With that honor, Alan — a Verdugo Hills High School Class of 1968 graduate — reached a pinnacle to which a great many in the entertainment community aspire, but few ever achieve.
His career in the entertainment field spans over 25 years and started, somewhat by accident, with the need to select a major in college. After leaving Verdugo, Alan attended L.A. Valley College and Long Beach City College before going to Long Beach State University to study international relations.
Alan eventually decided that international relations was not a career path that afforded many opportunities, so he declared a major in film instead and transfered to Cal State Fullerton with the goal of becoming a professional filmmaker.
After graduating from Fullerton, Alan was hired by the famed director, Robert Altman, to work on a feature film and, thereafter, became an assistant director on an independent film project. In the process, Alan realized that making movies was not really something he wanted to do for the rest of his life, so he applied for and landed a job at the famed William Morris Agency.
In agency work, Alan found his calling. He rapidly moved up the ladder from the mailroom to become a talent agent. He quickly became the youngest department head and the youngest vice president in the company's history. In his 17 years with William Morris, Alan headed the television department and the film department for the agency as well as being the personal agent for such mega-stars as Tom Hanks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Robin Williams, and Michael Keaton.
In 1993, Alan struck out on his own and founded Shelter Entertainment, a talent management and production company based in Los Angeles. The company currently represents such leading stars as John Stamos, Victoria Principal, Daisy Fuentes, Daniel Cortez, Ben Savage, John Dye, Julia Duffy, Frank Whaley, and Bruce Boxleitner.
Shelter Entertainment also has a number of feature film and television projects in various stages of production and development.
In the 1999 Vanity Fair article, Alan was photographed as part of producer/director Jerry Bruckheimer's pick-up hockey team. The team consists of about 30 Hollywood luminaries who regularly meet on Sunday nights to play ice hockey. With a passion for the game, Alan is also a member of the Sharks, a California Senior Hockey League team.
When asked what advice he would give to students getting ready to graduate from Verdugo Hills High School, Alan responded that it is important for newly minted graduates to recognize that there is a whole world beyond the mountains that ring Sunland-Tujunga.
"You can achieve anything you want," he said. "Just go out there and do it!"