Our History

In 1991, Keith Barfield, Don Murphy and John Shank decided to leave a large, local firm to establish a new type of public accounting firm. The goal was to build a workplace that values character, family and life/work balance while creating a professional environment where each individual is treated with respect.

Nearly 30 years later, BMSS has grown into a top three accounting firm in Alabama with 27 partners, 88 certified public accountants and approximately 230 people across all businesses and offices. Broadly based, BMSS serves clients in the revenue range of $1 million to $50 million. The majority of the firm’s clients are family-owned/operated businesses; however, we work with startups, private equity firms, smaller main street businesses, nonprofits and municipalities, and we serve one of the largest family-owned businesses in the state of Alabama, which operates worldwide with over $3 billion in revenue. BMSS is a member of the prestigious BDO Alliance USA, which allows access to BDO’s tremendous national resources.

Over the last 10 years, BMSS has been consistently named as one of the top places to work by the Birmingham Business Journal and has kept true to its founders’ vision of adding value for clients by fostering an environment of personal and professional fulfillment.


Firm Established Keith Barfield, Don Murphy, John Shank


Joined the Firm: Steve Smith


Joined BDO Alliance


Abacus IT Solutions established


Payroll & Benefit Solutions established


Best Place to Work by The Wall Street Journal

JAN 2016

Downtown Birmingham Office Opened

APR 2016

BMSS Wesson Wealth Solutions established


Top CPA Firm in the BDO Alliance by the BDO Alliance

DEC 2016

Huntsville Office Opened


BMSS Celebrated 25 Years

MAR 2017

PBS PEO established

DEC 2017

Hindsman, P.C. joined

JAN 2019

Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes, P.C. joined

MAR 2019

Top 3 Accounting Firm in Alabama by Accounting Today


America’s Top Recommended Tax and Accounting Firms by Forbes


Top Regional Leader by Accounting Today


2020 Firm to Watch by Accounting Today


2020 Best Firm for Technology by Accounting Today


Best Place to Work by Birmingham Business Journal