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Mark R. Torello, CPA, CFE, CISA
founded The Technology Group,
LLC, a subsidiary of Whittlesey &
Hadley, in 1997. The Technology
Group provides IT services, software
and hardware solutions, consulting,
and data security services to non-
profit, medical, financial, and other
Mark is a Certified Fraud Examiner
and Certified Information Systems
Auditor and chair of the CTCPA
Technology Interest Group.
He can be reached at 860-524-4433
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