Mark Prater, B.S. '81
Senate Finance Committee Chief Tax Counsel
2012 Distinguished Accounting Alumni Award Winner
Please join local business leaders in honoring Mark Prater as the 2012 Distinguished Accounting Alumnus. Hear him speak about health care, tax reform, and his experiences as the Super Committee's Staff Director.
Mark Prater earned his BA in Accounting from Portland State in 1981. He is currently the deputy staff director and minority chief tax counsel on the Senate Finance Committee. It's a pressure cooker job, but he has stayed with it for more than 20 years and through three strong chairmen.
Prater became the committee's chief tax counsel when Sen. Robert Packwood was chair, who is well-liked and widely praised on both sides of the aisle. Prater’s expertise extends beyond taxes to other areas under the Finance Committee’s jurisdiction including health care.
Given the shifting personalities and the rigors of the Finance Committee's work, staff turnover is high. In fact, Prater is the only staff member remaining from the Packwood era. He attributes his longevity in part to the committee's interest in maintaining continuity.
"Tax law affects everyone. With so many competing issues at stake, you have to find a way to balance between the way a law affects various groups of people." - Mark Prater
September 10, 2012
Portland Art Museum
Kridel Grand Ballroom
1119 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Table:$600 (includes two tickets to the pre-lunch VIP reception with Mr. Prater starting 11 am)
Thanks to our table sponsors!
Avamere Health Services, LLC
The Boeing Company
Grant Thornton LLP
Hamstreet & Associates
Perkins & Co
Portland State University, School of Business Graduate Programs
Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon
Talbot, Korvola & Warwick, LLP
Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP
LifeWise Health Plan of Oregon