UNI alum named CEO of accounting firm


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UNI Alum Brian Becker was announced the next CEO of RSM US LLP, one of the largest tax, audit and consulting firms in the country.

Karla DeBruin, Managing Editor

UNI Alum Brian Becker (‘89) was recently announced as the next CEO of RSM US LLP (RSM). RSM is one of the largest tax, audit and consulting firms in the country. Having graduated with a degree from UNI, Becker started as an auditor in 1989 for RSM.  

“I’m thrilled and honored to have been selected to serve as RSM’s next Managing Partner & CEO. I am truly grateful to Joe Adams, who has served in the role for 10 years, for his outstanding leadership and stewardship to RSM,” Becker wrote.

Becker, originally from Waterloo, felt the decision to attend UNI was a “natural choice.” A first generation college student, Becker and his four siblings attended UNI and he knew getting a college degree was important to him. 

After six years of being an auditor, he gained a foundation and an expertise in business that would help in his role as Managing Partner and CEO. He then transferred to build the technology infrastructure from the ground up. Becker worked at Radio Shack in college and felt that the job really sparked his interest in that position.  He then became the regional consulting leader, and that position eventually led him to lead the entire consulting line. 

RSM also has a professorship with UNI. Announced in 2017, the program includes attracting and retaining high quality educators. There are many partners, principals and alumni of UNI involved. The goal is to give back to UNI, Cedar Falls and the accounting profession. RSM has hired many UNI alum for years and Becker is excited to continue that friendship.

“I got a great education at UNI that provided me with a solid foundation, but my education didn’t end at graduation,” Becker said. “Lifelong learning is key.”