter
Kiplinger Florida Letter
Kiplinger Personal Finance
MIT Enterprise Forum
The MSCPA Review
Re:  Source
The Red Herring
Research Beat
Sector Dynamics
Sloan Management Review
Sum Monthly News
Tax Analysts Tax Practice
Time Digital
Wall Street Journal Interactive Edition

Former Recreational
Reading List

Associated Grant Makers
Atlanta 30306
Beacon Hill Civic Association News
Beacon Hill News
The Boston Globe
Boston TAB
Brill’s Content
Buckhead Atlanta 30305
F1 Week
Food & Wine
High Life
Library of the Boston Athenaeum
The Marque
Massachusetts General Hospital News
Michigan Alumnus
The Michigan Daily
Michigan Quarterly
Michigan Today
Motor Trend
New England Travel & Life
The Northside Neighbor
On Track
Poets, Artists & Madmen
Road & Track
Robb Report
University Reporter
Young Careers Muse


UQ Publishing

Online Assessment Products

Global Risk Solutions

My Mother's Resume