Prof. Polak’s formal education includes a B.S. Accounting (summa cum laude) from Johnson and Wales College, M.S. Administration & Management (cum laude) from Saint Michael's College, and a J.S.M. (cum laude) in International Tax & Financial Services from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Currently, he is the owner of a start-up CPA firm that offers Tax return preparation, Accounting, Auditing, Fraud Examination and Financial Services to individuals and businesses. He also supervises two J.S.D. students at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, as well as, teaches an online Financial Innovations course at Texas A&M University, School of Law in the Wealth & Risk Management - LL.M. & M.Jur programs.
Prof. Polak retired from the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service (2015) where he served for over twenty-five years as a Senior Internal Revenue Agent in the following Divisions; Small Business/Self Employed (General Income Tax Agent), Large & Mid-Sized Business (Financial Products and Transaction Examiner) and Tax Exempt/Government Entities (Federal, State and Local Government Specialist).
Prof. Polak is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, Accredited Personal Financial Specialist, Certified in Financial Forensics, Chartered Global Management Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Insurance Producer, Investment Advisor Representative, and holds FINRA 6 and 63 securities licenses.
Awards have included; the United States Department of Treasury’s most prestigious Albert Gallatin Award, as well as, many Performance; Time-Off, Manager’s; US Treasury, Individual Special Acts and Service awards.
Volunteer positions held include AICPA Editorial Advisor for the “Journal of Accountancy” and “The Tax Advisor,” Course Reviewer for the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Board Member for the Global Academy Financial Management and an Advisory Council Member for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.