It’s a Life/Work Balance, Not Work/Life Balance

At BMSS Advisors & CPAs, the goal is to provide a workplace that values character, family and a life/work balance while creating a professional environment where each individual is treated with respect. A life/work balance places the emphasis on our employees’ well-being above the bottom line. We believe happy employees equal happy clients because that means a more consistent team to serve that relationship year after year.

How Did We Get Here?

Established in 1991 by Keith Barfield, Don Murphy, and John Shank with the vision of creating a CPA firm that would provide peace of mind for its clients while sustaining a healthy, happy culture for its employees, BMSS has grown to become one of the Southeast’s top advisory and accounting firms. With five offices in three cities throughout Alabama: Birmingham (Colonnade, Downtown and Riverchase), Gadsden and Huntsville and one office in Ridgeland, Mississippi, the firm now has 34 partners, 125 certified public accountants and more than 325 people across all businesses and offices. This incredible growth has been accomplished both organically and through merging with like-minded firms:

Hindsman, P.C.

In January 2018, BMSS merged with Hindsman, P.C. Founded in 1928 by George King in Gadsden, Alabama, brothers Scott and Todd Hindsman became the managing shareholders in 1995 and are now BMSS members, along with Caryn Stark. Widely known throughout Etowah County as trusted advisors and community leaders, the Gadsden office has been a perfect addition to the BMSS family. One interesting fact about the Gadsden office is that the first woman to become a CPA in Alabama, Clara Chambers Lelievre, worked in George King’s practice back in the 1940s right after she graduated from the University of Alabama.

Hall, Albright, Garrison & Barnes (HAGB)

In January 2019, Hall, Albright, Garrison & Barnes (HAGB) joined BMSS to further enhance the firm’s capabilities. A full-service public accounting firm whose team of CPAs and consultants have served the North Alabama area for over 30 years, HAGB offers tax, audit, payroll and bookkeeping services, as well as specializing in serving the government contracting community. The company was formed in 2009 through a merger of House and Albright, P.C. and Hall and Garrison. With the addition of Greg Barnes in 2016, they became Hall, Albright, Garrison & Barnes, P.C. HAGB’s commitment to quality and excellence in work product and client experience has only served to strengthen BMSS.

Haddox Reid Eubanks Betts, PLLC (Haddox Reid)

Effective December 1, 2023, renowned Mississippi CPA and Advisory firm Haddox Reid Eubank Betts PLLC (Haddox Reid), merged to create a BMSS presence in Mississippi. Haddox Reid has been in business for over 60 years with a stellar reputation for being a leading provider of high-quality professional services for many of Mississippi’s leading companies and individuals. The firm specializes in several industries, including (but not limited to) manufacturing, wholesale distribution, construction, technology, nonprofit and government contracting. In addition to tax planning and compliance and assurance services, the firm boasts a robust business advisory practice area which includes transaction advisory, valuation, client accounting solutions and CFO advisory services.

Our Membership in the BDO Alliance USA

We are an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned local and regional accounting, consulting and service firms with similar client service goals. The BDO Alliance USA presents an opportunity for firms to expand services to clients without jeopardizing our existing relationships or our autonomy by accessing the resources of BDO USA and other Alliance members. The BDO Alliance USA was developed to provide Member firms with an alternative strategy for gaining competitive advantage in the face of a changing business landscape. The Alliance represents an opportunity for BDO to enhance relationships with reputable firms. The BDO Alliance USA is a subsidiary of BDO USA, P.C., a Virginia professional corporation.

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