Morris Marshburn
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Morris Marshburn

Specialty Finance Leader, Partner

About Morris

Morris Marshburn is national leader of specialty finance within RSM US LLP’s financial services practice. He has more than 36 years of experience in public accounting, including over 31 years  with RSM, providing assurance, tax and consulting services to public and private specialty finance companies across the United States. He is based in RSM’s Raleigh, North Carolina, office.


Experience

While at RSM, Morris has helped solidify the firm’s reputation in the marketplace as a leading  service provider for the specialty finance industry. He is designated as an assurance engagement partner and is also authorized to perform engagement quality reviews for both public and private RSM specialty finance audit engagements. Morris serves as relationship and assurance functional leader for clients as well as assists with engagements involving strategic planning, operational reviews, transaction support, securitizations, 144A debt offerings, initial public offerings and readiness assessments, lender advisory, and related services for the firm’s specialty finance clients. 

As specialty finance leader, Morris is responsible for a team of client servers working with all types of lending institutions such as those providing commercial and consumer loans as well as new industry participants such as fintechs and specialty finance operating companies merging with special purpose acquisition companies which is trending at this time. With his broad knowledge of the firm’s capabilities, Morris works to bring a holistic viewp to client consultations, adding value from the lens of many functional areas, from audit and accounting specific topics as well as enhanced performance recommendations surrounding profitability, financing and technology.  He is actively involved in federal and state industry associations and related activites to continually deepen his understanding of all aspects of specialty finance operations. 

Morris is proud to be a part of RSM and is invested in the stewardship of the firm, working with his team to provide opportunities for growth and career development. A true competitor, he is a strong advocate of the financial services practice, the specialty finance sector, and the firm as a whole. He believes RSM’s industry-first approach is a differentiator because it empowers advisors to truly understand clients’ businesses and challenges and help them succeed.   
 
Morris regularly speaks to specialty finance companies at industry association and client forums across the country. He has written numerous articles for industry publications and initiated the industry financial performance surveys currently being performed annually for American Financial Services Association. He is also a prior recipient of AFSA’s Distinguished Service Award, the association’s highest level of recognition for member activities. RSM is a prominent sponsor of specialty finance industry association activities and annual meetings on a national and state level.  

A sports enthusiast, Morris played collegiate baseball at UNC Wilmington and now maintains a low handicap when he has time to golf. He also enjoys offshore fishing when he’s not advising RSM’s specialty finance clients.  


Professional affiliations and designations

  • UNC Wilmington Seahawk, board of directors
  • American Financial Services Association Independents, advisory board


Education

  • Bachelor of Science, accounting, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Executive Education, business advisor program, University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business