Shareholder Dan Desko is responsible for managing and leading a team of IT security professionals with diverse experiences, from former NSA cyber-operators, to data forensic pros and network hacking gurus.
Steve is one of the Co-Managing Shareholders of the firm. In this role, Steve works closely with the firm’s Board of Directors and shares the responsibility for leading the firm’s initiative for product delivery and quality, client services, corporate culture, firm growth and community presence.
Steve joined Schneider Downs in 2001, become a Shareholder in 2004 and was appointed Co-Managing Shareholder in 2014. Steve is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and executive management team.
In his 24+ year career, Steve has had the opportunity to work with companies ranging from start-ups to large national organizations. He is active in the firm’s SEC, ERISA and SOC practices, and serves clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, supply chain, restaurant/retail, bio-science, financial services, and oil and gas.
Steve spent the first 10 years of his career with a national public accounting firm, and also has experience in private industry as a corporate controller for a multi-location, family-owned business.
Steve believes in balancing his career and personal life. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, traveling and participating in their activities. Steve also coaches youth athletics and enjoys running and golfing.
B.S. - Accounting, Penn State University
Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants
Member—The Institute of Internal Auditors (The IIA)
Member—Schneider Downs Board of Directors
Past Chair—Schneider Downs SEC Practice Group
Member—Duquesne University Accounting Advisory Board
Board Member—Mars Bank
Supporter—Annual JDRF Gala
South Fayette Youth Soccer and Basketball Coach
Past Treasurer and Board Member—South Fayette Lady Lions Basketball Association
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.
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