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 Control Partner View More Information
Hilary Clark, EA
Individual Tax Manager View More Information
Laura Emack, CPA
Staff Accountant View More Information
James Blair II
Staff Accountant View More Information
Anne Marie Sears
Staff Accountant View More Information
Abby Weeks
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 Degree in Accounting
University of Maine, Bachelor’s Degree
Certified Public Accountant

Background

Audit Manager, Peat Marwick, New York
Manager, Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, Bangor
Founding Partner, Edwards, Faust and 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 – BS in Accounting
Certified Public Accountant

Background

Auditor, Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker, Portland
Partner, Edwards, Faust and Smith

Specialties

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

Community Involvement

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

Hobbies

Gardening, Reading

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Nick Schiller, CPA
Quality Control Partner
Education

California State University – Hayward
B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting

Background

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

Specialties

QuickBooks
Licensed CPA in California & Maine

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Hilary Clark, EA
Individual Tax Manager
Education

University of Maine
B.A. in Latin, Summa Cum Laude
Trinity College, Dublin – Classics Program

Background

Banking and IT Experience at Fleet Bank and Camden National.
Paraprofessional – Edwards, Faust and Smith

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
B.A. English w/ minor in Accounting
Certified Public Accountant

Background

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

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
Staff Accountant
Education

Warren Wilson College – B.A. 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, M.F.A. Writing
Colby College, B.A. English

Background

Deed Clerk, Waldo County Registry of Deeds

Specialties

Individual Tax Preparation
Writing

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Abby Weeks
Staff Accountant
Education

Carleton College, B.A. 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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Greg Edwards
Firm Administrator
Education

University of Maine
B.S. in Business Administration/Accounting, 2013
Enrolled in MBA Program, 2020-present

Eastern Maine Community College
Digital Graphic Design

Background

Business Manager at 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
Downtown Bangor Partnership, Board Member
Downtown Bangor Beautification Committee. Co-Chair
City of Bangor Tree Board, Member
Friends of Lower Kenduskeag Stream (FOLKS) Coordinator
Penobscot Climate Action Advisory Committee, Member

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Sue Edwards
Assistant Firm Administrator
Education

University of Maine – BS in Business Administration
Thomas College – AS in Banking

Background

Many Years – Internal Audit and Banking
Office Manager – Edwards, Faust and Smith

Specialties

Office Management
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