Mark G. Filler, CPA/ABV, CVA, AM, CBA leads Filler & Associates’ Litigation and Claims Support practice in Portland, Maine. He has been in public accounting since February 1968. Mr. Filler has been a Certified Public Accountant since November 1972, a Certified Valuation Analyst since November 1994, a Certified Business Appraiser since May 1997, Accredited in Business Valuation since January 1999 and an Accredited Member since April 2004.
His experience has been entirely with small firms, and his focus has been on helping small business entrepreneurs solve their tax and business problems. His services include aid and advice around tax minimization, business planning and major business decisions, financing, determining management information needs, setting up cash management tools, instituting cost reduction and budgeting techniques, and the placement of bookkeepers and controllers.
A natural consequence of his intimate knowledge of how small businesses operate has been his involvement with the Maine legal community in the areas of acquisitions and divestitures, which in turn has led to his being recommended for various litigation support activities.
In the past, Mr. Filler has focused on providing consulting and expert witness assistance to clients and counsel in commercial disputes, with particular emphasis on business valuations pursuant to divorces and shareholder disagreements, damages assessments and business interruption calculations for insurance companies, arson and embezzlement investigations for insurance companies, accountants’ malpractice lawsuits, and damages measurement for lost profits and wrongful discharge cases, among others.
Mr. Filler participates in 40 hours of continuing professional education each year, including tax, finance, statistics, business valuation and litigation support courses. Accordingly, the AICPA has awarded him two Certificates in Educational Achievement, one in Tax Planning and Advising for Closely-Held Businesses, and the other in Business Valuation. Mr. Filler is also credentialed as a CVA, CBA, ABV, and an AM.
Aside from his practical experience developed over the last 42 years, from 1986 to 1995 Mr. Filler taught the Dale Carnegie Management Seminar some 17 times to over 250 Maine business owners and managers. This experience gave him a deeper awareness of how small businesses run, especially insight into the “people problems” they face.