Ray joined Schneider Downs in 1975, becoming chief executive officer in 1985. He served as Chairman of the firm from 2014-2017. Today, Ray remains of special counsel with the firm. His administrative accounting capabilities are enhanced by his in-depth understanding of the acquisition and sale of businesses and general business planning, including consulting.


B.S. – Business Administration, University of Notre Dame

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants

Board Member—World Presidents Organization, Pittsburgh Chapter

Past Chairman and Board Member—Young Presidents Organization, Pittsburgh Chapter

Past President, Executive Committee Member, Advisory Board Chairperson and Board Member—Notre Dame Club of Pittsburgh

Board Member—Neighbors in the Strip

Board Member—Vincentian Collaborative System Foundation

Allegheny Conference, Regional Investor Council

Member—AICPA Nominations Committee

Advisory Boards of numerous closely held entities


Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
My passions are family, friends and travel

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
The advice to pass on the Big 8 (it was a long time ago) and find a good local CPA firm to start my career

Who was your role model?
I’m fortunate to have had three role models:
Raymond W. Buehler, Sr., for his integrity and values, and his commitment to family and integrity
Bill Hoag, who preached to “kill ‘em with kindness”
Jim Schneider, who taught the value of marketing with a commitment to working hard

What was your childhood dream?
To be like my father, with a commitment to family, as well as business and financial success.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?
I wouldn’t change a thing.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?

The fact that I’ve been part of the same company for more than 41 years, and the fact that we’ve grown from 22 employees to more than 400…while keeping our corporate culture and focus intact.

What was your first job?
I was a bus boy at Bonanza restaurant, making $1 an hour.

Do you have a “motto?”
One word:  Care.

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Stay with public accounting and find your passion. The experience will serve you well no matter where your career path leads. Most of all: Care about all that you do, and you will succeed.

Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: A Family-owned Business Needing Tax Advice.

Big Thinking: $1.4 Million In Eligible Deductions.

Shareholder MARK DIPIETRANTONIO has been with the firm since 1995 and brings extensive experience in all areas of tax planning, research and compliance.
When Mark was introduced to a new client, he learned through the course of the conversations about the nature of the business, their clients, and most interestingly, that they were not utilizing all of the tax deductions available in this specific industry. After some research, we determined that they were eligible for large deductions in excess of $1.4 million dollars, which had a huge impact on this family-owned business. “It felt great to be able to deliver such positive and unexpected news to this small business owner,” DiPietrantonio said. “By immediately amending the tax returns for the prior years in which the statute of limitations had not closed, we were able to secure a significant refund for them.” 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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