Evan is a shareholder in the Tax Advisory Services department with more than 23 years of experience in all areas of tax compliance and reporting, planning and research. He serves clients in a number of industries, including manufacturing, technology, distribution, professional services and private equity. His expertise includes tax planning and the development and communication of tax strategies to management along with the review of corporate, partnership and individual income tax returns.

Evan has significant experience in GAAP accounting and reporting, including ASC 740 income taxes and tax provision calculations. He works with the Schneider Downs Business Advisory department on tax due diligence procedures related to buy-side and sell-side transactions, specifically in identifying and qualifying the risks and maximizing benefits with transaction structure.

Evan has also worked with the firm’s Internal Audit department assisting clients with their review of internal controls and processes as they relate to income taxes and ensuring compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley.


B.S.B.A. – Accounting, John Carroll University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member – American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Member of the Schneider Downs Manufacturing Industry Group

Chair – Schneider Downs Private Equity Industry Group

Board Member – Advantage Credit Counseling Service


What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
You only have one chance to make a first impression – which was told to me by Carl Monastra, my tax professor at John Carroll University.

Who was your role model?
My father, who worked multiple jobs to provide every opportunity for our family.

What was your childhood dream?
I wasn’t a big dreamer – but I fully expected to be the front man in a hair-metal band playing stadium shows. I guess being a tax advisor isn’t a bad alternative.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
I spend most of my day helping people. I help clients with tax matters and planning opportunities. I help our staff work through issues and coach them in their personal development. I help a non-profit organization to address challenges during tough economic conditions. It gives me great satisfaction to help people.

Do you have advice for young professionals?
You’ve got 40 years of working life ahead of you. Find something that you are passionate about and a place that will provide you with opportunities to succeed.

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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