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Christine Zmich

Director, Business Development
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Summary of experience

Christine works with her clients by leveraging RSM experts to solve business challenges by engaging a combination of strategy, people, processes and technology approaches to help improve business results. She works to add value to her clients by identifying opportunities to drive revenue, reduce expenses, and mitigate their risks by leveraging technology inspired solutions to business-driven challenges. Her in-depth experience includes strategy and advisory services, process improvement, digital strategy, ERP, portals, business intelligence, collaboration, workflow, marketing, CRM, infrastructure, business development and social media. Christine serves our Great Lakes region including Ohio,Kentucky and Indiana geographies. Prior to joining RSM, she worked for technology companies as client relationship manager serving multiple Fortune1000 organizations. Christine’s notable engagements include:

  • Business transformation for international CPG company to support two times growth, identifying current state issues and ERP system requirements, establishing PMO office and defining a stage gate process and ERP system selection
  • Fortune100 retail organization—innovation, employee productivity, automation and intranet
  • Specialty chemical company—document management and retention project, and new revenue generation
  • Working with multiple technology firms—ERP selection, ERP implementation and process automation to support revenue growth objectives
  • Fortune1000 specialty chemical company—global intranet employee portal strategy
  • National media company—e-commerce, prototyping new business ventures, new digital media revenue sources and BTC portals including mobile
  • Architecture firm—remote managed services for infrastructure environment to support business growth and mobile apps

Christine has in-depth experience with organizational improvement, business process design and optimization, automation, strategic thinking, business intelligence, mobile and social media, marketing, e-commerce, CRM, Microsoft, SharePoint, quality assurance, Agile software development, business development, web design and performance improvement, sales effectiveness, knowledge management and project management.


  • Bachelor of Science, marketing, high honors, Michigan State University
  • Beta Gamma Sigma honor society

Brian Berning

Partner, Tax Services
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Summary of experience

Brian has over 20 years of experience, including leadership roles working with high-profile, middle market companies to provide proactive tax planning ideas and growth strategy consulting. Prior to joining RSM, he served as the local office managing partner of a national firm.

Brian’s primary responsibility is to serve as the client’s trusted advisor and enterprise account leader. He consults with a variety of industries, including software, e-commerce, information technology, professional services and life sciences.

Brian prides himself on being a service leader, both in the office and in the community. He is passionate about innovation, education and supporting economic development.

Brian is a recipient of Northern Kentucky University’s Haile/US Bank College of Business Leader of the Year Award, for distinguished accomplishments in financial management; LEAD Cincinnati’s C-suite Award, recognizing leading executives in Greater Cincinnati; comSpark’s Power 500, recognizing top executives championing innovation in Greater Cincinnati; NorthernKentucky Legacy’s Next Generation Leader Award and Cincinnati BusinessCourier’s Forty Under 40 Award.

Professional affiliations and credentials

  • Certified public accountant
  • REDI Cincinnati, board member
  • The Circuit, chairman of the board
  • Northern Kentucky University, dean’s advisory council
  • Northern Kentucky University Master of Accountancy, board advisor
  • Association for Corporate Growth, board member and content advisory committee
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, Big Brother


  • Bachelor of Science, accounting, Northern Kentucky University
  • Leadership Northern Kentucky