News release

RSM Unveils Industry Eminence Program

Industry senior analysts to lead the way with digital transformation, supercharged trends forecasting and actionable business insights

Sep 26, 2018
Sep 26, 2018
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Andreia DeVries, National Public Relations Manager,, 212.520.1266
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RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – today announced the launch of its Industry Eminence Program.

The cutting-edge program created and led by Joe Brusuelas, RSM US LLP chief economist, and Kevin Depew, RSM US LLP deputy chief economist, began in May and positions 10 senior analysts in its inaugural year to understand, forecast and communicate economic, business and technology trends shaping the industries RSM serves. Industry senior analysts will help the firm advise clients on conditions impacting middle market leaders.

“RSM’s vision is to be the first-choice advisor to middle market leaders globally,” said Managing Partner and CEO Joe Adams. “The eminence program equips RSM to accelerate our delivery of this vision through an intensive business, economic and technology curriculum focused squarely on the unique needs and trends that impact the industries we serve. Our industry senior analysts will bring new perspectives to help our middle market clients and our firm navigate this era of unprecedented business and technological transformation.”

Designed for experienced managers through partners, the program is an intensive immersion into data analytics, trend analysis, artificial intelligence and machine learning. Senior analysts will leave the program with the skills to analyze and interpret economic and industry trends and data, and will serve as internal and external subject-matter-experts for clients.

They will also become regular contributors to The Real Economy, RSM’s monthly publication focused on economic issues impacting the middle market, and will produce other bespoke thought leadership for their industries. The industry senior analysts contributed to the recent edition of The Real Economy that discusses the impact of tariffs on middle market businesses.

“We designed the program curriculum to be on par with what top graduate programs are teaching their students about this transformative shift in the economy,” said Brusuelas. “The difference is we are teaching it in a way that has immediate practical applications for RSM and our middle market clients.”

“We are incredibly impressed with how the senior analysts are proceeding in the program,” said Depew. “They understand the sense of urgency surrounding business transformation in the rapidly evolving economy and they are exceeding our expectations in producing actionable insights for our clients in a very short period of time.”

The 2018 class of RSM Industry Eminence Program senior analysts includes:


Focus Industry

Jason Alexander           

Industrial Products

Anthony DeCandido      

Financial Services 

Laura Dietzel 

Real Estate

Victor Kao 

Consumer Products

Rick Kes

Health Care

Jason Kuruvilla

Financial Services 

Troy Merkel 

Real Estate

Chris Shaker 

Consumer Products 

Kurt Shenk


Matt Wolf 

Health Care


“This program will enable RSM to accelerate the evolution of our industry platform through trend forecasting and insights that will enable professionals across RSM to have even more meaningful conversations with clients,” said National Industry Leader Don Lipari. “Our inaugural class is passionate about how industry expertise takes client service to the next level, and each brings an innovative mindset that is making the program successful.”

The inaugural class of industry senior analysts was selected in January 2018. Recruiting for the 2019 class will begin in September.


RSM’s purpose is to deliver the power of being understood to our clients, colleagues and communities through world-class audit, tax and consulting services focused on middle market businesses. The clients we serve are the engine of global commerce and economic growth, and we are focused on developing leading professionals and services to meet their evolving needs in today’s ever-changing business environment.

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