Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer
Areas of focus: Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Audit, Operations, Talent Development, Innovation
Joe Adams is managing partner and CEO of RSM US LLP. He is focused on leading the firm to achieve its bold vision to be the first-choice advisor to middle market leaders globally by creating an outstanding RSM experience, enhancing the firm’s commitment to the middle market, empowering teams of passionate, innovative professionals, and cultivating RSM promoters in the marketplace.
Since taking on this role in 2011, Adams and the RSM team have doubled the size of the organization through organic growth and strategic transactions with more than a dozen firms, including the buyback RSM McGladrey and the launch of RSM Canada. His team has launched the RSM global brand, built a stronger talent development culture and formalized the firm’s commitment to culture, diversity and inclusion (CDI). Adams is currently working to build a strong culture of innovation to ensure that the firm and its clients are prepared to step boldly into the future.
A member of the firm’s leadership team since 2008, Adams previously served as regional managing director of the Great Lakes region and office managing partner for the Chicagoland offices. His client service experience includes auditing and advising clients in a variety of business and strategy matters. Adams also served as a member of the board of directors from 2001–2005.
Adams has been recognized as one of the NACD Directorship 100 and as one of Accounting Today’s top 100 most influential people in accounting, including one of Accounting Today’s Managing Partner Elite in 2018. He is active in the Chicago community and currently serves as a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and board of trustees of DePaul University.
- Member, RSM INternational Board of Directors
- Member, 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
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.