Jim serves as the practice leader for the firm’s Risk Advisory Department. Jim specializes in providing risk management, internal audit and internal control consulting services.

Jim serves as the practice leader for the firm’s Risk Advisory Services Department. Jim specializes in providing risk management, internal audit, Sarbanes-Oxley, business process optimization and internal control consulting services. In addition, he has directed numerous process and control improvement projects at several financial service companies. During the past 25 years, 19 of those in internal audit and risk management, Jim has directed the internal audit and governance aspects for several large public and private companies. In his current role, Jim is responsible for the delivery of internal audit and risk advisory services to several of Western Pennsylvania’s and Central Ohio’s largest public and private companies. In serving these organizations, he has provided services to clients in both a full internal audit outsource capacity, as well as in a co-source relationship. Jim’s client portfolio consists of a high concentration of financial service companies for which he was responsible for planning, coordinating and managing internal audits and delivering services in the areas of enterprise-wide risk assessment, 404 Sarbanes-Oxley support, business process improvement and compliance reviews. Jim also held a position in internal audit with a large publicly held specialty metals company.


B.S. – Business Administration, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Board Member—The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA), Pittsburgh Chapter

Past International Committee Member—The Institute of Internal Auditors

Member—The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

Chairman of the Executive Board—Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania


Who is your role model? 
My father

What is the best advice you ever received?
Work hard. Nothing in life is given, it is earned.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your college self?
Don’t be in such a rush to get into the real world. Enjoy every moment.

What was your first job?
I was a produce clerk for a local grocery store.

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Ask questions – you don’t know all of the answers. Don’t be afraid to seek the insight of those around you.

Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: The Tax Implications Of Overseas Valuations.

Big Thinking: $1 Million In Tax Savings.

Shareholder MARY RICHTER has more than 20 years of public accounting experience since joining Schneider Downs in 2002. She has expertise with domestic and international tax planning, state tax nexus, tax credits, accounting for income taxes, and specific transaction planning and implementation.
One of Mary’s clients was reorganizing their overseas operating structure and wanted to move certain assets to different jurisdictions. The client had been purchased by a Private Equity group and called us about updating a valuation we had previously done for the business. In addition to working through the valuation questions, we were able to identify an opportunity to revise their restructuring plan to avoid taxation of a significant portion of the transactions. “By asking questions, having a strong understanding of their needs, and collaborating with the client, we were able to save them roughly $1 million in taxes,” Mary said. “Plus, our plan enabled them to generate future tax deductions overseas to offset the current cost of restructuring. We also saved them substantially on fees.” 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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