About Us

History

Edwards, Faust and Smith, CPAs was formed in 1991 by CPAs who came from a large reputable firm and wanted to provide accounting, audit, tax, and consulting services to small and mid-size businesses and individuals at the same professional standard provided by larger firms.

By 1993, the firm had grown from small beginnings to our office on Union Street in Bangor, Maine. A few years later, EFS had developed into much larger organization through acquisitions of other firms and successful referrals from happy clients. Our staff has increased to include six full-time employees and two part-time paraprofessionals.

Under AICPA size standards, we are now included in the medium-high category of CPA firms nationwide.

Although larger in size, our focus over the last 20 years has been and continues to be providing our clients quality professional services with a personal touch.

Black and white photo of the Edwards, Faust and Smith office on Union Street in Bangor, Maine.


Personnel

Scott Edwards, CPA
Managing Partner View More Information
Mark Chellis, CPA
Audit Partner View More Information
Nick Schiller, CPA
Quality Assurance Partner View More Information
Hilary Clark, EA
Individual Tax Manager View More Information
Laura Emack, CPA
Staff Accountant View More Information
James Blair II
Senior Staff Accountant View More Information
Anne Marie Sears
Staff Accountant View More Information
Abby Weeks
Staff Accountant View More Information
Tammy Higgins
Staff Accountant View More Information
Greg Edwards
Firm Administrator View More Information
Sue Edwards
Assistant Firm Administrator View More Information
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Scott Edwards, CPA
Managing Partner
Education

Penn State, Masters in Accounting
University of Maine, Bachelor’s Degree

Certified Public Accountant

Background

Audit Manager, Peat Marwick, New York
Manager, Berry Dunn
Founding Partner, Edwards, Faust & Smith

Specialties

Technical Auditing and Accounting
Manufacturing, Distributors, Retail, Non-Profits, and Health Centers

Community Involvement

Washington Lakes Watershed Association, Board Member
Bangor Lion’s Club – Member/Past President
First United Methodist Church – Trustee
FinnAm Society of Midcoast Maine
Finnish Heritage House

Hobbies

Kayaking, Hiking, Investments

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Mark Chellis, CPA
Audit Partner
Education

University of Southern Maine – Bachelor’s in Accounting

Certified Public Accountant

Background

Auditor, Berry Dunn

Specialties

Technical Auditing and Accounting
Manufacturing, Distributors, Retail, Non-Profits, and Health Centers
Government Compliance Auditing

Community Involvement

Orrington Center Church – Treasurer/Deacon
River of Life Bible Camp – Volunteer

Hobbies

Gardening, Reading

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Nick Schiller, CPA
Quality Assurance Partner
Education

California State University – Hayward
Bachelor’s in Business Administration/Accounting

Background

Senior Audit Supervisor – Grant Thronton
Senior Audit Supervisor – Deloitte
Chief Financial Officer – Hanor Farms
Assistant Controller – Smithfield Foods

Certified Public Accountant licensed in California & Maine

Specialties

Corporate, Nonprofit, and Governmental Auditing & Attestation
Tax Planning and Return Preparation
QuickBooks

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Hilary Clark, EA
Individual Tax Manager
Education

University of Maine
Bachelor’s in Latin, Summa Cum Laude
Trinity College, Dublin – Classics Program

Background

Banking and IT Experience at Fleet Bank and Camden National.

Specialties

Accounting & Tax Research

Community Involvement

Amicus, Board Member
Northern Penobscot County Beekeepers Association

Hobbies

Gardening, Beekeeping, Monarch Butterflies, Reading, Baking

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Laura Emack, CPA
Staff Accountant
Education

University of Maine – Bachelor’s in English w/ minor in Accounting

Certified Public Accountant

Background

Quality Control Manager, Haverlock, Estey & Curran
Accountant, Dysart’s Service
Senior Manager, Roy & Associates
Audit Partner, Schatz, Fletcher & Associates
Supervisor, Berry Dunn

Specialties

Technical Auditing and Accounting
Financial Statement Preparation
Conservatorships and Trusts
QuickBooks

Community Involvement

Prospect Historical Society, Treasurer

Hobbies

Writing, Cooking, Gardening, French

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James Blair II
Senior Staff Accountant
Education

Warren Wilson College – Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies
University of Maine – Certificate in Accounting Studies

Specialties

QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor

Hobbies

Hiking, Sailing, Paddling, Gardening

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Anne Marie Sears
Staff Accountant
Education

University of Maine, Masters in Fine Arts
Colby College, Bachelor’s Degree

Background

Vice President, Shadow Distribution
Print Shipping Coordinator, Maine International Film Festival

Specialties

Individual Tax Preparation

Hobbies

Hiking, Film, Music, Reading

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Abby Weeks
Staff Accountant
Education

Carleton College, Bachelors in Mathematics
Continuing Education in Accountant & Taxation

Background

Senior Staff Accountant, Hollingsworth & Associates, CPA
Tax Preparer, Sole Proprietor

Specialties

Individual and Business Taxation
QuickBooks

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Tammy Higgins
Staff Accountant
Education

Husson University, Bachelor’s in Accounting

Background

Bookkeeping
Revenue Coordinator – Northern Light Healthcare
Medical Billing – T.G. Higgins Business Services
Controller – Vesper Country Club
Audit – Hollingsworth & Willey

Specialties

Bookkeeping, QuickBooks

Hobbies

Quilting, Reading, Spending Time with Family

Community Involvement

Town Councilor, Town of Winterport
Budget Committee, Waldo County
Treasurer, Winterport Cemetery District

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Greg Edwards
Firm Administrator
Education

University of Maine
Master of Business Administration, concentration in Public & Nonprofit Management
Bachelors in Business Administration/Accounting,

Eastern Maine Community College – Digital Graphic Design

Background

Business Manager – Osher Environment Systems

Specialties

Accredited Small Business Consultant
Nonprofit Accounting, Sustainability in Business, QuickBooks, Sage 50, Wave Accounting, Square

Community Involvement

Bangor Greendrinks, Board Member
City of Bangor Tree Board, Member
Friends of Lower Kenduskeag Stream (FOLKS)
Penobscot Climate Action Advisory Committee, Member
Bangor Area Comprehensive Transportation System (BACTS) Advisory Committee, Member

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Sue Edwards
Assistant Firm Administrator
Education

University of Maine – Bachelor’s in Business Administration/Accounting/Finance
Thomas College – Associate’s in Banking

Background

Internal Audit, Banking, Insurance, Investments
Chief Internal Audit and Compliance Officer – Camden National Bank

Specialties

Office Management
Sage 50 Accounting Software
Banking, Insurance, and Investment Matters

Community Involvement

Boy Scouts, Troop 8 – Treasurer
FinnAm Society of Midcoast Maine
Finnish Heritage House
Washington Lakes Watershed Association

Hobbies

Guitar, Finnish Language, Hiking


Additional Staff

  • Albert Faust, Ex-Officio Founding Partner
  • Linda Orlando, CPA, Staff Accountant
  • Greg Rowley, Staff Accountant
  • Donna Chellis, Staff Accountant