Effective today, August 12, 2014, Timothy J. Hammer and Steven D. Thompson have been named co-managing shareholders of our firm, entrusted with leading Schneider Downs into our future. After 30 years as managing partner at Schneider Downs, Raymond W. Buehler, Jr. will assume the position of Chairman of the firm.
This leadership transition will evolve over the next two years, allowing both Tim and Steve to stay in a client-serving capacity as they adjust to their new roles.
Tim and Steve both are current members of Schneider Downs’ Board of Directors and executive management team. Collectively, they will be responsible for leading the firm’s initiative for product delivery and quality, client services, corporate culture, firm growth and community presence.
The creation of co-managing shareholder positions is part of Schneider Downs’ 58-year leadership heritage. With the retirement of founders and co-managing shareholders James T. Schneider and Paul E. Downs in 1985, our firm created a similar structure by naming Kenneth A. Rowles and Raymond W. Buehler, Jr. as co-managing shareholders. Ray later became president and CEO.
Schneider Downs works every day to make our firm, clients and communities better. This is the core of our mission statement, and all of our shareholders are steadfastly committed to the continuing growth and evolution of our firm. Today’s announcement is an important part of that commitment.
Change is always exciting, and today is a great day for Schneider Downs. Over the course of the coming year, we’ll continue to update you on our succession plans.
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