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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Robert J. Eyer


Wessel & Company

Robert J. Eyer is currently the president of Wessel & Company, the largest CPA firm between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg. After serving a tour of duty in the Army, Eyer obtained his bachelor of science in accounting. He has over 30 years of public accounting experiences and seven years of national firm experience where he worked on a Fortune 500 audit engagements.

As the managing shareholder of Wessel & Company, Eyer has embedded a culture of quality client service and has driven a firm-wide commitment to community service in order to develop future community leaders. When Eyer first joined the firm, there were only seven other people employed and an electric typewriter to use. He became managing shareholder at an early age, helping the firm survive the high unemployment rate in the country during the decline of the steel industry.

Under his leadership, the firm established new niches in defense, high technology and other specialty services, which spurred rapid expansion. While he has helped to successfully expand and grow his firm, he critiques his leadership style as something he has had to learn over time.

“In my attempts to motivate people, at times, I lose my patience and just do it myself,” Eyer said. “This is not the best approach.”

He continues to lead others outside of Wessel & Company and holds leadership positions in numerous not-for-profit organizations he cites to being “so important to the quality of life in our region.”

Eyer enjoys biking, skiing and windsurfing in his spare time.

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