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



Accounting Today recently recognized Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO of RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – as one of the publication’s “Top 100 Most Influential People.”

Accounting Today’s special report describes those on the list as “the thought leaders and visionaries who are shaping the accounting profession.” Adams is joined by other industry luminaries on the list, including Ken Bishop – president and CEO, NASBA; James Doty – chairman, PCAOB; Kimberly Ellison-Taylor – incoming chair, AICPA; Cindy Fornelli – executive director, Center for Audit Quality; Russell Golden – chairman, FASB; Jay Hanson – board member, PCAOB; John Koskinen – commissioner, IRS; Barry Melancon – president and CEO, AICPA; Mary Jo White – chair, SEC – just to name a few.

The annual Top 100 list, now in its 29th year, was released this month. Adams was recognized for overseeing strategies that have brought RSM double-digit growth, and for leading the firm through a major initiative last year to change its name to better align with RSM International firms in more than 120 countries around the world, showcasing RSM’s global reach.

When asked about what excites him most about the future of the profession, Adams responded, “I am particularly excited about globalization, not only in the accounting profession, but also across our middle market client base.”

When the Top 100 were asked who they would nominate for the list, AICPA President and CEO Barry Melancon remains the most influential person in accounting in the opinion of the candidates for Accounting Today’s Top 100 list. Almost half of the 125 candidates who named their picks for the three most influential included him, citing his unparalleled knowledge of the profession; his vision for the future and his success in pursuing it; and his passion for accounting. Maryland Association of CPAs Chief Tom Hood, who was also lauded for his long-term vision for the profession, kept his position as the second-most influential person in accounting. Ranked third on the list is the SEC Chair Mary Jo White.

Perhaps the most interesting change in rankings was the rise in perceived influence of cloud accounting, with Intuit Chairman and CEO Brad Smith more than doubling his number of votes from last year, and Zero Founder Rod Drury moving up on the list as well. According to Accounting Today, the inclusion of these two on the list represent the increasing importance of the cloud in the accounting industry.

Accounting Today’s editorial staff reviewed candidates and chose the Top 100. To access the entire list, visit the publication’s website.

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