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AICPA Honors RSM’s Rich Caturano with Gold Medal of Distinction

Caturano recognized for his role in building a more diverse and global profession



The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) recently announced that Richard (Rich) Caturano – national leader of culture, diversity and inclusion with RSM US LLP (RSM), the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – is a recipient of the 2020 AICPA Gold Medal Award of Distinction.

The Gold Medal is the highest honor granted by the AICPA. Since 1944, it has been bestowed upon CPAs whose influence on the accounting profession has been especially notable. Jack Finning, CPA, CGMA, and chair of the AICPA awards committee, presented Caturano with his award during the fall meeting of AICPA’s governing Council.

“We are incredibly proud of and grateful to Rich for his dedication to our firm and to our profession,” said Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO with RSM US LLP. “Rich is passionate about creating a profession that embraces diversity and encourages everyone to bring their authentic selves to work. This recognition couldn’t have been more well-deserved.”

“Rich has had an incredible career and a tremendous impact on the profession and AICPA,” said Finning. “Rich has worked tirelessly to enhance diversity and inclusion within the profession.”

Caturano served a variety of volunteer positions within the profession and AICPA before stepping up as board chair in 2012 and helping to establish the National Commission on Diversity and Inclusion. The commission works to influence the accounting profession to make diversity and inclusion a priority area in recruitment, certification and advancement.

He also founded Vitale, Caturano and Company, and grew the firm to be one of the 40 largest in the U.S. before merging with RSM US LLP in 2010. During his career, he has been a board member of several organizations, and is a former CEO. He is currently a partner at RSM in his culture, diversity and inclusion role. In 2018, the National Association of Black Accountants recognized Caturano with the National Achievement in Public Accounting Award.

A list of previous Gold Medal of Distinction recipients is available on AICPA’s website.

About the American Institute of CPAs
The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) is the world’s largest member association, representing the CPA profession, with more than 429,000 members in the United States and worldwide, and a history of serving the public interest since 1887. AICPA members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting. The AICPA sets ethical standards for its members and U.S. auditing standards for private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. It develops and grades the Uniform CPA Examination, offers specialized credentials, builds the pipeline of future talent and drives professional competency development to advance the vitality, relevance and quality of the profession.

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