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RSM Announces Winners of the 2021 Innovation Challenge

Aug 24, 2021

Kimberly Bartok, Enterprise Public Relations Leader,, 212.372.1239
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RSM Announces Winners of the 2021 Innovation Challenge

CHICAGO – (August 24, 2021) – RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – announced the winners of its Innovation Challenge, a competition centered on bringing together teams of RSM professionals to develop innovative solutions that address business challenges and opportunities.

In May, nearly 100 teams made up of 340 participants from across the U.S., Canada and El Salvador submitted creative solutions on a variety of topics. Ideas ranged from automating business processes that provide cost savings and time for clients to creating new technology tools and internal programs.

In what was the firm’s largest Innovation Challenge to date, more than 60 teams submitted prototypes of their innovative concepts using RSM’s Innovation Hub – an interactive platform for managing employee ideation activities. A panel of judges reviewed the prototypes and selected the top three teams. All RSM professionals were encouraged to vote for their favorite innovation among the top three finalists and crown a winner.

“At RSM, everyone plays a role in driving innovation,” said Jeff Johannesen, chief strategy and innovation officer with RSM US LLP. “RSM’s Innovation Challenge provided an opportunity for everyone at the firm to expand their skills, meet new people and help shape our future.  We were thrilled to see the collaboration among cross-functional teams to ideate new ways to serve our clients, our communities and our people.”

“We’re proud of our people for all of their hard work and for demonstrating their dedication to pursuing innovation excellence,” said Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO with RSM US LLP. “Our Innovation Challenge underscored this sizable commitment. Based on the depth of the many creative and impressive ideas that were submitted, it’s abundantly clear that our people are embracing an innovative mindset to develop real solutions that will keep us competitive for years to come.”

The Innovation Challenge winners were announced during a live, virtual announcement. The winning idea will be implemented across the firm. This year’s winners are:

Supply Chain Trusted Network: A solution set to support RSM’s clients in establishing a trusted, compliant and transparent supply chain network.

Team members: Luis Avila, Giacomo Apadula, Nico Guetatchew, Bart Huthwaite, Dara Castle, Casey Chapman, Andrew Samuelson

To learn more about RSM’s Innovation efforts, please visit our website. 


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