Mark Foat, CPA, CBA, CVA, CFF

As one of the original founders, Mark Foat is now the majority shareholder of McCoy Foat. His work style can be summed up in two words: energy and synergy. If you’ve ever talked with Mark, you already understand the energy part of the equation. He overflows with enthusiasm and ideas, and accomplishes more on Monday than many people achieve in an entire week. The synergy component is more subtle. While you might not know it on the outside, Mark is constantly thinking about how to combine efforts, serve clients better and improve the work environment for the team at McCoy Foat. The philosophy is simple: If we invest in our employees and foster a positive work environment, our clients will reap the benefits.

Mark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business at Warner Pacific College while working in the banking industry. For many years he worked as a commercial risk officer in both the retail and commercial sides of the bank – analyzing complex financial issues, ratios and cash flows. Mark founded McCoy Foat in 2001, along with Michael McCoy and Dick Gassner, with the goal of offering tax preparation, along with a variety of services to help businesses grow and prosper. In 2015, Mark purchased Mike and Dick’s shares in the company and brought in Kristen and Sherri as new partners, as Dick and Mike prepared to move on to new chapters of their lives. Today, Mark is involved in all areas of the firm, with emphasis in commercial finance and business valuation. “We’re really interested and engaged in supporting our clients’ business growth,” he says. “In doing so, we take a team approach – business problems tend to be multifaceted. We proactively help our clients solve problems and avoid future issues with a soup-to-nuts approach that conveniently meets all of their needs.”

Mark is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA) as well as the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA) and the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA). He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds both the Certified Business Appraiser and Certified Valuation Analyst credentials. Mark has also earned the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He lives in Northeast Portland with his wife of 27 years.

Mark enjoys “good” music, wine tasting, golf, running and just hanging out with his family. He serves on the finance committee for Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Mark spent the better part of his early years playing drums in various rock, blues and country bands.  About five years ago, after taking a more than two decade break, he dusted off his drums and began playing again. Currently he plays for the 8:30am contemporary service of Augustana Lutheran Church in NE Portland (September through Mid-June Church year).

Mark’s Favorites:

Wine: Pinot Noir from Suefert Winery
Restaurant: BTU Brasserie Chinese Cuisine & Brewery
Golf Course: Columbia Edgewater Country Club