We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and were able to spend some time with friends and family. RSM and The RSM Classic had a lot to be thankful for this past year. 2016 marked the one-year anniversary of our unified RSM global brand, which united fellow firms from 120 countries with 38,300 employees in the RSM International network under a common brand. It was also the firm’s 90th year of providing audit, tax and consulting services to the middle market, and providing meaningful careers for our loyal employees, some of whom helped celebrate this significant milestone through their generous stewardship efforts. And, it was the seventh year of The RSM Classic this year, where we welcomed Mackenzie Hughes to the RSM "family" as the winner of the 2016 tournament, following a nail-biting five-man playoff that carried the tournament into Monday. We are so grateful for the 1,200+ volunteers who help make The RSM Classic such a success each year.
One of the charitable components of The RSM Classic is Birdies Fore Love (BFL). Through BFL, thousands of RSM partners, employees, clients and friends donated to charitable organizations in 86 cities nationwide. With a match from the RSM US Foundation, we raised $1.5 million for deserving nonprofit organizations this year, bringing the total raised through the tournament to nearly $7 million to date! (We’ll share the “real” grand total raised through the tournament after the first of the year, when ALL donations have been tallied.) An addition to the tournament’s fundraising efforts this year was a $10,000 check presentation from the RSM US Foundation to Folds of Honor, a nonprofit which provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of those killed or disabled while serving our nation. We are proud to support those served by Folds of Honor.
Now that the 2016 RSM Classic is behind us, we’re following Team RSM members as they move on to other activities. Zach Johnson is participating in the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he teed off at 11:30 a.m. ET today (Dec. 1) from tee No. 1. Davis Love III might not be on the course this week but he’s in the headlines! USA Today’s Steve DiMeglio wrote an article about Davis’ role as the unofficial mayor of St. Simons and the positive impact he makes in the community. Check out this excerpt from the article:
“He is Sea Island golf. But he’s shown much more than that for this community,” said good friend and fellow major champion Zach Johnson of the community known as the Golden Isles that stretches 100 miles along the Atlantic coast and includes barrier islands of Sea, St. Simons, Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll, as well as the mainland port of Brunswick.
“He’s a Hall of Fame guy in every sense, on and off the golf course,” Johnson added. “His résumé speaks for itself. But he’s more than a résumé.”
Quite an endorsement from a friend and fellow Sea Island resident! We’re proud that both Zach and Davis are members of Team RSM, along with Chris DiMarco, Paul Lawrie and Andy Sullivan.
Be sure to stop by next week to learn the latest on The RSM Classic and Team RSM. While next year’s tournament is a good way off (Nov. 13 – Nov. 19, 2017), we’ll continue to post weekly updates every Thursday.