Friday, November 20, 2015

Numbers Tell the Story


Today’s golf blog update is a guest post by Teresa Carlin, a project manager in tax consulting services for RSM US, and the firm’s national Birdies Fore Love leader. Teresa is based out of the firm’s Washington, DC office. She participated in this year’s RSM Classic activities as part of her role with Birdies Fore Love.

$1.2 million dollars raised by RSM US employees, partners, families and friends our firm’s 80+ offices nationwide for more than 70 very deserving local and national charitable organizations as part of the RSM Classic’s Birdies Fore Love program this year. I’m blown away by these numbers. But maybe I shouldn’t be because, although we deal with numbers every day as an audit, tax and consulting firm, these numbers really reflect what RSM is all about – stewardship.

The 2015 RSMClassic marks my second year at the tournament in return for leading our firm’s Birdies Fore Love program. I continue to be impressed by the focus on stewardship and charity at the tournament, along with all of the fantastic golf, musical performances, accommodations at Sea Island Resort and countless other events. Wed., Nov. 18, we had the pleasure of watching the annual charity putting tournament, where children from the local chapters of Boys and Girls Club, along with Special Olympics athletes, paired up with PGA Tour Professionals and RSM US executives to have a little fun and show off their golf skills. It is so fun to watch this interaction and see the kids have such a great time.

That evening, we attended a surprise private musical performance with one of my all-time favorite bands, Hootie & the Blowfish. I blogged last year about how they were actually my very first concert, so it was cool to see them reunite, and in such an intimate setting at the Cloister lobby. We had a great time watching the concert and catching up with a number of colleagues, including my Birdies Fore Love co-leader Alex Monahan and our Irvine office champion, Kelli Gural. One of the best things about The RSM Classic is being able to spend time with co-workers, firm leaders and clients from across the country and around the world in a fun and relaxed setting.

Thurs., Nov. 19, Alex and I had an early morning radio interview with Sirius XM Radio’s Matt Adams about the success of our firm’s Birdies Fore Love efforts. Matt was super friendly and fun to chat with, and that interview marked both of our first on-air experiences. We followed up with some great golf watching and hanging out at the RSM hospitality chalet, which was nice because it gave us a warm, dry place to avoid the day’s on again, off again, rainy weather. A reception at the Lodge that evening made for another fantastic evening, with Team RSM member Chris DiMarco sharing a few words about his partnership with RSM with the group.

I’m so proud, thankful and happy to be at Sea Island to mark the end of another successful Birdies Fore Love program, and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the future!