Pursue Your Passion
In celebration of the firm’s 90th anniversary in 2016, RSM launched its Pursue Your Passion program to encourage its people to commemorate the milestone by applying for a chance to pursue their passions, with monetary support and time off from the firm. Following the success of the program over the first two years, RSM continued the contest. Each Pursue Your Passion winner is awarded with $90,000 ($10,000 each) and nine days of PTO (paid time off) to help them pursue their passions.
Meet Our 2018 'Pursue Your Passion' Winners
Matt Dollard (Director, Great Lakes Region): Pursue his life-long passion of creating hand-made furniture by studying alongside a master in a chair making class to acquire new skills and pass along his knowledge to others.
Chris Guido (Manager, Northeast Region): Assist his local elementary school in advancing a new focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by helping to set up a designated space for children to solve problems, invent and be creative.
Joy Herrmann (Manager, Northeast Region): Participate in a mission trip with Living Water International to bring clean water to people in need in Honduras and teach proper sanitation techniques to build a sustainable future.
Mary Clare Kaiser (Associate, Central Region): Provide her uncle, who was recently diagnosed with ALS, with a speech-generating device so he can better communicate with his family as well as raise funds for local care services through “Walk to Beat ALS.”
Andrew Leonard (Sr. Director, Central Region): Travel to a developing country to meet one of the many underprivileged children he has sponsored over the years and provide additional funds for the child and others in the area.
Devon Maslyn (Associate, West Region): Alongside his father, bike the Camino de Santiago, a network of trails in Spain that lead to the shrine of the apostle Saint James, to honor his mother who passed away from cancer.
Jacob Morse (Associate, Central Region): Provide financial support and contribute his time to two organizations, Hope for Young Adults with Cancer and First Descents, to help young adults with cancer.
Bryan O’Neal (Supervisor, Great Lakes Region): Assist a local not-for-profit that provides affordable home-like accommodations for families of patients receiving medical care by outfitting its playroom with all new furniture, toys and games.
Megan Reishus (Associate, Central Region): Continue to pursue her passion for playing handbells by purchasing equipment for her ensemble and helping the team share the music of the instrument that they love with others.
Read the full news release about our winners here.
“At RSM, we understand the importance of helping our people achieve both their professional and personal goals. Our Pursue Your Passion program gives nine employees the opportunity each year to do just that. We are humbled each year by the caring nature our people display through their Pursue Your Passion projects, and we look forward to hearing our winners’ stories as they complete their activities throughout the year.” – Doug Opheim, chief financial officer and chairman of the RSM US Foundation