At the end of 2018, Mary A. Saylor retired after nearly half a century of excellence in the financial industry. She dedicated her career to running her own private practice as a tax professional in Royal Oak, Michigan, from 1972 until her retirement. Bringing her eldest son, Scott, into the practice in 2005, he received an enrolled agent status that same year and soon assumed responsibility over the financial area of the business. By the fifth year of his involvement, he purchased the business from Ms. Saylor, which he continued to grow and mature, while keeping her private practice in the family as she served clients and gradually turned over the remainder of the business to her son.
Ms. Saylor’s father, Leonard Cameron Aldrich, was a general practitioner, who made regular house calls. Spending a lot of time with her father, who could constantly talk finance with her during her formative years, she didn’t realize the value of this knowledge until she married her first husband, a restaurant manager, who suggested taking a tax course before launching her own business. Ms. Saylor completed the course and eventually decided to teach it before working for H&R Block for three years. When the company wanted to relocate her, she made the decision to begin her own practice due to the close personal connections that she had built with many clients over that time.
Ms. Saylor was a member of the National Association of Tax Professionals, the International Board Certified Financial Planners and the Financial Planning Association of Michigan, as well as a registered representative with the National Association of Securities Dealers. Her proudest accomplishment is that she was able to build strong relationships with her clients, having helped many people and made them feel comfortable throughout her distinguished career.
Outside of her primary trade, Ms. Saylor was president of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) in Clawson, Michigan, from 1983 to 1985, as well as the financial director of the Clawson Junior Baseball team from 1987 to 1991 and director of the Clawson PTA from 1989 to 1990. She also maintains involvement with numerous organizations related to her field including the National Association of Tax Practitioners, the National Association of Security Dealers as a registered representative, the International Board of Certified Financial Planners and the Michigan Society of Certified Financial Planners. In light of her exceptional undertakings, Ms. Saylor was selected for inclusion in the 27th edition of Who’s Who in Finance and Industry.