Greg Collins '79

Greg Collins ’79 never forgets the people who made a difference in his life. The positive influences he had growing up, as well as those who inspired him as a student at Montclair State, helped define the man he is today.

“I’m the type of person who appreciates everything that has been done for me and every opportunity I had,” says Collins, who is managing director of G. Collins & Company, LLC, which provides tax, business management, and accounting services to clients in the sports and entertainment industries, small businesses, and high net-worth individuals. “I make giving back part of my day-to-day existence.”

Collins enrolled in Montclair State as a business administration major with a concentration in management. He was introduced to accounting job opportunities during his sophomore year through the Cooperative Education program, changed tracks, graduated with an accounting degree, and became a CPA.

His journey—which included positions with the IRS, Columbia Pictures, Ernst & Young, and AT&T—has led to recognition as a leader in the field. Collins’ firm represents professional athletes and entertainers including Sean “P Diddy” Combs, 50 Cent, and Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Collins also serves as treasurer of the University’s Foundation Board of Directors and was assistant treasurer of the Alumni Association. “I like to stay connected to things that are positive for me, and Montclair State was very influential in my life.”

He encourages students to network early in their academic careers. “Don’t wait to graduate to look for a job,” he advises. “Get into your chosen field as quickly as possible.”

Twelve years ago, Collins helped establish the Marion P. Thomas Charter School in Newark, New Jersey, where he was born and raised. He has been an active member of the school’s board of trustees for more than 10 years. “We want to provide these students with a positive educational experience that puts them in a direction that leads above and beyond the streets of Newark,” he explains.

What’s it like being an accountant to the stars? “It’s certainly not a normal 9 to 5 work day,” Collins said, “but it’s more exciting and challenging than I ever imagined.”