Shipley Serves as Regional Director

Pittsburgh, PA – Long-time Pittsburgh resident,  William R. Shipley has returned to his roots in the Steel City’s private sector to take on a new role as Regional Director of the Pittsburgh office of McKinley Carter Wealth Services. Effective January 1, 2015, Shipley transitioned to the North Hills office, after a four-year stint as Chief Administrative Officer (“CAO”) in McKinley Carter’s corporate office, which is located in Wheeling, W.Va.
A 40-year veteran of the professional services industry, Shipley brings a wealth of experience to his new role. His first career milestone is marked by a 30-year career with Price Waterhouse LLP, now PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, where he served clients with responsive advice on tax matters, enterprise risk management, system integration and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. Shipley became partner in 1988 and retired in 2004, having served clients in three different practice offices as well as the firm’s national office.
Shipley then went on to work as the Executive Director of a large Pittsburgh-based regional law firm (Thorp Reed & Armstrong, LLP,  now Clark Hill, PLC) where he managed all aspects of firm operations, including financial, human resources, records management, and information technology. He then joined McKinley Carter in 2011 as CAO, where he handled administrative management for all of the firm’s five regional offices.
McKinley Carter Principal and Director of Advisory Services Brian Gongaware says Shipley brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the firm’s Pittsburgh operations.
“With over 40 years’ experience working in the professional services industry in the Pittsburgh market, Bill’s role as Regional Director will be instrumental in developing new relationships and business opportunities, as well as in expanding our office’s recognition and involvement in the local community,” Gongaware said. “Bill thoroughly understands McKinley Carter’s unique client investment management, retirement planning, and nonprofit advisory services and will be able to effectively communicate our niche to those who are not yet familiar with us.” 
Shipley says he looks forward to expanding the firm’s brand identity in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.
“I am eager to contribute to the growth of McKinley Carter in the region I know best,” Shipley said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase what I know to be the exceptional, customer-focused investment services McKinley Carter offers to those in Pittsburgh for whom I have the most respect -- my friends, colleagues, and business associates.
Beyond his professional ties to the Pittsburgh area, Shipley is also very active in various community and civic organizations. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Hampton Shaler Water Authority and is a board member and Audit Committee Chair of the Foundation for Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his college alma mater. Additionally he serves on IUP’s College of Business Advisory Board and is a past president and board member of the IUP Alumni Association. Further, Shipley served for more than 25 years as a board member of the United Methodist Foundation of Western Pennsylvania, and then “retired” from the Foundation after having served as Chairman and member on the Foundation’s Executive Committee. Currently Shipley is an Elder and former Trustee of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh and an active member of Rotary Clubs International, Hampton Township Chapter.
His professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Financial Executives International.
The McKinley Carter Pittsburgh office is located in the StoneWood Commons office complex in the North Hills. Shipley can be reached directly at or 724-940-4400.  For more information on McKinley Carter Wealth Services, please visit
McKinley Carter Wealth Services is an SEC registered independent wealth management firm with offices in Pittsburgh, PA, Charleston, Parkersburg and Wheeling, WV, as well as Gaithersburg, MD. The firm provides Wealth Management and Trust Services for individuals and families committed to growing and protecting their wealth across multiple generations; Retirement Planning Services for businesses focused on the long-term financial success of their owners and employees; and Nonprofit Advisory Services for nonprofit organizations seeking long-term financial security and sustainability.