Author:Fierro, Jonathan

IN A TIME WHERE the word "authentic" has come to signify what is real, RSM US LLP has become to mean just that.

In fact, since the great recession, where both big and small businesses struggled just to remain alive, the "middle market," which is often big enough to have the necessary resources but small enough to be nimble, has shown to be creative and resilient to thrive.

"We call it the real economy," says Joe Adams the CEO and Managing Partner of RSM.

A global company that specializes in accounting, RSM takes pride in knowing its clients well. The company, which has 9,000 employees in 90 cities across the country, is poised to expand; last year it acquired Padgett Stratemann & Co., the second largest accounting firm in San Antonio. Lately, the company, which places a high value in its workforce, has been targeting Latinos for recruitment.

"Latinos and Latino-owned businesses represent a growing presence in our national and global economies, with Latinoowned businesses become more prevalent in the U.S. and more businesses from Mexico, Central and South America investing in the U.S., and vice versa," Adams said. "Latinos will be critical to the future success of RSM and other companies across the country and around the world."

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Adams lives in Chicago, where he has been part of RSM's leadership team since 2008. He was director of the Great Lakes region: he has worked with companies in auditing and advising clients in mergers, divestitures, acquisitions and organizational strategy.

As the CEO of RSM, Adams enjoys everything about his position. But the best thing about it is the people, they way the company has integrity, is respectful, it works by teamwork and demonstrates it every day.

"I learn something new every day," he said.

"Companies today are facing a shortage of qualified employees from all backgrounds especially in leadership, skilled and professional positions," Adams said. He adds that at RSM the focus is on recruiting, developing and retaining the best talent.

To do that, the company is focusing on enhancing the experience of employees through feedback, transparency into their performance. Also, coaching into advancing their...

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