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.
Paul joined the firm in 1983 and became a shareholder in 1988. He served as Chair of the Tax Department from 2001 – 2015, helping to direct the firm’s tax initiatives internally, and also to develop new products and services for the firm’s tax services group. Today, Paul serves as special counsel to the firm.
Paul works closely with the firm's clients, developing their business and tax planning strategies. He has considerable experience in tax compliance and planning for closely held businesses and their shareholders, especially in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and entity structuring. Paul works side by side with firm clients to develop just the right approach for their tax needs. He has assisted clients in a number of industries such as automobile dealerships, construction, professional services, life insurance, retail, wholesale and manufacturing.
Paul specializes in and serves as a consultant to new and existing automobile clients and serves on many client advisory boards.
Post-Graduate - Taxation, University of Cincinnati
B.S. - Accounting, Duquesne University
Member—American and Pennsylvania Institutes of Certified Public Accountants, the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants and PrimeGlobal
Practice Unit Leader—Schneider Downs Tax Department
Chair of Membership Committee and past Director—Pittsburgh Field Club
Past Director—Central Catholic High School
Chairman—Central Catholic High School Victory Auction-2000
Member—Duquesne Society; Lasaillian Society; Pittsburgh Field Club; Secession Golf Club
Shareholder-in-charge of Schneider Downs Automotive Services Industry Group
Director—Duquesne Athletic Fund
Advisor to Board—Greater Pittsburgh Auto Dealer Foundation
Served on the firm’s Board of Directors until 2013
Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
I enjoy gardening.
What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
Experience is a great educator…it just takes a long time. (So I went to grad school)
Who was your role model?
My parents, who taught me the importance of patience and perseverance
What was your childhood dream?
To play baseball
What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
I’ve been along for the ride as Schneider Downs grew from 35 people to 400 (and counting) team members. Of course, the best thing that happened to me was meeting Marci on the beach in Florida.
Do you have a “motto?”
Remember where you came from.
Do you have advice for young professionals?
Read John Wooden’s book, Pyramids of Success. Listen to Jim Valvano’s speech – Don’t give up…don’t ever give up.
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