Donald B. Applegarth


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Don has more than 23 years of public accounting experience.  He is currently practice leader of the Schneider Downs Accounting, Assurance and Advisory Services department. While at Schneider Downs and at a national firm, he has served companies in a variety of industries, including, but not limited to, manufacturing, distribution, retail, real estate, contracting, natural resources and not-for-profit organizations. Don provides audit and consulting services for a wide range of clients.

Don audits and consults for SEC clients, several of which have international operations. He has brought innovative and timely solutions in responding to complex and diverse client needs. In addition, he has presented various cost-saving strategies and process improvement recommendations for his clients. Don has led the firm’s efforts in monitoring changes brought about by IFRS and advising on effective implementation strategies to maximize efficiencies and optimize value during IFRS conversion.

Don has also provided valuable transaction assistance services in the form of deal structuring and due diligence that has resulted in maximized return to his clients.

Don serves a key role in the firm’s quality control and risk assessment process. He is the Director of Technical Matters for the Pittsburgh office and member of the firm’s Assurance Technical Advisory Committee, and is responsible for keeping abreast of technical financial reporting, accounting and auditing guidelines.  Don also leads the firm’s Retail Services industry group.


B.S. - Accounting, Wheeling Jesuit College

Professional & Community Involvement

Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
Several years ago, I gave up chasing the little white ball around the golf course and was introduced to shot-gunning. It became a family sport and I now enjoy shooting clays, skeet and hunting over my two bird dogs, Tango and Diesel. 

Who was your role model?
I really don’t have a role model. Nobody is perfect…rather, I look for the best in people and try to live my life by demonstrating those same attributes.

What was your childhood dream?
As a child, I figured I’d join the Marines – then I realized there was too much cardio involved!

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?
You can’t do it all on your own. Most situations involve being part of a team. Know your strengths, respect the opinion of others and always insist on doing the right thing. 

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
At the beginning of my career, I learned a lot about public accounting while at a national firm. I learned more about the business and the value of good relationships when I came to Schneider Downs.

Do you have a “motto?”
The only person you need to be better than is the person you were yesterday. 

When you have an hour of free time, what do you like to do?
I have two bird dogs that I love to run and point – so I take them to the fields. There is very little I find more satisfying than watching them work. 

Do you have advice for young professionals?
True wealth happens with persistence, perseverance and the drive to be the best at what you do.