JAMES A. SAYRE CPA

Jim possesses more than 15 years of experience in consulting and advising public and privately held clients in the areas of income and franchise taxation. As a Shareholder in the tax department, Jim is one of our firm’s leading experts in the area of accounting for income tax, including accounting for mergers and acquisitions, in accordance with ASC 740.

Jim has served clients in various industries, including healthcare, retail, manufacturing, technology and professional services. He provides services to the firm’s clients that include the coordination and review of corporate, partnership and individual tax returns, including implementation of tax planning strategies.

Prior to working at Schneider Downs, Jim worked at a Big Four accounting firm and a large regional firm, where he provided tax compliance and advisory services to clients ranging from multi-national public entities to family-owned businesses.

Education

B.S.B.A.- Accounting, Youngstown State University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Member—Schneider Downs SEC and Private Equity Practice Groups

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Do you have a hobby/personal passion?
I enjoy playing and watching basketball.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
Everyone has something to teach so look for the lessons you can learn from other’s experiences.

Who is your role model?
I’ve had many in different aspects, but above all and for many reasons, my role model has been my grandfather.  He taught me to look for the value in a hard day’s work and that sometimes doing a task that others do not want to do can lead to better opportunities.

What was your childhood dream?
I wanted to be a doctor…..right up until I took my first science class and realized I should stick with math.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self? 
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, because those will teach the most impactful lessons.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
The collaborative environment helping to learn from each other’s viewpoints and experiences.

What was your first job?
I worked at a carnival running different games….my first experience with long hours.

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?
Spend time with my son and daughter.

Do you have advice for young professionals? 
Stay open to new experiences especially those that challenge you.  The areas that are difficult provide the most learning opportunities and the struggle helps you grow.

Our Thoughts On

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Big Problem: Accurately Gauging Employee Credit Card Usage.


Big Thinking: Revised Policies To Safeguard Client Funds.

KIM GRIFFITH has more than 30 years of accounting experience and specializes in providing audit, tax and business consulting services to not-for-profit and governmental clients. She joined Schneider Downs in 2016 and provides clients with a range of services including budgeting, account systems, reviews of policies and procedures and strategic planning.
One of Kim’s clients operates multiple community-living homes and was struggling to determine if employees were using their company credit cards appropriately. Through audit procedures, they were able to uncover questionable transitions and change the credit card usage policies. “We were able to identify a new purchasing card provider for our client and assess the data that they could utilize under this new system,” said Kim. “That way, they can more effectively monitor the transactions through automated reporting which safeguards the client’s funds.” 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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