Thursday, January 18, 2018

A New Member and Supporting Good Causes


Earlier this week, RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – sponsor of The RSM Classic – announced the addition of Chris Kirk, PGA TOUR professional and winner of the 2013 RSM Classic, to Team RSM. Kirk, a native of Atlanta and a former resident of Sea Island, home of The RSM Classic, claimed his first PGA TOUR victory at the Viking Classic (now the Sanderson Farms Championship) in 2011 and claimed the second of his four PGA TOUR victories at The RSM Classic in 2013. Most recently, he took home the trophy at the 2015 Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

“The game of golf and RSM have a lot of common, including our core values of respect, integrity, teamwork, excellence and stewardship. Over the past four years we have had an opportunity to get to know Chris and Tahnee, and we couldn’t be more excited to have the Kirk family as part of Team RSM. Chris’s passion for his family, his community and for the game of golf make him a great fit not only with RSM, but with the other members of Team RSM, as well.”  – Andy Bosman, chief marketing officer with RSM US LLP
 
This week on the golf course, Team RSM members Zach Johnson and Chris Kirk are playing in the Career Builder Challenge. Joining in the fun at La Quinta, CA for the tournament are past RSM Classic winners Ben Crane (2011), Kevin Kisner (2015), Mac Hughes (2016), and Austin Cook (2017). Below are their tee times for Thurs., Jan. 18:
 
PLAYER
TEE #
TEE TIME (PST)
COURSE
Zach Johnson
1
9:10 a.m.
La Quinta Country Club
Chris Kirk
10
10:10 a.m.
La Quinta Country Club
Austin Cook
1
9:40 a.m.
Nicklaus Tournament
Mac Hughes
1
9:40 a.m.
Nicklaus Tournament
Kevin Kisner
10
10:10 a.m.
Nicklaus Tournament
Ben Crane
10
10:20 a.m.
Nicklaus Tournament
 
Starting off the new year on a charitable note, the PGA TOUR recently shared an article about the total amount generated for charities by tournaments in 2017. The article discusses how the 2017 tournaments surpassed $180 million, which exceeded last year’s record by $14 million! Below is an excerpt from the article. Read the full piece here.
The announcement brings the all-time total generated for charity by the PGA TOUR to $2.65 billion. The TOUR surpassed $1 billion in 2005 and $2 billion at the beginning of 2014.
 
“The entire PGA TOUR family takes tremendous pride in the positive impact that we continue to make each year through the millions of dollars that are raised for very deserving charitable organizations,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “As we often note, beyond the sheer dollar amount, the real story is in the hundreds of thousands of lives that benefit from these contributions every year. Thank you to all of the tournaments, players, sponsors, volunteers and fans who make all of this possible.”
 
The shared focus on stewardships values is one of the reasons RSM got involved with golf initially. One of the most gratifying aspects of sponsoring The RSM Classic is the opportunity it provides to give back. Supporting nonprofit organizations, especially those focused on enhancing educational outcomes and the quality of life for children and families, is an extension of RSM’s rich history of community involvement – a history that began more than 90 years ago when our firm began in 1926.
 
Through The RSM Classic’s Birdies Fore Love program, thousands of RSM partners, employees, clients and friends donate each year to charitable organizations across the country.  With a match from the RSM US Foundation, we have been able to give more than $2 million to deserving organizations this year alone, bringing the grand total raised through the tournament to $9 million to date. And the numbers from this year’s tournament are still coming in.
 
Check back next week for more updates on Team RSM, The RSM Classic (Nov. 12-18, 2018) and other golf-related news.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hello 2018!


Happy New Year!
 
We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that you were able to spend some quality time with friends and family. The East Coast is greeting 2018 with a winter storm, so we hope all those being impacted stay warm and safe!
 
With the start of each year comes new resolutions. If any of yours were golf-related, PGA.com shared five tips to help you keep those resolutions in 2018. Take a look at some of the tips and tricks.
 
It’s a relatively quiet week for Team RSM, although Kevin Kisner, 2015 RSM Classic winner and Austin Cook, 2017 RSM Classic winner, is playing this week in the Sentry Tournament of Champions at Kapalua Resort in beautiful Hawaii. You can follow along here.
 
And as we begin the new calendar year, we thought we’d take a walk down memory lane. During the 2017 RSM Classic tournament week, we did a quick Q&A with multiple PGA TOUR players. Check out some of the interviews to get a little more insight on these players.

