Kristi Kennedy
Area of Focus
Business tax
Office Location
Dallas, TX
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Kristi Kennedy

Partner, National Strategic Management Leader for Tax, Central Region Tax Leader
Kristi Kennedy
Area of Focus
Business tax
Office Location
Dallas, TX
Connect

About Kristi

Kristi Kennedy is the national strategic management leader for tax and the central region tax leader for RSM US LLP. She works to align the firm’s regional tax offices toward a consistent national strategy. Kristi joined RSM in 1998 and is a former member of the RSM board of directors. 


Experience

Kristi is a senior tax partner with deep experience working with large privately held companies and their related entities, with a specific focus on tax within the real estate and construction industry. In her tax leadership roles, Kristi is responsible for growth and culture in the tax practice, ensuring that the strategy is aligned regionally and nationally and that execution remains on track. 

As a leader in the firm, Kristi is passionate about providing RSM’s people the opportunity to be successful. She helps the next generation of RSM professionals recognize and seize those opportunities to grow their careers at the firm. Her demeanor gives her a natural bent toward networking, making it easy for her to connect both clients and colleagues. She is inquisitive and leverages her deep connections to align the right talent with the right clients to position RSM as a first-choice advisor for clients. 

Prior to joining RSM, Kristi worked for a Big Four firm, serving real estate and financial institution clients, and she has also held a variety of leadership roles for one of the largest real estate developers in the United States. 

Kristi’s dad was a homebuilder in the construction industry, so in her first public accounting role, she selected real estate and construction as her industry focus. As a child, she enjoyed driving around with her dad to see the various projects he was building; now she asks clients for a tour of their sites so she can gain deeper insight into their projects. 

As part of RSM’s culture, diversity and inclusion efforts, Kristi leads the inclusion committee for tax, developing programming around understanding cultural differences. She approaches her role with intentionality to truly provide all employees equal opportunities at the firm. 


Professional affiliations and designations

  • Certified public accountant 
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants 
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra, board of governors

Education

  • Bachelor of Science, mathematics, Tarleton State University 
  • Master of Science in Management and Administrative Sciences, tax concentration, University of Texas at Dallas