Donald R. Owens


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Don joined Schneider Downs in 2007 as director of the firm’s Risk Advisory Services practice in Ohio. His career spans 30 years in the profession.  Don delivers various risk mitigation services to the marketing including: internal audit sourcing, SOC examinationsSarbanes-Oxley assessments, forensics and other relevant risk advisory services (enterprise-wide risk and fraud risk assessments, process improvement reviews, etc.) to clients including government, not-for-profit, public and private entities. In addition to client service, Don is a lead member of the firm’s quality advisory group, which conducts research on the profession as well as its standards and authoritative materials. He routinely conducts training seminars on the topic of effective risk mitigation for professional organizations and clients.

Prior to joining Schneider Downs, Don worked for a multi-state builder where he headed the corporate risk management function and had direct responsibility for evaluating risk in all the business units. For a span of eight years, he was with the Advisory Services practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where, having risen to director in the practice, had responsibility for managing national and multinational engagements.


B.S. - Accounting, California University of Pennsylvania

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Member and Trustee—Central Ohio Chapter of The Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Member—American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member—The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member—Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member—Risk Management Association
  • Member—Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • Member—Bank Administration Institute
  • Ryan William Owens Foundation 

Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
I enjoy weight lifting, “bad” golf and periodically inking out a song.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
One from my dad: “As you rise through the management ranks, always keep in mind that it’s not only those reporting to you who count on you performing to the best of your abilities…but their families, too.” 

What was your childhood dream?
It morphed from being President to becoming an NFL linebacker

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?
Patience to fully explore my decisions and dreams

What was your first job?
Working in the family dry cleaning business on weekends. I was six years old…my dad didn’t pay that well. 

Do you have a “motto?”
Don’t come with problems. Come with solutions to those problems. 

Do you have advice for young professionals?
To be successful in your chosen career – as in life – you must continuously self-invest in your personal and professional development, and find a great coach to guide you.