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RSM's Joe Brusuelas Named 2020 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year by The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors

Feb 09, 2021

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RSM's Joe Brusuelas Named 2020 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year by The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors

CHICAGO – (February 9, 2021) – RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – is pleased to announce that The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors (AM&AA) has named RSM Chief Economist Joe Brusuelas as the winner of its 2020 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year award. Brusuelas was honored for his significant contributions to the middle market.

According to AM&AA, the premier award, which was founded in 2009, recognizes those in the Private Middle Market Financial community who create and advocate new ideas that add value to the marketplace. Furthermore, these contributions add to the body of knowledge serving as a solid foundation for AM&AA’s education and credentialing programs.

Through his role at RSM, Brusuelas has created numerous programs and initiatives to support the middle market, advance the next generation of business leaders, disseminate information relevant to executives and advocate for the middle market with elected officials.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this prestigious recognition from The Alliance of Merger & Acquisition Advisors,” said Brusuelas. “As the influence of the middle market becomes increasingly significant to driving the success of business in the U.S., it’s more important than ever that we share our related economic insights with key stakeholders. This award is a testament to RSM’s efforts on behalf of the middle market, and we look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on this influential segment of our economy.”

“The Thought Leader of the Year award honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the middle market through the publication of works that promote research and higher standards of excellence, which Joe Brusuelas’ work with RSM exemplifies,” AM&AA said in a statement.

AM&AA is an international organization serving the educational and resource needs of the middle market M&A profession. Formed in 1998 to bring together CPAs, attorneys, and other experienced corporate financial advisors, AM&AA’s 1100+ professional services firms – including some of the most highly recognized leaders in the industry—draw upon their combined transactional expertise to better serve the needs of their middle market clients worldwide.

This year’s award was presented during the organization’s Virtual Winter Conference: Advantage 2021 on February 10.

For more information about the 2020 Middle Market Thought Leader of the Year award, and to hear from RSM colleagues about Brusuelas' recognition, visit the AM&AA website.


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