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Family First announces photo contest winners


RSM’s Family First employee network group was proud to recently announce its 2018 Family First Photo Contest winners. The contest, was a fun opportunity for RSM’s people to share images of what family means to them. With nearly 50 photo submissions covering a range of topics, picking three winners was no easy task. Submissions were narrowed down based on the number of "likes" received on the firm’s internal social network and winners were selected by Family First leadership, based on the following criteria:

  • Depict what family means to you, however you define family—children, spouse, parents, siblings, relatives or pets;
  • Express how you define success at home and at work;
  • Show how RSM's benefits allow you to achieve success both at home and at work (e.g., work flexibility, parenting leave, adoption/foster care benefits); and
  • Serve as an inspiration to others.

Each contest winner selected a charity aligned with the RSM US Foundation (insert link) mission to receive a $100 donation.

Congratulations to our three inaugural Family First Photo Contest winners!


Bryan O’Neal, Supervisor

Charity: Family House (Peoria)

“My wife, son and I were all smiles when my son was recently discharged from the hospital. He spent 20 nights there this month recovering from his most recent surgery. He receives specialized medical care in Omaha, six hours from our home. Since we adopted him three years ago, he has had three major surgeries, and countless other tests and procedures. Thanks to RSM’s flexibility and “Family first” emphasis, I am able to take time off and work remotely to always be with my family, even during extended hospital stays.”


Samuel Kleiss, Associate

Waterloo, Iowa

“On January 30th, my wife received a POSITIVE pregnancy test. The next few weeks were all excitement, even as the morning sickness set in. It was a constant reminder of the life that we had created. Then came March 20th, 11 weeks pregnant. The symptoms changed. What was happening was undeniable. Those were some of the worst days of our lives. RSM was with me in those days and allowed me the time to mourn our loss. I want other families who experience miscarriage to know your child DID exist and it is okay to mourn your loss.”


Duke Smaroff, Partner

Charity: Chicago Voyagers

“I recently returned from sabbatical. Our family spent July exploring South America; from Galapagos Islands, Machu Picchu (family pic), and the Panama Canal, to many places in between. A highlight was the mountainous Inca Trail hike; but mostly I appreciated a full month of uninterrupted family time. This was the opportunity of a lifetime, made possible by the great team we have at RSM. Not once did I check email or make calls as I was 100 percent confident in our team. I’d like to express my gratitude to all for making our dream a reality.”


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