Steve is one of the co-CEOs of the firm. In this role, Steve works closely with the firm’s Operating Committee and Board of Directors and shares the responsibility for the strategic direction and operational performance of the firm.

Steve joined Schneider Downs in 2001, became a Shareholder in 2004 and was appointed co-CEO in 2014. Steve leads the firm’s Operating Committee and is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and executive management team.

In his 30+ year career, Steve has had the opportunity to work with companies ranging from start-ups to large national organizations. He has experience in the firm’s SEC, ERISA and SOC practices and served clients in a variety of industries including manufacturing, oil and gas, supply chain, restaurant-retail, bio-science and financial services specifically banking, investment companies and investment partnerships.

Steve spent the first 10 years of his career with a national public accounting firm, and also has experience in the private industry as a corporate controller for a multi-location, family-owned business.

Steve balances his career and personal life. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, traveling and participating in their activities. Steve also enjoys running and golfing.


B.S. – Accounting, Penn State University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—United Way of Western PA Board of Directors

Member—Mars Bank Board of Directors and Audit Committee Chair

Member—Schneider Downs Board of Directors

Member – AICPA Major Firms Group and Past Meeting Chair


Volunteer Bridgeville Area Food Bank

South Fayette Soccer Booster


Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
I enjoy running, exercising, golf and spending time with my kids.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
Work hard, treat people with kindness and respect, and good things will happen.

Who was your role model?
My father – good work ethic, smart, and always treated people with kindness and respect.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?
Take advantage of all the activities and opportunities presented to you by your university. You get out of an experience what you put into it. Get involved.

People would be surprised to know that I…….
I have run 10 half marathons. Seven in Pittsburgh, and two in Indianapolis (those two ran through the Indy 500 speedway)

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
The number of different businesses and industries you learn about, and the number of people you have the opportunity to help.

What was your first job?
I was a bus boy at the Red Bull Inn in Meadowlands.

Do you have a “motto?”
Become comfortable with the uncomfortable.

Do you have advice for young professionals?
No successful person did it alone. Build genuine friendships and relationships throughout your career.

Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: A Global Company Needing Better Internal Controls.

Big Thinking: A Network Of Professionals To Implement Best Practices.

Shareholder JIM YARD is Schneider Downs’ practice leader for our Risk Advisory Services Department. Jim specializes in providing risk management, internal audit, and internal control consulting services.
 One of our clients was a large consumer markets company with a global footprint. We learned that the company wanted to improve overall corporate governance and internal controls. Jim’s team was called upon to help with an evaluation since leadership at the company realized the need for a firm with international experience in multiple countries and languages. With the assistance of country-specific resources through Prime Global - one of the largest associations of independent public accounting firms in the world - and a consistent core team based in Pittsburgh, we have been able to provide the expertise necessary to develop and assist the company in building and establishing a global internal audit function, and bringing best practices across their global operations and core processes. “By accessing industry expertise, assessing risk and pulling in subject matter and international specialists, we were able to direct the company’s plans to implement best practices, mitigate risks, standardize their processes and create efficiencies throughout its operations and business units,” Jim said. “The client has recognized the success of this partnership and has gone on to award us other projects including on-going international location reviews, various operational and process reviews, systems implementation/migration, and fraud investigations.” 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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