Shareholder Evan Ogrodnik has been with Schneider Downs since 2005 and is one of our experts in tax compliance and planning, accounting, and financial reporting matters.
Evan is a shareholder in the Tax Advisory Services department with 20 years of experience in all areas of tax compliance and reporting, planning and research. He serves clients in a number of industries, including manufacturing, distribution, professional services and
private equity, and his expertise includes tax planning and the development and communication of tax strategies to management along with the review of corporate, partnership and individual income tax returns.
Evan has significant experience in GAAP accounting and reporting, including ASC 740 income taxes and tax provision calculations. He works with the Schneider Downs Business Advisory department on tax due diligence procedures related to buy-side and sell-side transactions, specifically in identifying and qualifying the risks and maximizing benefits with transaction structure. Evan has also worked with the firm’s Internal Audit department assisting clients with their review of internal controls and processes as they relate to income taxes and ensuring compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley.
B.S.B.A. - Accounting, John Carroll University
Member - American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants
Member of the Schneider Downs Manufacturing Industry Group
Board Member - Advantage Credit Counseling Service
What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
You only have one chance to make a first impression – which was told to me by Carl Monastra, my tax professor at John Carroll University.
Who was your role model?
My father, who worked multiple jobs to provide every opportunity for our family.
What was your childhood dream?
I wasn’t a big dreamer – but I fully expected to be the front man in a hair-metal band playing stadium shows. I guess being a tax advisor isn’t a bad alternative.
What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
I spend most of my day helping people. I help clients with tax matters and planning opportunities. I help our staff work through issues and coach them in their personal development. I help a non-profit organization to address challenges during tough economic conditions. It gives me great satisfaction to help people.
Do you have advice for young professionals?
You’ve got 40 years of working life ahead of you. Find something that you are passionate about and a place that will provide you with opportunities to succeed.