Brett has more than 10 years of experience providing tax advisory services. He has served privately-held corporations, partnerships, LLCs and individual clients, advising on various issues involving federal, international and state and local tax matters. Brett is primarily involved in tax planning, research and compliance issues for corporate and pass-through entities as well as individuals.

Brett has extensive experience working with companies operating in industry sectors ranging from automotive/motorcycle, retail, transportation and logistics, real estate, construction and service companies. He also has experience with transfers and acquisitions of interests in partnerships and closely-held corporations, as well as clients with tax exposure from foreign owned investments.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Member—The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants


Do you have a hobby/personal passion?   
My passions are family (which includes our dogs), friends, travel, and exercise.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received? 
Treat others the way you want to be treated.

People would be surprised to know that I… 
My wife and I own and operate Verve, a gym in Columbus, OH.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
Helping clients and coworkers solve problems on a daily basis.

What was your first job?
Little league umpire

Do you have a “motto”? (spoken or unspoken)
The way you do anything is the way you do everything.

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?  
If I have a free hour, I will likely either be at the gym or finding some home improvement project to tinker with.

Do you have advice for young professionals? 
Be relentlessly curious – there is something new to be learned every day.

Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: A Global Company Needing Better Internal Controls.

Big Thinking: A Network Of Professionals To Implement Best Practices.

Shareholder JIM YARD is Schneider Downs’ practice leader for our Risk Advisory Services Department. Jim specializes in providing risk management, internal audit, and internal control consulting services.
 One of our clients was a large consumer markets company with a global footprint. We learned that the company wanted to improve overall corporate governance and internal controls. Jim’s team was called upon to help with an evaluation since leadership at the company realized the need for a firm with international experience in multiple countries and languages. With the assistance of country-specific resources through Prime Global - one of the largest associations of independent public accounting firms in the world - and a consistent core team based in Pittsburgh, we have been able to provide the expertise necessary to develop and assist the company in building and establishing a global internal audit function, and bringing best practices across their global operations and core processes. “By accessing industry expertise, assessing risk and pulling in subject matter and international specialists, we were able to direct the company’s plans to implement best practices, mitigate risks, standardize their processes and create efficiencies throughout its operations and business units,” Jim said. “The client has recognized the success of this partnership and has gone on to award us other projects including on-going international location reviews, various operational and process reviews, systems implementation/migration, and fraud investigations.” Schneider Downs provides Big Thinking and Personal focus in delivering a variety of services for large and small businesses, both publicly and privately held, as well as nonprofit organizations, government entities and more. Through our commitment to thought leadership and knowledge management, we deliver the solutions our clients need with a personal commitment to service.

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