Schneider Downs was established in 1956 by James T. Schneider and Paul Downs. Their leadership and vision set the stage for the future growth and success of the firm. In 1985, Schneider and Downs retired, and Raymond W. Buehler, Jr. and Kenneth A. Rowles assumed leadership of the firm. They moved the firm’s 50 professionals from Downtown Pittsburgh to 1133 Penn Avenue, an historic building located on the edge of Pittsburgh’s fabled Strip District. In 2013, the Pittsburgh office moved to One PPG Place to accommodate the firm’s growth.
With a growing number of Midwestern clients, Schneider Downs opened an office in Columbus, Ohio in 1989. That office grew from one employee in 1989 to nearly 50 by the mid-1990s. Today, the Columbus office boasts a staff of more than 90 employees. Buehler and Rowles shared the founder’s vision of quality and attentive client service and insightful and innovative solutions. After Ken Rowles retirement in 2003, Ray Buehler served as President and CEO. In 2014, Buehler transitioned to Chairman as Schneider Downs returned to the co-management philosophy naming Timothy Hammer and Steven Thompson Co-Managing Shareholders.
The firm’s reach expanded not only geographically, but also into new services. The firm formalized its Business Advisors and Technology practices in the 1990s, providing services such as business valuations, litigation support and due diligence and accounting software selection and project management. The firm also established a Wealth Management practice to offer retirement planning, employee benefit and high-net-worth investment management and Schneider Downs Corporate Finance, LP to provide advisory services to companies pursuing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and private placements of debt and equity. Schneider Downs also became affiliated with Schneider Downs Staffing, an affiliate of Creative Financial Staffing, the largest privately owned financial staffing company in the world.
Within the Pittsburgh and Columbus offices, we have more than 500 personnel, including 52 shareholders, serving private and publicly traded companies, professional service firms, as well as not-for-profit and government entities. Schneider Downs is one of the 60 largest public accounting firm in the United States. Schneider Downs is also registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), enabling us to audit the financial statements of public companies, and with the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB).