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.

A North Carolinian’s Perspective on The RSM Classic

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

Due to the charitable efforts of all the employees in RSM’s Rocky Mount, NC office for the 2017 Birdies Fore Love program, my wife Lauren and I had the wonderful opportunity to attend The RSM Classic in Sea Island, GA.

From our first steps off the plane in Savannah, GA, we were greeted by a friendly face and have had a wonderul experience ever since. From the beautiful Cloister hotel with its charming, overgrown Oak trees to the friendly, smiling RSM representatives; it has definitely been an experience to be thankful for. Besides the gorgeous hotel and beautiful grounds, we were immediately taken aback by all the RSM signage and memorabilia. Our favorite were the floating RSM sign at the 18th hole and the “RSM Classic” carved into the hedging by the lighthouse. Walking around the tournament itself was quite impressive. Each friendly greeting and smiling face made you feel as if you were surrounded by old friends.

Saturday night, my wife and I had the opportunity to attend the Jake Owen concert at the McKinnon Airport. Before the main event, we networked with clients, partners and guests, and discussed stewardship at RSM. The stewardship culture and charitable programs RSM inspires is very much rooted into the nature of our business and the service we provide our clients.

The main event, Jake Owen, is definitely not something to overlook. Being front row at a private concert was quite a memorable occasion. The band was incredible, the music was fun, and Jake Owen was a blast to watch. I love how he recognized our troops and the devastating event in Las Vegas, and how he and talked about family and cherishing the special moments we have with each other.

Today, we enjoyed watching the last day of the tournament from the comforts of the RSM chalet. My wife and I walked around some of the course and had a chance to see the players tee off at various holes. We also enjoyed shopping at the official merchandise tent before heading back to the chalet to see the exciting end to the 2017 RSM Classic.

I am pleased to be an employee of a company, such as RSM, that has partnered with the Davis Love Foundation and raised more than $9 million for local communities and charities. The stewardship that is embedded into the culture at RSM is something that I am very proud to be a part of.  One of the highlights of the trip was having the opportunity to mingle with the people responsible for running this firm and putting together such wonderful events. I feel lucky to have been chosen to represent our Rocky Mount office, and look forward to bringing these memories back to the office to share with my fellow colleagues. I hope I will get to enjoy The RSM Classic again in the future because that’s exactly what this event is, a classic – timeless, and truly a ladies and gentlemen’s occasion.

Being part of a company that cares about its employees, its clients, and those in need has truly been an extraordinary experience over the past four years since I’ve been with RSM, and I look forward to continuing my future with the firm.  

Thank you Rocky Mount, NC RSM Office!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Winding Down

The final wave of RSM guests began arriving on Sea Island yesterday (Fri., Nov. 17), and wrapped up the second round of The RSM Classic with an evening reception at The Cloister.

A few highlights from the day – in addition to the world-class golf, of course – included guest appearances on Sirius XM Radio with RSM US LLP COO Bill Gorman and CMO Andy Bosman. Jamie Burgess – partner, Risk Advisory Services in RSM’s Jacksonville office, made a guest appearance on Coastal Living News, and Andy also made a morning appearance on Back 9 Boys Saturday morning. One of the common themes from each of these conversations: the fact that stewardship is such an integral part of the game of golf and of RSM. It’s one of the core values RSM and the game share. Others include respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence.
This morning (Sat., Nov. 18) featured a Folds of Honor Million Dollar Challenge on Hole 1 of the Plantation course, beginning at 8 a.m. Thirteen finalists will compete on the 18th hole of Seaside immediately following play this afternoon, just before a concert by country music star Jake Owen this evening at McKinnon Airport. Why thirteen finalists? Thirteen is the number of folds in the American flag when it’s presented to family members of fallen veterans.

Check back tomorrow for another update from beautiful Sea Island, home of The RSM Classic.