Thomas E. Higgins, ASA, Chairman

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Mr. Higgins has participated extensively in corporate valuation studies, expert testimony and settlement hearings with the Internal Revenue Service. Prior to the formation of Higgins, Marcus & Lovett, Inc., in 1980, he was Vice President and Regional Manager of a national valuation organization. His initial research training was with a New York Stock Exchange member firm and as a portfolio manager of an investment counseling firm.

Mr. Higgins earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He served on the faculty of the Graduate School of Business of Pepperdine University, where he taught finance in the M.B.A. program. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association, and has been appointed to the Association’s Commercial Panel of Arbitrators. He has served as a public arbitrator in numerous matters for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. Mr. Higgins is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers. His discipline is Business Valuation.

Mr. Higgins has been qualified as an expert in business valuation matters in superior courts throughout California and in federal courts, including the U.S. Tax Court. He is a frequent speaker at seminars and educational programs relating to the valuation of closely held businesses. Mr. Higgins provides ongoing business valuation counsel to a number of privately held businesses and serves on several corporate boards.

Mark C. Higgins, ASA, President

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Mr. Higgins graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Finance and Business Economics from the University of Southern California, where he later received his M.B.A. with honors. He is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers (the “ASA”) in the discipline of Business Valuation. He is a past chairman of the business valuation committee of the ASA’s Los Angeles chapter. Mr. Higgins has been qualified in various superior courts in California and in U.S. Tax Court as an expert witness in valuation matters and has provided testimony in numerous civil cases and in settlement hearings with the Internal Revenue Service.

Prior to joining Higgins, Marcus & Lovett, Inc., Mr. Higgins, held a variety of management positions with Security Pacific Bank and Wells Fargo Bank. He has worked extensively with business owners and financial, legal, and accounting professionals, advising them on matters related to business valuation and treasury management. He has advised a wide range of businesses – from the Fortune 500 to the middle market – that represent a broad array of business sectors throughout the U.S. He has been a speaker at numerous regional and national conferences on subjects related to appraisal, financial management and banking.

Michael J. Farrand, ASA, Principal

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Since joining HML in 1993, Mr. Farrand has performed and supervised appraisal projects covering a wide range of industries (please see our industry experience tab on our website). Areas of focus include gift and estate tax appraisals, appraisals of loss of business goodwill in eminent domain matters, and valuations of companies owned by employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Mr. Farrand has testified in state court, mediation and arbitration, and has participated in numerous meetings with auditors and appeals officers of the Internal Revenue Service. Specific to the topic of ESOPs, Mr. Farrand has served on the Steering Committee of the California/Western States Chapter of The ESOP Association since 2011 and is a member of the National Center for Employee Ownership.

Mr. Farrand earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (emphasis in economics) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (emphasis in finance) from Southern Methodist University. He earned a Master in Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University. Mr. Farrand is an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers, Business Valuation discipline.

Mr. Farrand has been a guest lecturer on the subject of business valuation at Pepperdine University and the University of California at Los Angeles. Prior to joining HML, Mr. Farrand worked as a financial analyst and loan officer in the commercial banking industry.

Thomas J. McLain, Senior Associate

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Mr. McLain graduated cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in both Economics and Political Science. He earned his M.B.A. from the University of Southern California Marshall School. Prior to joining Higgins, Marcus & Lovett, Inc., Mr. McLain was employed at Sorrento Networks Corporation, a manufacturer of optical networking transmission equipment. At Sorrento, Mr. McLain’s duties included performing valuations of competitors and potential acquisition candidates. Prior to Sorrento, Mr. McLain was an associate with Wilshire Associates Incorporated, an institutional investment consulting and services firm.

Patrick M. McGowan, Senior Associate

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Mr. McGowan graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.B.A. in Finance in May 2011. Prior to joining Higgins, Marcus & Lovett, Inc., Mr. McGowan was employed as a Summer Business Intern at Heritage Trust Company in Taos, New Mexico.

Peter Singer, Associate

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Mr. Singer graduated with a B.S. in Finance from the University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business. He later earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, Graziadio School of Business and Management, where he graduated with honors. Prior to joining Higgins, Marcus & Lovett, Mr. Singer was employed as a real estate analyst with American Realty Capital Advisors in Laguna Hills, California.He is currently enrolled in the Chartered Financial Analyst program through the CFA Institute.

Mary Ann Ortolano, Director of Client Services

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Ms. Ortolano graduated from Alfred State University in New York. Prior to joining Higgins, Marcus & Lovett, Inc., Ms. Ortolano spent over 15 years with Security Pacific Bank and Bank of America, where she held a variety of marketing positions in the investment, merchant and international banking groups.

Veronica Harrington, Office Administrator

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Prior to joining Higgins, Marcus & Lovett, Inc., Ms. Harrington held a variety of positions in office management, accounting, and human resources management with Lehman Brothers, Barclays Wealth Americas, and Service Academy Capital Management. She is the President of California Continuing Education, Inc., a California educational non-profit.