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Mark Illikainen, CPA, CGMA

Having your taxes done can be stressful. No one knows this better than Mark Illikainen. Mark is a CPA and is our tax manager here at Anderson Kuiti and Asuma. After speaking with him for just a few minutes, you begin to feel more relaxed. Mark has a compassionate way of listening that makes you feel your concerns have been heard. Even if he can’t make your tax bill go away, you will feel better knowing that he did everything he could to make it as painless as possible. 

Mark is continually trying to improve. He has become a scholar of personal and professional development. This is of significant benefit to his clients. He wants to do more than just complete your tax return. He wants to provide value by analyzing the financial data and giving sound business advice. He wants to know what keeps you up at night and help find a way to manage the risk. Finding the key performance indicators related to the business risks so you are always on top of the most important aspects of your success. He knows from experience that what gets measured gets managed. 

Speaking of experience – Mark has lots of it! He worked in public accounting for over 20 years and then was hired by one of his clients. He worked in industry for another 8 years and is now sharing all of that experience with our clients here at AKA. Mark likes to say he operates from a square box. He certainly likes things orderly. In order to balance out the hectic tax season, Mark spends a lot of his free time involved in his church, reading, and even weeding the garden – to keep it orderly. He lives in Cloquet with his wife, Tina whom he married as soon as he got his first professional job in 1984!