About Sandlin & Associates

Diane SandlinDiane M Sandlin, CPA

Diane has been a licensed CPA for almost 20 years.  She also has her CMA license and obtained her MBA from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.  Diane’s husband, George, who retired after 29 years in the Marine Corps, has allowed them the privilege to live in various parts of the country, including Okinawa, Japan, where she taught for the University of Maryland, Asian Division.   Through those experiences, Diane has developed expertise in the areas of military tax issues, real estate investing, small business accounting and tax issues, and multi-state and amended tax returns.  She is a Certified QuickBooks Advisor and assists clients in setting up and maintaining their business records.  Her goal is to make you audit proof and take advantage of every opportunity that the IRS allows in order to reduce your overall tax burden.  She and her husband own investment properties, have self-directed their IRA’s and want to teach you to do the same.

In her spare time, Diane loves to hike the many trails on Oahu and is an amateur photographer. She leads a hike every Saturday morning so if anyone wants to join her, post her a message on Facebook.  She and her husband also travel to the mainland many times a year to visit and golf with family and friends.  They live in Kailua and have a cat named Sylvester.

George SandlinGeorge P Sandlin

George is a retired Lieutenant Colonel.  He served in various supply, logistics and facilities engineering jobs, and deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, during his 29 years of active duty with the United States Marine Corps.  After retiring in 2010, George fills the dual role of office manager and apprentice accountant for Diane M Sandlin, CPA.  He obtained his MBA from National University in Fresno, CA, and has a supply chain analyst certification from Penn State University.

In his spare time, George enjoys golf, traveling, reading, and watching sports with friends.  He is also an active member of a local fitness group.  George and his wife Diane, enjoy traveling together, hosting dinner parties, and golfing with friends.

TaraTara Simon

Tara has been working at Sandlin & Associates since May 2008. Prior to pursuing a career in the accounting field she enjoyed much success at an international retail corporation in New Jersey for 18 years. During that time she held multiple positions in operations, planning and logistics, training and development, and merchandising. Trying to balance the needs of her growing family, she left the demanding corporate culture to manage the financials of her husband’s growing construction company. A move to Hawaii in 2006 led to opportunities in consulting to open and grow various small businesses on the island of Oahu. A chance meeting with Diane in 2008 lead to a new career opportunity and the rest, as they say, is history.

When Tara is not “crunching numbers” at her desk, she enjoys running, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her family; usually on the soccer field.