Edward R. Friel CPA

Edward has more than 25 years of public accounting experience.  He joined the firm in October 1996 and has been a shareholder since 2005.  Edward’s background includes serving a variety of clients in the construction, mining, manufacturing, transportation, oil and gas, investment and professional service, retail industries and the nonprofit sector.  He is a trusted business advisor, providing clients with proactive and timely advice on matters, including accounting, finance, governance and general business guidance.

Edward is a member of the firm’s Manufacturing and Energy and Natural Resources Industry Groups.  These groups are responsible for developing specialized knowledge for these industry segments.  He is also a member of the firm’s Accounting Technical Advisory Group and oversees the firm’s independence compliance and monitoring program


BSBA - Accounting, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Professional and Community Involvement

Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants

Member—AICPA Joint Trial Board and former member Independence Subcommittee—Behavioral Standards

PICPA—Scholarship Fund Trustee

Former Member—PICPA—Professionals Ethics committee and Pittsburgh Chapter Executive Committee

Catholic Charities—Diocese of Pittsburgh Board of Directors (former President, Vice President and Treasurer)

Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh—Past President, Treasurer and Board Member Emeritus

St. Kilian Parish—Pastoral Finance Council

Butler Country Club—Finance Committee

Central Catholic High School—Finance Committee

Leadership Pittsburgh XX

Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)


Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
I love following Pittsburgh’s sports teams.

What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
Try to learn from every experience, whether it’s good or bad.

Who was your role model?
My father

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?
Take more advantage of opportunities that are presented

People would be surprised to know that I…….
….am a history buff, specifically Revolutionary and Civil War history.

What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
I think it’s fascinating that I learn every day. Often, it’s not about accounting…but rather about the industries of our clients. 

What was your first job?
I was a paperboy.

Do you have a “motto?”
Winston Churchill’s line, “Never, never, never give up.” 

Do you have advice for young professionals?
Find something you are passionate about and go do it. 

Edward R. Friel CPA

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big problem:
The complexities of opening an overseas subsidiary.
big thinking:
Consolidated financial statements and foreign currency expertise.

Shareholder Ted Pettko has extensive experience with public and privately owned companies from a diverse group of industries, and he’s been with Schneider Downs since 1997.

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