United States

Joe Adams

Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer

Areas of focus: Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Audit, Operations


Joe Adams is managing partner and CEO of RSM US LLP (RSM). He is focused on positioning RSM as the first-choice advisor to middle market leaders by creating an outstanding client experience, enhancing the firm’s focus on the middle market, empowering teams of passionate professionals and building communities of RSM promoters in the marketplace.

Since taking on this role in 2011, Adams and his leadership team have successfully completed the purchase of RSM McGladrey, grown the firm’s revenues and enhanced its profitability. He is currently working to build RSM’s reputation as a global service provider, enhance its presence in key markets domestically and help build its network around the world.

A member of the firm's Leadership Team since 2008, Adams previously served as regional managing director of the Great Lakes region where he was responsible for one of the firm’s largest merger integrations and grew revenues from $30 to $300 million in 13 years. His client service experience includes auditing and advising clients in mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, operations, organizational and strategy matters. Adams also served as a member of the firm's Board of Directors from 2001–2004.

Adams is active in the Chicago community and currently serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for DePaul University and as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Professional Affiliations

  • Vice Chairman, Governing Board of the Center For Audit Quality
  • Member, DePaul University Board of Trustees
  • Member, AICPA Major Firms Group
  • Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member, Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants


  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, DePaul University
  • MBA in Operations Management, DePaul University

RSM is dedicated to understanding and helping middle market companies succeed

RSM is dedicated to understanding and helping middle market companies succeed

Adams has been with the firm for more than 30 years. Having “grown up” as a middle market employee and now leading a firm dedicated to serving middle market companies, Adams has always been aware of this market’s absence from business conversations – in the media, on Capitol Hill and in statehouses across the country.


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