Woodrow is a shareholder in the Tax Advisory Services Department with over 10 years of public accounting experience in various areas of tax compliance and consulting. He is experienced in working with the management of closely held businesses in implementing tax-planning strategies, as well as providing private equity and capital groups with tax forecast, advisory and compliance-related services. He also assists clients in identifying and applying for a variety of federal, state and local tax incentive programs.

Over his career, Woodrow has managed tax engagements for privately held clients in industries such as construction, real estate, manufacturing and professional services.


M.S.—Taxation, Robert Morris University
B.S.—Accounting, Robert Morris University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants


Do you have a hobby/personal passion?

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?
Put more time into the social side of college versus the academic side.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career? 
Working and interacting with a diverse group of clients and owners.

What was your first job? 
Summer farmhand at a local farm.

Do you have a “motto”? (spoken or unspoken)
Improvement is never linear.

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?
A cigar outside – weather permitting!

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Satisfaction with your work has less to do with the work itself, and more to do the people with who you are working.

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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