About Our Team
Sharai M. Lavoie, MBA, CPA, CGMA
As CEO Sharai Lavoie brings over 19 years of extensive operational and financial experience working with numerous clients to drive profitable and growth. Sharai has managed the nuances of companies with annual revenues ranging from $12 to $170+ million. A graduate of Johnson C. Smith University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Lavoie later earned her MBA from Wingate University and served as Director of Financial Services for a network of health care-related companies (CHMG Solutions/CHMG Capital).
Sharai’s financial background in accounting and information systems support has provided a proven foundation for strategic thinking and accounting services, including reporting and counsel. Sharai resources daily operations and business development.
In 2017, Sharai received the “Top 25 Outstanding Businesswomen” award by the Charlotte Business Journal for her significant contributions to her profession and community. (NC CPA License #35212)
Mark Lavoie, CGEIT, CISM, MCSA
On the information technology side of the business, Mark Lavoie provides IT services, infrastructure and operational assistance, including security and back-end functions. Mark’s background includes roles as administrator, developer, analyst, manager and VP at companies ranging from financial institutions to insurance firms. He was also one of the technical editors for the beginning and professional vb.NET 2008 technical books for Wiley Publishing. This rich breadth of experience fuels Mark’s expertise when it comes to ascertaining a company’s technical requirements in relation to the type of business it conducts.
Mark provides solutions analysis, which can include everything from project management oversight, creating disaster recovery plans to developing secure IT infrastructures. He also provides support and oversight for programming or addressing clients’ networking needs.
Mark’s certifications include CGEIT – Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT, CISM – Certified Information Security Manager and MCSA – Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate – Windows 2012 Server
Director – Business Development
Leading the business development side, Mark Colwell brings over 15 years of experience in business development, marketing and consulting. Mark’s primary focus is to build awareness about Lavoie CPA’s unique capabilities among prospective clients, and develop and maintain relationships with current and past clients. He is an advocate of the company’s vision to increase financial performance of organizations through the combination of technology and process enhancements, enabling companies to achieve greater success.
Prior to joining Lavoie CPA, Mark spent close to 10 years in the software consulting industry. Mark began his software career as a business development representative of an eProcurement company. A graduate of Roanoke College with BA in International Relations, Mark is a passionate sports fan and enjoys spending quality time with his wife, 3 children, and 2 dogs.
Getting to Know our Team Mascot
Mr Potato Head
Mr. Potato Head is a pioneer in the toy industry. He conveys versatility with his limitless configurations. He encourages learning through experience and always stays current by changing with the times.
In addition, Mr. Potato Head has also acted as spokesman for several causes. In 1987, Mr Potato Head surrendered his pipe to become the spokesperson for the American Cancer Society’s annual “Great American Smokeout” campaign. In 1992, he received a special award from the President’s Council for Physical Fitness. In 1996, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head joined the League of Women Voters and their “Get Out to Vote” campaign. In 2011, he took part in the “Let’s Move Campaign” encouraging physical fitness.
Nickname: Sweet Potato Cloud
Book: The Lean Startup
Movie: Toy Story
Food: French fries (but don’t tell anyone)
Music: Smooth Jazz
Dance move: Shopping Cart
Hero: 2015 Cam Newton
Unknown fact: My grandfather was the first American toy advertised on TV
Why I Love Lavoie CPA: We all can get mixed up sometimes and they are the best at putting everything back in working order. And believe me, I know a little something about that!