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Consulting Magazine Names RSM’s Carolyn Southern a 2022 Rising Star

Apr 22, 2022

Kimberly Bartok, National Public Relations Leader,, 212.372.1239
Andreia DeVries, National Public Relations Manager,, 954.449.8096
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Consulting Magazine Names RSM’s Carolyn Southern a 2022 Rising Star

CHICAGO – (April 22, 2022) – 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 Carolyn Southern has been named one of Consulting magazine’s Rising Stars of the Profession for 2022. Southern, a consulting manager in the firm’s San Diego office, was recognized in the category of Excellence in Leadership.

Consulting magazine’s annual list honors consulting professionals aged 35 and under. The publication states that this year’s “Rising Stars” are deserving of recognition for their exemplary demonstration of client service actions, relationship practices, innovation and leadership in serving both their clients and their firms.

“Carolyn has been a key contributor in the global expansion of RSM’s NetSuite practice,” said Pat Vance, national consulting leader elect with RSM US LLP. “She has helped multinational organizations implement technology solutions to optimize their business processes and financial results. Carolyn is highly respected among our colleagues, clients and her team, and has a passion for learning and mentoring others. We are excited to continue to watch her career flourish here at RSM and I am proud to see her honored for excellence in leadership on this elite list."

“Carolyn continually elevates our business by identifying unique needs of our clients and teams,” said Dan Runhaar, principal with RSM US LLP. “She also invests extra effort to build and share knowledge on those topics. She thrives as a problem-solver who consistently educates others to improve the services we provide. Carolyn’s efforts are empowering a new generation of consultants and helping our clients tackle their most complicated technical and business challenges.”   

“I am honored and humbled to be recognized as a rising star,” said Southern. “This award reflects not only my dedication to my clients and team but also the outstanding mentorship I’ve received over the course of my career. I am genuinely grateful for the time and energy others have invested in my growth and look forward to new challenges and leadership opportunities in my role at RSM.”

Honorees were recognized during the publication’s dinner and awards ceremony, which was held Thursday, April 21, at The Blackstone Hotel, Chicago.

Previous RSM winners of Consulting magazine’s Rising Star award are Kyle Mandala, Seth Bacon, Addison Blackwell and Tracy Dasgupta.


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