John will serve as the lead relationship and audit shareholder. He joined Schneider Downs in 2005 after spending 18 years with a national accounting firm, including the last six years as an audit partner. John has more than 34 years of professional experience serving higher education, health care, arts organizations, foundations and other not-for-profit clients. He is an experienced business advisor, providing clients with timely, innovative and high-quality advice on a broad array of accounting, finance, corporate governance and general business issues.

John also has significant experience serving publicly traded and privately held, middlemarket companies in the manufacturing, distribution, construction and services industries. He is also a frequent speaker on various auditing and accounting topics and has significant experience providing audits under OMB Uniform Grant Guidance and ERISA/DOL requirements.


B.S. – Accounting, Penn State University

Professional and Community Involvement

Chair—Schneider Downs Higher Education Services Industry Group

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Member—National Association of College and University Business Officers

Member—Board of Directors, Focus on Renewal Neighborhood Corporation

Treasurer—Westminster Presbyterian Church of Upper St. Clair


Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
I enjoy my family and playing golf. At work, I love building great teams.

What was your childhood dream?
To become a Major League Baseball player

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?
Build and grow relationships – you’ll spend the rest of your life expanding and building upon them.

What was your first job?
I was a paperboy.

Do you have a “motto?”
“What’s next?”

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Don’t be afraid to figure out what you like and what you are good at. Hopefully at some point in your life, you’ll find a few things that appear on both lists.

Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: A Limited Employee Benefit Plan.

Big Thinking: Increased Contributions And Employee Retention.

Shareholder JOE BRUCE has more than 21 years of public accounting experience since joining Schneider Downs in 1996. He has expertise with a variety of clients including construction, manufacturing, retail, oil and gas industries, and employee benefit plans.
One of Joe’s clients had a successful business and was interested in contributing more to their retirement accounts. However, the client was limited by the existing employee benefit plan structure and IRS contribution limitations on their existing structure. Joe’s team was familiar with the structure of their existing plan and offered to do an analysis of their options. “The Schneider Downs Retirement Plan Solutions Group suggested a cash balance plan and provided an analysis to the business owners which quantified the impact and provided options to allow the client to evaluate the direction they were most comfortable moving forward with.” Bruce said. “The client elected to adopt the cash balance plan and was able to significantly increase contributions into the owners’ retirement accounts. This also enhanced the quality of the retirement benefits for their employees, which in turn helped improve employee retention.” 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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