John Nicolopoulos
Area of Focus
Audit Restaurant Employee benefit plans

John Nicolopoulos

Restaurant Leader, Industry Assurance Leader, Partner
John Nicolopoulos
Area of Focus
Audit Restaurant Employee benefit plans

About John

John Nicolopoulos is national assurance industry leader and national industry leader for the restaurant sector for RSM US LLP. He also serves as the line of business leader for employee benefit plans. John is based in RSM’s Boston office. 


As a national leader, John draws on his 35-plus years in public accounting and retail operations to help clients solve complex business issues. He leverages his deep industry experience to support client engagement teams across the country and help them better understand the multifaceted issues that restaurateurs and retail operators face. He has deep technical experience in and knowledge of internal controls in the restaurant and retail space. A sought-after professional in the industry, he is regularly called upon to speak at conferences and seminars.

Prior to joining a Big Four public accounting firm in 1990, John spent 10 years in retail store operations, gaining experience across all aspects of retail operations. His blend of operational and financial experience brings a unique mindset to understanding his client’s business risks and enables him to apply a balanced, informed approach to client service. 

With 20 years in change management roles, John’s work has made an impact in many ways: guiding the next generation of RSM leaders on the path to partnership and developing and implementing new innovations across the firm. John dedicates significant time as a career advisor and was named RSM’s career advisor of the year. He also serves on the Northeast regional board of STAR, RSM’s employee network group dedicated to women’s professional development. John is a team builder and collaborator whose goal is to enable others to be the best they can be. With a mind toward stewardship, John strives to leave RSM better than he found it.  

A self-proclaimed “retail geek,” John is engaged in conversations across the retail and restaurant industries. His commitment to evaluate industry trends and anticipate the implications for his clients allows him to better guide his teams and advise others. He recognizes his good fortune to work in industries about which he is extremely passionate. John forms lasting relationships with his clients, fully immersing himself in their experience to help them succeed. 

Professional affiliations and designations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 
  • Certified public accountant, Massachusetts 
  • Massachusetts Restaurant Association 
  • Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants  
  • National Retail Federation 
  • National Restaurant Association  


  • Master of Business Administration, finance, Suffolk University
  • Master of Science, accounting, Bentley University  
  • Bachelor of Arts, government, Suffolk University