Area of Focus
Innovation Business strategy Culture
Office Location
Schaumburg, IL

Joe Adams

Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer
Area of Focus
Innovation Business strategy Culture
Office Location
Schaumburg, IL

About Joe

Joe Adams joined RSM in 1979 and is currently managing partner and chief executive officer, a role he has held since 2011. He leads the firm’s enterprise management team and is the chief architect of the firm’s vision and strategy to be the first-choice advisor for middle market leaders globally. Under Joe’s leadership, RSM has achieved record growth; developed a unique culture grounded in the firm’s vision, purpose and values; and is leading the middle market conversation through its proprietary middle market economic thought leadership, industry eminence and influence on professional standards and policies.


Experience

A student of strategy and leadership, Joe has more than 40 years of experience with RSM, ascending through various leadership positions to advance the goals and objectives of RSM. He started at the firm as an auditor, specializing in audit, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, operations, and organizational and strategic matters. He is passionate about RSM’s people, clients and middle market strategy, and he has a deep commitment to talent development to bolster the unrivaled culture found at RSM.  

RSM has experienced tremendous growth under Joe’s leadership. He and the RSM team have nearly tripled the size of the organization through organic and acquisitive growth and launched RSM Canada, as well as the RSM global brand. Joe’s lasting impact on talent development and culture at RSM is evident. He is a champion of the firm’s open and accepting culture, giving every employee the opportunity and support each needs to be successful. His holistic approach to running the business starts with personal accountability to live by the RSM values and to always do the right thing.  

Looking toward the future, Joe and his team continue to build a culture of innovation to provide colleagues and clients with increased efficiencies and more value. Joe leads RSM with a strong sense of stewardship, a drive toward accountability, and a major commitment to culture, diversity and inclusion, positioning the firm to deliver the power of being understood now and into the future. He looks forward to leading RSM toward the firm’s 100th anniversary in 2026.  

Joe is a father of five, grandfather of 13 and now a great-grandfather, and has a keen sense of the challenges of balancing family and work life. When he’s not at work, he spends time with family, follows Chicago sports teams and plays golf. He has played all the top 10 golf courses in the United States. 


Professional affiliations and designations

  • Certified public accountant 
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 
  • Illinois Certified Public Accounting Society
  • Center for Audit Quality
  • Economic Club of Chicago

Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Business, accounting, DePaul University
  • Master of Business Administration, DePaul University
Area of Focus
Innovation Business strategy Culture
Office Location
Schaumburg, IL