Ron Wollett has an over 28-year history in both public accounting and industry tax. He spent 23 years in public accounting at large national firms serving businesses from SEC registrants to family-owned businesses. Ron’s clients spanned a variety of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, construction, public utilities and retail. For the past five years, Ron has held the position of Chief Tax Officer for a family-owned executive management company that served a number of related operating entities in a variety of industries.

As a seasoned leader and problem-solver, Ron has a strong background of heading multifunctional teams, including multistate and international tax professionals, to provide high-level and insightful service to clients and owners. Ron has significant experience in C corporation and flow-through entity tax planning, business structuring and re-structuring, accounting methods and periods, various tax and cash flow savings strategies and tax planning for high-net-worth individuals.

Ron brings years of experience and broad skill set to each client relationship to help clients minimize their tax burden and manage their tax risk.


J.D. With Honors—The Ohio State University
B.S. Summa Cum Laude – Business Administration, Honors Accounting—The Ohio State University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Ohio Society of CPAs

Member—the Columbus Bar Association

Member and former Chair—the Advisory Council for The Mentoring Center of Central Ohio


Do you have a hobby or personal passion? 
I enjoy playing tennis (every Tuesday), working out, spending time with my wife, kids and dogs, anything Buckeye related and working with and on behalf of Mentor Central Ohio.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received? 
A simple phrase that takes me back to Latin class at St. Charles Prep. and has been made famous by more than one movie- “Carpe Diem.”

Who is your role model?
I’ve had many mentors and friends that have provided me counsel along the way.  If I had to pick one, I would pick John Glenn.  I had the pleasure to interact with the Senator from time to time and I was always in awe of how he carried himself, how he took time for everyone and the relationship he shared with his wife Annie.

What was your childhood dream?
I wanted either to play baseball for the NY Mets or be the President of the United States.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self? 
Take more time to celebrate every milestone in, and aspect of, life.  Time moves too fast……..

People would be surprised to know that I…
We undertook a total rehab of a historic condo in a building that was the first condo building in Columbus at the beginning of COVID.  We moved in last year and could not be happier (in spite of many headaches along the way).

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career? 
The people I have met along the way.  I have many great friendships near and far.  Living the case study of the collapse of Andersen was also very interesting.

What was your first job? 
Grill cook at Bob Evans.  Still make a mean French toast, just ask my daughter.

Do you have a “motto”? (spoken or unspoken)
“It is what it is.”  I have a plaque given to me by a dear friend and former partner to prove it.  I use this phrase to remember not to dwell on why things may have gotten a bit sideways or not gone my way, but to focus on the fix and/or move on to “next.”

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do? 
Sometimes, I like to  just dial up some music and either think or not think, depending on the circumstance (queue my wife saying “earphones please!”).

Do you have advice for young professionals?  
Two thoughts: 1. Embrace change and new experiences, they will enrich your professional growth, 2. Try to create fun in all you do, it will make the winding road easier, and more interesting, to navigate.

Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: High Tax Burden For Family-owned Franchisor.

Big Thinking: Comprehensive Planning For A 15% Tax Reduction.

A tax shareholder with more than 25 years of private and public accounting experience, CHRIS MCELROY joined Schneider Downs in 2017 and advises clients in diverse sectors, including consumer products and retail, healthcare, and manufacturing and distribution. Chris' team went to the aid of a family-owned retailer/franchisor that needed to reduce its tax burden to better align with the long-term vision for the business. Schneider Downs' shareholder-led service model positioned the team to have a sophisticated understanding of the client's objectives and leverage opportunities afforded by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. "We helped the client implement a structure to get requisite cash flows to the owners while taking advantage of favorable corporate tax rates, non-U.S. tax planning, and other tax provisions such as QBI and FDII,” said McElroy. “We were able to reduce their overall annual global tax burden by nearly 15% as a result." 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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