KEVIN KISNER (2)

J.J. SPAUN

BUBBA WATSON

VAUGHN TAYLOR (2)

CHRIS KIRK

BRIAN GAY

PATTON KIZZIRE

BLAYNE BARBER

MAC HUGHES

JOEL DAHMEN

JASON KOKRAK

BRANDT SNEDEKER (2)

WEBB SIMPSON

 
We’re looking forward to seeing what 2018 has in store for Team RSM and The RSM Classic (scheduled for Nov. 12-18 this year). Be sure to stop by next week for our next update.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Reflections

As the year winds down, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on just a few of the main highlights over the past 12 months!
  • We welcomed Austin Cook as the newest member of the RSM “family” after he won the eighth RSM Classic in November.
  • More than 1,100 volunteers donated their time and talents to help make the 2017 RSM Classic a success by welcoming to PGA TOUR players, RSM guests and golf fans from around the world to beautiful Sea Island.
  • We welcomed Todd Thompson as our tournament director.
  • We celebrated Team RSM Member Davis Love III as he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.  
  • We added quite a few new members to Team RSM: Dru Love, Paul Waring and Hinrich Arkenau
§  RSM employees, partners, principals, clients and friends raised more than $2 million for local and national charitable organizations aligned with the RSM US Foundation’s mission to build tomorrow’s middle market leaders through our Birdies Fore Love program. To date, The RSM Classic has raised more than $9 million for local and national charitable organizations that support children and their families. That number increases each year through our employee-led Birdies Fore Love program.
§  We thanked the Sea Island community and Sea Island Golf Course employees who worked together tirelessly after Hurricane Irma to restore the island – and the golf courses – to their former beauty.   
§  Sea Island, home to The RSM Classic, received some incredible recognitions this year:  U.S. News released itsBest Hotels in the USA,’ and Sea Island Resorts – The Lodge and The Cloister – took the top two spots for the best in Georgia! On the overall list of the best in the USA, The Lodge ranked No. 5, and The Cloister ranked No. 55. Forbes recognized Sea Island Resorts with four Five-Star awards! Five-Star Hotels: The Cloister and The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club; Five-Star Restaurants: Georgian Room; Five-Star Spas: The Spa at Sea Island; and Recommend Restaurants: Colt & Alison
 
This will be our last post of 2017, as many of us here at RSM US LLP are taking time off over the next two weeks to celebrate the holidays and ring in the new year. Thank you for your continued support of Team RSM and The RSM Classic. Wishing you and yours a healthy, happy and prosperous 2018! 
 

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Another Thankful Year


In what seems like the blink of an eye, the 2017 RSM Classic has come and gone! It was another wonderful year full of new memories, winners and giving! We have so much to be proud about in this season of thanks and giving.
 
What makes our tournament so unique? It’s the southern hospitlaity and environment of Sea Island. To the 1,100 volunteers who give their time and talents to the tournament each year, we are so grateful for your time and warm welcome each year.   To the staff at The Lodge and The Cloister, we appreciate your making sure that our guests feel at home and that their needs are met while they’re on the island. And to our Team RSM Members who joined us at Sea Island, Davis Love III, Zach Johnson, Chris DiMarco and Dru Love, thank you for taking the time to connect with our guests and for giving them a special experience. 
 
In addition, it was an incredible year on the ‘giving’ side. There are no words to express how much our people, clients and friends amaze us each year by showing what stewardship is all about. RSM was pleased to present the Davis Love Foundation with a check for $2,035,206 as a result of the firm’s employee-led Birdies Fore Love (BFL) campaign in connection with this year’s tournament.
 
 








Also during this year’s tournament, RSM presented a check for $10,000 to Folds of Honor, a national nonprofit focused on providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members.

“Having Folds of Honor as an integral part of this year’s tournament was a privilege,” said Bill Gorman, chief operating officer for RSM US LLP. “As the child of a military family, I understand the sacrifices made by those who serve, as well their families. Our Stars and Stripes employee network group, along with the rest of RSM’s 9,000 people, take great pride in supporting our nation’s veterans, and are humbled to be able to support the families of those who have been injured or lost their lives while serving our country.”  
 
Proceeds from this year's RSM Classic will benefit Special Olympics, the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia and other national and local charitable organizations aligned with the RSM US Foundation’s mission of building tomorrow’s middle market leaders by supporting organizations committed to providing a more stable environment for youth in the areas of education, hunger, housing and health as well as the mission of the Davis Love Foundation to benefit children and their families.
 
Check back next week for more updates on Team RSM, The RSM Classic and other golf-related news. And go ahead and mark your calendar now for next year’s RSM Classic, which will be held Nov. 12-18, 2018.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The RSM Classic: The Best of Golf, and More

 
Today’s update is from Alissa Hatch, who is based out of RSM’s San Antonio office. Alissa had the opportunity to visit Sea Island for The RSM Classic this year, as a result of her leadership role in raising charitable funds for deserving children- and family-focused nonprofits through the firm’s Birdies Fore Love initiative. Read Alissa’s  first-hand account about her time at the 2017 RSM Classic below.

I had a wonderfully unique experience at The RSM Classic. My husband and I were given true VIP treatment as RSM guests, with beautiful accommodations at The Cloister and access to the RSM chalet with a perfect view of the 18th hole. I was impressed by how the tournament, and all the planning ran like clockwork.
 
The highlight for us on Saturday was attending the Jake Owen concert.  We entered from backstage, and had a VIP section right in front of the stage. 
 
After walking around the course a bit on Sunday, we returned to the RSM chalet to follow the final players as they completed their rounds at the 18th. We had the absolute best view as Gay made his eagle shot from over 100 yards. Our excitement was still high when soon after Cook made his winning shot.

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have  attended The RSM Classic.