Alan McKnight graduated in 1984 from Southern Polytechnic State University with a Bachelor in Engineering Technology degree; he also earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Financial Services from Kennesaw State University in 1992. Alan is a graduate of the College for Financial Planning and obtained the Certified Financial Planner™ designation in 1997.
Mr. McKnight is an active member in the Financial Planning Association. He is also a member of the Investment Management Consultants Association and Ed Slott's Elite IRA Advisor Group™.
Mr. McKnight has been quoted frequently in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on many types of personal financial planning issues and was a featured speaker at their 1st annual Money & More Personal Investment Seminar held at the Georgia World Congress Center in September 1998. He has also been quoted frequently in professional journals such as Financial Advisor and the Journal for Financial Planning.
Mr. McKnight has also been a community leader with America Online's Personal Finance bulletin board and volunteered for Crown Financial Ministries, helping families with their personal financial needs. Mr. McKnight is a Senior Faculty member and professor in the Keller Graduate School of Management's MBA Program, where he teaches Personal Financial Planning, Securities Analysis, Options and Futures, Management of Financial Institutions and Managerial Finance. Alan's students consistently rate him as one of the top instructors in the business school. He was awarded the "Excellence in Teaching" award in 2000 for attaining a perfect rating from his students.
An avid martial artist, Alan earned his 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is internationally certified by the Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters in Seoul, Korea. Alan, Barbara and their two daughters are active members of Johns Creek Baptist Church, where he has served as an active Deacon, Deacon Treasurer, member of the Stewardship Committee and Bible study leader. Alan is also a member of the Atlanta Athletic Club, and his other hobbies include golf and fishing.