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Joseph M. Adams

Managing Partner and CEO, RSM US LLP

Joe Adams is the Managing Partner and CEO of RSM US LLP. Throughout his tenure with the firm, he has held increasingly responsible leadership positions including his former role as the Leader for the Great Lakes Region. He has also been on the RSM US Leadership Team since 2008. Adams had previously served as Regional Managing Director of the Great Lakes Region since April 2008. From 1998 to 2008, he served as Executive Managing Director of the Great Lakes Economic Unit, where he successfully completed one of the largest integrations in the firm’s history. Prior to 1998, Adams was an Assurance Partner and served clients in a variety of industries, primarily publishing and manufacturing and distribution. While Adams has more than two decades of progressive experience in the auditing area, he has also advised clients in many other areas, such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, operations along with organizational and strategy matters. Adams has served as Personnel Partner responsible for recruitment, development and retention of people; Practice Development Partner, responsible for the growth aspects of the practice; and Concurring Partner, responsible for ensuring audit quality on high-risk engagements before the issuance of financial statements. He has been an active member in a variety of firmwide roles, including the RSM US Board of Directors, the Marketing Standing Group, the People Standing Group, the Women’s Advisory Committee and others. Adams is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Illinois CPA Society. He has been involved with numerous professional, civic and charitable organizations. Adams graduated from DePaul University with a B.S. in Accounting and M.B.A. in Operations Management.