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.
Steve is one of the co-CEOs of the firm. In this role, Steve works closely with the firm’s Operating Committee and Board of Directors and shares the responsibility for the strategic direction and operational performance of the firm
Steve joined Schneider Downs in 2001, became a Shareholder in 2004 and was appointed co-CEO in 2014. Steve leads the firm’s Operating Committee and is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and executive management team.
In his 30+ year career, Steve has had the opportunity to work with companies ranging from start-ups to large national organizations. He has experience in the firm’s SEC, ERISA and SOC practices, and served clients in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, oil and gas, supply chain, restaurant/retail, bio-science, and financial services, specifically, banking, investment company, and investment partnerships.
Steve spent the first 10 years of his career with a national public accounting firm, and also has experience in private industry as a corporate controller for a multi-location, family-owned business.
Steve balances his career and personal life. He enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, traveling and participating in their activities. Steve also enjoys running and golfing.
B.S. - Accounting, Penn State University
Member—Mars Bank Board of Director and Audit Committee Chair
Member—Schneider Downs Board of Director
Member – AICPA Major Firms Group and Past Meeting Chair
Member—AICPA, PICPA and IIA
Volunteer Bridgeville Area Food Bank
Volunteer Various United Way –Sub Committees
South Fayette Soccer Booster
Do you have a hobby or personal passion?
I enjoy running, exercising, golf and spending time with my kids.
What was the best advice you’ve ever received?
Work hard, treat people with kindness and respect, and good things will happen.
Who was your role model?
My father – good work ethic, smart, and always treated people with kindness and respect.
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give your college self?
Take advantage of all the activities and opportunities presented to you by your university. You get out of an experience what you put into it. Get involved.
People would be surprised to know that I…….
I have run 10 half marathons. Seven in Pittsburgh, and two in Indianapolis (those two ran through the Indy 500 speedway)
What is the best or most interesting thing about your career?
The number of different businesses and industries you learn about, and the number of people you have the opportunity to help.
What was your first job?
I was a bus boy at the Red Bull Inn in Meadowlands.
Do you have a “motto?”
Become comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Do you have advice for young professionals?
No successful person did it alone. Build genuine friendships and relationships throughout your career.
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