Phillip Newman
Area of Focus
Office Location
Naples, FL

Phil Newman

Private Clubs Leader, Partner

About Phil

Philip Newman is a partner and national leader of the private club industry at RSM US LLP. He has more than 30 years of experience in public accounting, predominantly serving the private club industry.


Philip is singularly focused on consulting clients in the private club industry, drawing on his many years of experience serving country and city clubs, hotels and resorts. As an audit partner with an industry-first perspective, he provides operational consulting services for clubs specializing in issues surrounding audit and tax, internal controls, strategic planning, benchmarking studies, industry trends, and governance. He leverages his deep knowledge of the industry to advise club leadership on running a successful business.

Philip has cultivated and maintained relationships within the private club network that are critical to his clients’ success. He is the “go-to” leader with connections to those who serve the industry best. Philip is a firm believer in establishing great communication with clients, industry connections and RSM talent. He is a regular contributor to industry groups and a frequent speaker at hospitality-related conferences. He is involved with RSM’s Family First employee network group and is a participant in many club charities in the south Florida region. 

His professional achievements include the creation of an operational survival strategy for a troubled resort, a risk and operational control matrix for a developer resort, and the development of an internal control and operational review for a major country club community developer. 

Philip leads with empathy and always strives to understand issues from his client’s perspective. He is from a small village in Northern Ireland and grew up during the Northern Ireland conflict. Witnessing this conflict instilled in him a sense of diplomacy that is useful in leading with heart and resolving boardroom disputes. As an immigrant to the United States who was raised in the Catholic minority in Northern Ireland, Philip brings a unique perspective on leadership and client service to RSM—a perspective that is centered around the power of being understood.  

Professional affiliations and designations

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Certified public accountant; Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia

  • Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants

  • Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals, global board member 

  • Club Manager’s Association of America, speaker and honorary member 

  • National Club Association, speaker

  • Uniform System of Financial Reporting for Clubs, CPA sub-committee member


  • Bachelor of Commerce, accounting, University of Birmingham