Dan Erling Bio
Dan Erling is president and CEO of Accountants One, a full-service accounting recruiting firm committed to solving a top concern of CEOs: talent. Dan and the firm are dedicated to matching the goals of Accountants One clients with the goals of Accountants One candidates. Under Dan’s leadership, Accountants One examines client culture and conducts candidate behavioral analysis to find cultural fit, leading to Accountants One’s outstanding placement success rate of 93 percent. A core principle is Dan’s commitment to building long-term relationships with both clients and candidates.
Dan joined Accountants One in 1998 as sales manager. It was then a small firm run by his father Bert Erling. Together they grew the firm 500 percent. From the start Dan became a student the hiring process, and over the course of thousands of hires, he identified what worked and what did not work. He frequently spoke and consulted on the topic, and eventually wrote the book on it. MATCH – A Systematic, Sane Process for Hiring the Right Person Every Time was published by John Wiley & Sons in 2010. That same year, Bert Erling died unexpectedly, and Dan took over the sole leadership of the firm.
Dan holds a B.S. cum laude in Mathematics from Georgia State University and a Masters in Math Education from Emory University, despite having struggled with undiagnosed dyslexia through elementary school that led to early struggles in math. But with encouragement from an art teacher, he found his footing in high school and went on to mathematic achievement.
Following his education, Dan taught math in middle school and in 1996 was named Academic Achievement Incentive Teacher of the Year for Middle Schools in the Atlanta Public Schools System. Eventually, despite his love of teaching kids, his frustration with bureaucracy and the opportunity to work entrepreneurially led him to Accountants One.
Dan is the founder of a nonprofit called Stand Up for Leadership and is the creator of the Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant, an annual stereotype debunker and fundraiser benefiting Junior Achievement. The event, an annual favorite in the accounting community, has generated over $300,000 for Junior Achievement. He serves on the board of the Georgia State Panther Athletic Committee, is in the Georgia Association of Personnel Services (GAPS) Hall of Fame, and has been recognized as one of Atlanta’s Up and Comers by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Under Dan’s leadership, Accountants One was named one of Atlanta’s Best Places to Work.
Dan is married to Michelle, a painter and art educator, and they have two sons. In his spare time, Dan enjoys painting (acrylics), and music (eclectic!).
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