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Erika Keough, MBA, SHRM-SCP

Erika Keough is passionate about enhancing business performance through the People function. As the Director, Value Advisory at SD Capital, she concentrates on the human element within the value creation process for business owners seeking future growth, exit, or sale opportunities. Erika provides advice and insights related to organizational structure and development, leadership and team effectiveness, compensation and incentive planning, as well as retention strategies focused on culture and human capital efficiencies.

Prior to joining SD Capital, Erika founded Le Breton Group providing People and Talent strategic consulting and advisory services for early-stage startups and small to mid-sized companies. Erika has over twenty years in the talent acquisition and HR space as a leader and practitioner for a variety of tech companies.


MBA Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, VA

B.A. Business Administration and Spanish, Austin College, TX

Professional and Community Involvement

SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) Certification

Entrepreneur in Residence—Darden School of Business, University of Virginia

Advisory board member—Happyly

Member—Alliance of Mergers & Acquisitions (AM&AA)

Member—Women in Technology (WIT)

Member—NeXco National

Job Counselor—Together We Bake


Do you have a hobby/personal passion?
Spending time with family and friends; Running, triathlons and general health and fitness

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?  
Treat people the way you would like to be treated.

People would be surprised to know that I…
Can’t carry a tune if my life depended on it

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?   
I love seeing the potential in people at all levels. I take pride in having helped shape the trajectory of so many companies and individuals over my career.

Do you have a “motto”? (spoken or unspoken) 
“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.”-Will Rogers

Erika Keough

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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