RSM has recently awarded nine employees across the nation with $90,000 ($10,000 each) and nine additional paid-time-off (PTO) days to “pursue their passions” through the firm’s 90-90-9 program.
A team of employees and partners in the firm selected the winners from nearly 300 submissions.
Doug Opheim, CFO, chairman of the RSM US Foundation and resident historian, said: “We are honored to be celebrating 90 years of service to our middle market clients across the country and around the world.
“Stewardship has been a hallmark of our firm since we began operating in 1926, so it’s no surprise that each of our 90-90-9 winners chose to pursue opportunities to give back to others. We are very proud of what our employees plan to do to benefit society as a result of this program.”
Michelle Nolan (project coordinator; Minneapolis, MN) was the first employee to pursue her passion of providing water to orphans in Africa, while also achieving a personal goal of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.
She claimed that with the support of RSM, she was able to “summit the highest free-standing mountain in the world” and reached the highest point on the African continent, “proving to herself and others that all things truly are possible”.
Nolan added: “As if I wasn’t already elated enough, I was then privileged to celebrate by funding and starting the installation of a water storage system benefiting 600+ children of a local school in Tanzania and residents of the surrounding village.”
The firm has also given back through the RSM US Foundation, a tax-exempt public charity dedicated to building tomorrow’s middle market leaders and an annual Volunteer Day, during which thousands of RSM employees and clients team up to support charitable organizations in the cities where they live and work
Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO, said:“ At RSM, we value our employees and their unique skills, abilities and interests both inside and outside of the workplace. When he founded our firm more than 90 years ago, one of Ira B. McGladrey’s core principle was, ‘treat employees well’.
“We have found that supporting people both personally and professionally while fostering diversity in thoughts and ideas creates better outcomes for our clients and our firm. Supporting these nine deserving employees in pursuing their passions has been a very rewarding way to celebrate our 90th anniversary.”