Christopher S. McElroy CPA

Chris is one of the Co-Managing Shareholders of the firm. As a Co-Managing Shareholder, Chris shares the responsibility for leading the firm’s initiative for product delivery and quality while working closely with the firm’s Board of Directors. He joined the Firm in 2017 as a tax shareholder with more than 25 years of private and public accounting experience.  Prior to joining Schneider Downs, Chris served as a Tax Market Leader and International Tax Partner for a Big Four public accounting Firm. 

He has a diverse background serving large U.S. multinational companies, closely-held companies, partnerships and S corporations in the areas of international tax consulting and compliance, tax accounting and mergers and acquisitions.

Chris advises clients in diversified sectors including consumer products and retail, healthcare and manufacturing and distribution.


Masters - Taxation, College of William & Mary
B.S. - Accounting, West Virginia University

Professional and Community Involvement

Member – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Do you have a hobby/personal passion?

Baseball, Running, American history

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?

Strive to be “the” foremost expert on a topic   

Who is your role model?

My Mother

What was your childhood dream?

To play professional baseball

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?

Slow down, be in the present

People would be surprised to know that I…

…have run 4 marathons

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?

After 25+ years, I continue to learn something new every day   

What was your first job?   

Coopers & Lybrand – Honolulu, Hawaii

Do you have a “motto”? (spoken or unspoken)

Treat everyone like your most important client

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?   

Be with my wife and three kids

Do you have advice for young professionals?

Say “yes” 

Christopher S. McElroy CPA

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big thinking:
Incorrect calculations of toll charges.

Shareholder Michael Renzelman has a vast amount of professional experience in a multitude of accounting, auditing, tax and business-related issues. He is also responsible for the firm’s adherence to professional standards and maintenance of the firm's assurance services policies and procedures.

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