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About Us

About Our Firm

For years, Chris Mahr + Associates CPAs has been providing quality, personalized financial guidance to local individuals and businesses. Our expertise ranges from basic tax management and accounting services to more in-depth services such as audits, financial statements, and financial planning.

Chris Mahr + Associates CPAs is one of the leading firms in and throughout Bend. By combining our expertise, experience and the team mentality of our staff, we assure that every client receives the close analysis and attention they deserve. Our dedication to high standards, hiring of seasoned tax professionals, and work ethic is the reason our client base returns year after year.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help clients maintain financial viability in the present, while taking a proactive approach to achieve future goals. This requires open communication to reach an understanding of our clients' needs through research and sound analysis. Chris Mahr + Associates CPAs is dedicated to meeting these goals with high standards of excellence and professionalism. We have been a staple of Bend's business community for years, and pride ourselves on the level of esteem we have earned.

Our dedication to hard work has earned the respect of the business and financial community in and around Bend. We believe this to be a direct derivative of our talent and responsiveness to our client base. Whether you are a current or prospective client, rest assured that individuals and businesses who choose Chris Mahr + Associates CPAs receive competent and timely advice.

 

CHRISTOPHER L MAHR, CPA

 

Chris Mahr has served in public accounting since 1989. Chris is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Municipal Auditor in the State of Oregon. In 1991, he graduated Cum Laude from Humboldt State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting.

Chris began his career in Northern California with a local accounting firm that specialized in serving closely held businesses and municipalities. He relocated to Central Oregon in 1993 providing professional services to individuals, closely held businesses, municipalities and non-profit organizations. Mr. Mahr was the audit. partner for a large central Oregon firm for nearly seven years before establishing Chris Mahr Associates  CPAs.

Throughout his career, he has directed the audits and audits of various commercial businesses, municipalities and non-profit organizations with budgets in excess of $100 million and over 1,000 employees. His extensive experience includes audits of organizations subject to the Minimum Standards of Oregon Municipal Corporations, the Government Accounting Office and A-133 Single Audits. He also has assisted municipal audit clients with the preparation of their Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). In the past, he has assisted special districts and local governments in the areas of finance and budget, government regulation and other special projects.

He specializes in tax planning, accounting and financial consulting for businesses and high net worth individuals. He enjoys working with closely held business owners and their families plan for retirement, education funding and business succession. His experience includes assisting business owners develop strategies to capitalize their companies and evaluate purchase or sale strategies of business interests.

Chris is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. He has served as a committee member for various non-profit organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Deschutes Children's Foundation and is a founding member of central Oregon's Junior Golf Performance Academy. When he is not crunching numbers, he spends time coaching youth sports and spending time with his family.

 

SANDRA FREEMAN, CPA

 

Sandy Freeman has danced with numbers as a Certified Public Accountant, in public accounting for ten years and in the accounting profession for over fifteen years. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and General Business and received accounting and law education from the University of New Mexico. She passed the CPA exam, upon completion of that education.

Sandy began her career in public accounting in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She worked for five years with KPMG, LLP, an international accounting firm, as a member of their audit group. Upon moving to Central Oregon, Sandy worked for a local governmental organization that provides affordable housing options in the roles of Finance Director, Asset Manager and Development Director for a total of seven years. She has worked with local public accounting firms in central Oregon since 2008 and since it's establishment, she has been an integral part of the firm of Chris Mahr + Associates I CPAs.

Sandy has a strong background as an auditor and has worked with a variety of clients including governmental organizations nonprofit foundations, private and publicly-traded for-profit entities, financial institutions and healthcare. Her extensive experience includes audits of organizations subject to the Minimum Standards of Oregon Municipal Corporations, the Government Accounting Office and A-133 Single Audits. She also has experience working within a municipal corporation in the areas of finance, bond/debt issuance, grant application/management and affordable housing development. Sandy draws on this broad base of experience in assisting and auditing clients.

Sandy is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Oregon and also has an Oregon Municipal Auditor license. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants. She currently serves on the Deschutes Public Library Foundation board. She has volunteered as a financial literacy teacher and Site Council Member for the Tumalo Community School in 2007 and 2004-2006, respectively.

When not on the audit trail, she may be found at her son's Lacrosse game or recreating with family and friends. She relishes hikes, haikus and dancing - with or without numbers.