David is a shareholder in Schneider Downs’ Tax Advisory Services. He has 14 years of experience working with national and regional firms with a focus on privately held organizations and their owners.

David has been with the firm for 3 years and over that time has developed strong relationships with his clients through his efforts to be extremely responsive and proactive in assisting his clients as their trusted tax advisor through acquisitions, divestitures, sales and reorganizations. David has extensive experience working with organizations utilizing complex partnership structures and assisting those organizations with proper planning and reporting to their investors. He also has significant experience with multi state tax filings and non-resident state withholding and composite issues.


B.S. -Accountancy, Miami University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Member—Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants



Do you have a hobby/personal passion?   
Planning road trips and camping trips for my family to enjoy.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?  
Take more risks socially, academically, and professionally.

People would be surprised to know that I…  
Jumped out of an airplane for the sole purposes of impressing my now wife.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career? 
Getting to know and work with many talented people

What was your first job?    
Bus boy/Dishwasher at the Original Pancake House

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?    
Go for a walk with my family around the neighborhood stopping to say hello to any dogs or neighbors we see along the way.

Do you have advice for young professionals?  
Consistently put forth your best effort and do not be afraid of challenges.

Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: High Tax Burden For Family-owned Franchisor.

Big Thinking: Comprehensive Planning For A 15% Tax Reduction.

A tax shareholder with more than 25 years of private and public accounting experience, CHRIS MCELROY joined Schneider Downs in 2017 and advises clients in diverse sectors, including consumer products and retail, healthcare, and manufacturing and distribution. Chris' team went to the aid of a family-owned retailer/franchisor that needed to reduce its tax burden to better align with the long-term vision for the business. Schneider Downs' shareholder-led service model positioned the team to have a sophisticated understanding of the client's objectives and leverage opportunities afforded by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "We helped the client implement a structure to get requisite cash flows to the owners while taking advantage of favorable corporate tax rates, non-U.S. tax planning, and other tax provisions such as QBI and FDII,” said McElroy. “We were able to reduce their overall annual global tax burden by nearly 15% as a result." 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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