TONY P. IELASE CISA

Tony leads the firm’s Risk Advisory Services (RAS) practice for the Columbus market and has over 25 years of experience providing risk advisory and compliance services to a diversified number of retail, manufacturing, higher education, healthcare, technology, utilities and financial services clients.

His areas of expertise include internal audit strategic planning, internal audit co-sourcing, enterprise risk management, compliance assessments, fraud risk assessments, business process improvement and SOX program implementation and optimization, among others.

Education

BSBA — Accounting from Clarion University of PA

Professional and Community Involvement

He is a member of various Schneider Downs internal groups, including the higher education and retail industry groups as well as:

Member—Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA)

Member—Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)

Executive Committee Member—Association of Government Accountants (AGA)

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Do you have a hobby/personal passion?
Golf and pugs.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
If you want to make a million dollars, work a million hours.

Who is your role model?
My father.

What was your childhood dream?
To be an artist.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your college self?
Don’t stress out.  If you work hard everything will work out

People would be surprised to know that I…
…was an Art major my freshman year in college.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
I get to meet and work with some of the brightest minds in the business community.

What was your first job?
Kirby sweeper salesman (true).

Do you have a “motto”? (spoken or unspoken)
“Don’t worry if the horse is blind- just start loading the wagon”

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?
Spend time with my daughter Madison and walk the pug.

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.  Learn from them.  And if you’re not making mistakes, you’re probably not challenging yourself enough.

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Shareholder TED PETTKO has extensive experience with public and privately owned companies from a diverse group of industries, and he’s been with Schneider Downs since 1997.
Ted's team implemented a solution for a client who had an ongoing need to extract data from one platform and enter it into another. The manual process they had in place was not only cumbersome and time consuming, but it also resulted in an unclean format. Using proprietary data analysis software, IDEA, the team helped the client extract an entire year of information into a clean format in a matter of hours. Previously, it had taken the client several days to perform the extraction. "Our efforts on behalf of our client enhanced their timeliness and efficiency," Pettko said. "Using data analysis software in the audit profession gives us the ability to extract information in a fraction of the time, summarize the data and produce high-level analytics to support our audit opinion. Ultimately it's a win-win." 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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