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Accounting Today Names RSM's Joe Adams to its 2019 Top 100 Most Influential People List

Jan 02, 2020
Jan 02, 2020
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Kimberly Bartok, National Public Relations Leader,, 212.372.1239
Andreia DeVries, National Public Relations Manager,, 954.449.8096
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Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO with RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – was recently named to Accounting Today’s 2019 Top 100 Most Influential People list.

According to the publication, “Adams is in a perfect position to judge and then address the challenges facing firms. The two he’s most focused on staffing challenges and the need for innovation, and he’s proactively leading his firm in both areas.”  

The article goes on to highlight RSM’s CEO Innovation Fund as a unique approach for encouraging innovation, saying that the fund “has a war chest of $5 million to empower employees to pursue exciting new ideas.”

Other luminaries on this year’s prestigious list include: Jay Clayton, chairman, SEC; William Duhnke, chair, PCAOB; Kimberly Ellison-Taylor, executive director, finance thought leadership, Oracle Cloud Business Group; J. Russell George, Treasury inspector general for the tax administration; Russell Golden, chair, FASB; Hans Hoogerorst, chair, IASB; Barry Melancon, president and CEO, American Institute of CPAs, CEO, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants; IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig;  Sagar Teotia, chief accountant, SEC; David Vaudt, Chairman, GASB; and a variety of other influencers.

Accounting Today’s editorial team reviewed candidates and selected the Top 100. To access the entire list, visit Accounting Today’s website.

Adams has been managing partner and CEO for RSM since 2011. He is a member of the Illinois CPA Society, a member of the governing board for the Center for Audit Quality, a member of the Board of Trustees for DePaul University and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. Adams earned a B.A. in accounting and an MBA in operations management from DePaul University.


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