Ryan started at Schneider Downs in 2009 and provides services to both public and privately held companies, primarily those within the construction and manufacturing sectors. He also has extensive experience serving the employee benefit plans of his clients.

Ryan is a member of the firm’s Construction Industry Group and serves as the firm’s subject matter expert related to Topic 606 Revenue Recognition for companies within that sector.

Ryan provides accounting and assurance services to his client base, which includes planning and managing the execution of the firm’s accounting and auditing approach, evaluating systems of internal control and advising clients on the application of technical accounting matters.

His responsibilities require him to stay current on all recent accounting developments as well as trending business developments within the industries served. Ryan frequently presents during internal firm training seminars and writes articles for the firm’s website.


Master of Professional Accountancy—West Virginia University
B.S.—Business Administration, West Virginia University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Audit Committee Chair—Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh

Member—Schneider Downs Construction Industry Group

Former Member—PICPA Professional Ethics Committee

Former Member—Surety Association of Pittsburgh


Do you have a hobby/personal passion?   
Sports has always been a passion of mine.  I’ve always enjoyed playing and watching sports and now have the pleasure of coaching my kids.

Who is your role model?  
My older brother, Greg.  I had a habit of copying him up until he decided to become a chemical engineer!

What was your childhood dream?  
To be a major league baseball player.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?    
My career has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of great people and travel to some neat places.

What was your first job? 
Teller at a Credit Union.

Do you have a “motto”? (spoken or unspoken) 
Work hard.  Play hard.

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?   
Grab the remote, find a movie I’ve watched many times, and watch it again.

Do you have advice for young professionals?  
Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.  Challenge yourself to face new situations.

Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: Time Consuming Billing Process.

Big Thinking: Utilize Robotic Process Automation To Reduce Manual Input Time By 75%.

Shareholder PATRICK ARMKNECHT has been with Schneider Downs for over 21 years. His expertise lies mainly in corporate accounting, project management and software implementation.
One of Patrick’s clients was looking for more efficient back-office operations. Patrick’s team recommended the Robotic Process Automation (RPA) technology to help address their billing problem. After implementing RPA technology, manual time spent completing the monthly billing process was reduced by 75%. “Although the immediate need was focused on the monthly billing process, we recognized that investment in RPA would also enable the client to automate a number of processes throughout their organization,” Patrick said. “They have already implemented five other automation projects in different parts of the organization and have a list of more than 20 other processes they intend to automate in the near future.” 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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