John Chelonis, CPA, CGA
Partner, Armstrong Chelonis LLP
Often I’m asked, “What inspired me to start my own business?” I would have to answer; “It gives me great pride and sense of accomplishment in building something on my own.” After earning my 3 year business accounting diploma from Fanshawe College in London, I began working for a small accounting firm. Dealing with clients and their business needs on a regular basis, I acquired a taste of entrepreneurship. With that in mind, I wanted to give myself an advantage, so I decided to pursue my Certified General Accounting Designation. Soon I found myself preparing tax returns for friends and their acquaintances and I came to realize that helping others with their financial affairs brought me great satisfaction and a sense of value both personally and professionally.
Along with growing my accounting practice, I also own and operate a successful retail business in the core of downtown London “Nicholas and Elizabeth Bridal”. I have also had the pleasure of instructing Principles of Accounting I & II and Computer Applications for Intermediate Accounting I & II for the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College for the last several years; giving back to the students attending the very same educational institution that I attended. Isn’t it funny how life comes full circle?
My education has allowed me to build a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding in the world of accounting and tax and my success as a business owner and years of experience dealing with a variety of small business owners, affords me the unique ability to offer first hand insight on matters that affect small business and solutions to better manage them. The odds are in your favour that the challenges you are experiencing are ones that I have had to overcome as well.
I am a father of twins, Ben & Grace; born on my birthday in 2010! Best present I could have ever asked for. I am still trying to effectively bottle some of their energy! Between those two and my wife Michelle, I have all the inspiration and motivation I need! I am a die hard “Leaf” Fan and am undoubtedly convinced that one day, in my life time, they will hoist up Lord Stanley! Just try and tell me otherwise!!!
Please take a few minutes to peruse our website. We offer many services for personal and small business. If you feel that I am able to assist you, please e-mail or call for an appointment. I promise that even though I will be asking many question and some of them personal, I will only be using the information to provide you with the best possible results. At this time I would like to thank you for taking the time to get to know me a little bit better. Hopefully this is just the beginning of a long lasting partnership.
I look forward to hearing from you!