Tom’s Qualifications

TomThomas Kalajian, BS, CRTP, AVA, ABAR


Thomas Kalajian – ABAR, Accredited in Business Appraisal Review
, was honored with Best Accredited in Business Appraisal Review Report Award for 2010 by the nationally-recognized pioneering business valuation accrediting organization, The Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA) on June 2, 2010 at the NACVA/IBA 2010 Annual Consultants’ Conference in Miami Beach, Florida.

Mr. Kalajian was one of the first 25 graduates to earn this advanced business valuation designation in 2009. His qualifying report scored by the Qualifications Review Committee included nuances which the Committee later adopted as Best Practices for proposed professional standards for review reporting.


Thomas Kalajian – ABAR, Accredited in Business Appraisal Review, 2009
. This advanced business valuation credential is conferred by the Institute of Business Appraisers. It requires a 4-day rigorous full emersion workshop, examination, experience, pre-existing nationally-recognized business valuation designation and acceptance of a qualifying appraisal review report by the ABAR Qualifications Review Committee. The Qualifications Review Committee commended Mr. Kalajian’s qualifying appraisal review report as advancing the best practices in appraisal review.

The credential is the only one of its kind in existence among appraisal credentialing organizations. It formalizes and standardizes practices in procedures and report content and establishes the standard for all appraisal review reports. All applicants are required to sign an oath requiring adherence to ethical standards specific to the responsibility conferred to holders of this credential. Mr. Kalajian was among the first 25 accredited ABARs in existence.

Thomas Kalajian – CRTP, CTEC Registered Tax Preparer, Registration of California Tax Professionals by CTEC, California Tax Education Council and designated as a registered tax preparer by the Internal Revenue Service. Qualified professionals are awarded the designation of CRTP, which requires completion of comprehensive qualifying eligibility requirements, and thereafter, 20 hours of professional continuing education in taxation annually.

Thomas Kalajian’s firm also provides Compiled financial statements and a broad spectrum of other financial services for individuals and privately-held businesses incorporating the accumulated experience of over 30 years in continuous operation of his firm.

Thomas Kalajian – AVA, Accredited Valuation Analyst. This new business valuation credential is requires the most rigorous education, testing and experience requirements of the national credentialing organization, the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts.

More demanding than NACVA’s original CVA credential, the AVA credential requires a 4 year university degree in finance and accounting, 2 years experience in valuation methodologies, and practical knowledge in the business valuation field.

Thomas Kalajian – Bachelor of Science, BS, degree in Business Administration. Mr. Kalajian’s university education included successful studies in physics, chemistry and a major in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

The accountancy curriculum included Managerial Accounting, Cost Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Advanced Accounting, Financial Auditing, Business Law and Federal Taxation. In addition, course work included Marketing, Finance, Statistical Analysis, Business Communications and both Micro- and Macro-Economics.

Thomas Kalajian – Mensa. American Mensa is part of an international membership society of individuals with IQs among the highest 2% of the population.
Individuals can apply for membership through the process of examination with qualifying scores, or become eligible for membership through other acceptable qualifying scores in equivalency examinations administered by any of the military branches of service.

Thomas Kalajian – Viet Nam Veteran. Thomas fulfilled his military duty, serving in Viet Nam in the U.S. Army Signal Corps beginning in 1968. He graduated with honors from Signal School in 5th echelon multiplex radio repair as a Specialist 4th Class and an expert marksman with a Sharpshooter medal. His last duty assignment before honorable discharge was the Transportation Coordinator of I Corps quadrant, headquartered in Nha Trang, Viet Nam.

Thomas Kalajian – Television Broadcast Correspondent For 10 Years. Shown at the broadcast studios of OCN at the news anchor desk, Mr. Kalajian volunteered over 10 years of service to the Orange County (OC) California community from 1991 through 2001 by providing tax and management tips as the field correspondent for OCN, (Orange County (OC) Newschannel) Orange County (OC)’s 24-hour cable news channel.

OCN reached a base of over 2 million viewers in Orange County (OC), and Mr. Kalajian’s broadcasts were consistently one of the highest rated segments based on favorable viewer telephone calls.

Thomas Kalajian – Profit Improvement Specialist. Documented here also is Mr. Kalajian’s career accomplishments from accounting graduate in 1971, to Certified Public Accountant, CPA, for over 25 years from 1975 to 2001, his commitment to intensive training in business development strategies beginning in 1995, his California state registered tax designation as a CRTP in 2001, and his further expansion to his valuation designation as an AVA in 2002 for preparing formal certified business valuation appraisal reports.

Thomas Kalajian – Business Leader. Included as well is documentation showing his life-long commitment of service to the public, to his country during his military service and his pursuit of personal and professional excellence, traditional family values and high moral, committed to his professional mission and enduring core values.
Shown here is a plaque of appreciation to Tom Kalajian for his involvement as a member of the Board of Directors of the Small Business Network in Orange County (OC).