All work and no play makes for a boring person, but not Steve Pittman, managing partner of Bruner Cox LLP, a regional, full-service accounting and business consulting firm.
After putting in a full day at the office, he always is willing to serve the community through volunteerism. Pittman is president of the board of trustees of the Stark County District Library and is a trustee for the Quest Recovery Services Foundation. He is past chairman of Quest Recovery Services, past president of the Jackson Township Rotary Club and board member emeritus and past chairman of Junior Achievement of East Central Ohio. Steve also is past treasurer of The Builders Exchange of East Central Ohio.
“My day typically starts at 7:15 (a.m.),” said Pittman. “There is no typical end, as the workday expands as needed.”
In his capacity as managing partner of Bruner Cox in Canton, Akron and Cleveland, he is involved in three areas—client relationships, chairmanship of the Executive Committee, which manages the firm, and heading the firm’s merger and acquisitions practice.
“I truly enjoy merger and acquisitions,” he said. “I head up that area, and from time to time, I am working on any number of projects. Either companies are buying a company or selling a company or a part of the company.”
He said the firm has a collaborative environment it calls the “we factor” to bring the absolute best services for its clients and create a fun environment for employees so they enjoy coming to work. He also is the primary point of contact for the firm’s clients and said he very much enjoys working with them.
When the workday is done, he often can be seen at one of several volunteer commitments.
“Over the years, I have been involved with a number of organizations,” he said. “Early in my career, I got really involved with Junior Achievement, having served two stints as president of the board. Now I am in an emeritus capacity.”
He also has a passion for Quest Recovery Services.
“I have a tremendous respect for the work Quest does in the community,” he said. “I am on their foundation and am still heavily involved, if not directly, certainly in a support role, with Quest.”
His most current volunteer position is with the Stark County District Library.
“I really, really enjoy being president of the board of the library,” he said. “I’ve really learned to appreciate just what the library means to the Stark County community over the years as I’ve become more and more involved with it. It is a tremendous resource. One of the things I have said is that before I leave the board, someday I would like to see a new main library branch in downtown Canton and for that to anchor the revitalization core of downtown.”
ALWAYS ROOM FOR MORE
In addition to what he does at work and in the community, Pittman also has numerous professional affiliations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants. He also is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants and the Ohio Employee Ownership Center.