George is a tax shareholder who has been serving clients with the firm since 1997 and has more than 25 years of experience in public accounting. He has broad expertise in areas of tax planning and compliance for closely held corporations, partnerships and S corporations, including, asset and stock acquisitions, corporate restructuring, multi-state tax planning, compensation planning, business exit and succession planning strategies, federal and state income and excise tax examinations.

George advises clients in a number of diversified industries, including professional services, natural resources, real estate and retail and restaurant. George is also the chair of the firm’s Professional Services Industry Group.

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA and PICPA)

Member—PICPA Federal Tax Committee

Advisory Panel Member—PowerLink

Member—Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association

Leadership Pittsburgh XXVIX graduate

Prime Global Partner Leadership Development Graduate

Past Member of Executive Board and Board of Directors—Venture Outdoors


Do you have a hobby or personal passion?

Anything having to do with the outdoors

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?

Treat others the way you wish to be treated

Who was your role model?

My Dad

What was your childhood dream?

I dreamed of playing basketball in the NBA

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?

Stay focused and disciplined and good things will happen

What was your first job?

I had a paper route.

Do you have a “motto?”

Lead through service to others

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?

Play guitar

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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