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Wayne Pigott, CMAA

Wayne joined Schneider Downs in May 2023 and has been with SD Capital since its inception in July 2024. He supports transaction execution, business development, and client service for SD Capital. His activities involve day-to-day support of the transaction execution process, transaction readiness assessments, and growth/strategic advisory.

Prior to joining Schneider Downs, Wayne was a Senior Associate at Springer Lawson & Associates, a middle-market M&A boutique. Before Springer Lawson, Wayne was a Vice President at Independent Financial in Denver, Colorado, spending time in both the Middle Market Banking and Special Assets Groups. Prior to Independent Financial, Wayne was an Analyst at CoBiz Financial in the Leveraged Finance department, where he underwrote, structured, and managed credit facilities for leveraged buyouts, add-on acquisitions, and recapitalizations.


MBA, Colorado State University
BSBA – Economics, Colorado State University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member – Alliance of Merger and Acquisition Advisors, Rocky Mountain Chapter
Member – Association for Corporate Growth, Rocky Mountain Chapter


Do you have a hobby/personal passion?
Mountain and road biking, snowboarding, and hiking. I’ve summited 20 peaks over 14,000 feet in elevation and cycle hundreds of miles yearly.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
The most interesting aspect of my career has been advising business owners, investors, and executives on complex transactions on both the advisory and financing sides of deals.

Wayne Pigott

Our Thoughts On


Big Problem: Organization Severely Impacted By Covid-19.

Big Thinking: Identify And Claim Over $1.1m In Refundable Credits.

With over 14 years of experience, MATTHEW WERNER is a tax shareholder with expertise in serving public, private, and emerging global organizations. He has worked with domestic and global clients in numerous industries including transportation, manufacturing, technology, and healthcare.
During frequent communication throughout the pandemic, Matthew realized one of his clients was struggling with a significant drop in gross receipts. Matthew and his team continually monitor legislative tax changes and noticed previously excluded organizations that received PPP loans and were now also eligible for employee retention credits. “Once we noticed an area of opportunity related to the Employee Retention Credit, we were able to calculate the credit available while navigating PPP forgiveness to ensure maximizing both programs,” said Matthew. “In the end, we identified and claimed over $1 million in refundable credits and the clients were thrilled.” 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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