Alabama’s second largest advisory CPA firm, BMSS Advisors & CPAs, is proud to share its newly promoted employees.

Heather Chappelle has been promoted to Director of Human Resources. A Birmingham native and Auburn University alumna, Heather has been with BMSS for four years and has practiced human resources for 15 years. In her role she leads the human resources team in exceptional hiring, onboarding and employee development experiences. She is also responsible for championing firmwide culture initiatives and helping BMSS maintain their decades’ long recognition as a best place to work.

Laura Watkins has been promoted to Director of Audience Development. A Mobile native and Auburn University alumna, Laura has been with BMSS for five years and has worked in marketing, public relations and business development for more than 15. In her role she leads the Audience Development team which is responsible for the firm’s marketing, business development, event management, public relations and Exceptional Client Experience initiatives. Laura is an active member of the Birmingham community serving as a board member for Lifeline Children’s Services, steering committee member for Women of Influence Birmingham (WIN) and volunteer for Westminster School at Oak Mountain.

Luke Arnett, CPA, has been at BMSS since 2013 and has recently been promoted to Senior Manager. He specializes in audit and assurance services, including annual financial statement audits, general and merger consulting, supervisory committee agreed upon procedures and BSA and ACH agreed upon procedures. As one of the firm’s accountability leaders, Luke works primarily with financial institution clients and can be found attending chapter meetings for local credit unions, as well as at the annual League of Southeastern Credit Union events.

Jake Bechert, CPA, has been promoted to Senior Manager. With seven years at BMSS and eight in the industry, Jake has set himself apart by the quality of his tax and audit services, specifically with governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, manufacturers and employee benefit plans. Jake is an Alabama native and holds degrees from the University of Alabama and Huntingdon College.

Amanda Houston, CPA, joined the Gadsden office in 2020 and has been promoted to Senior Manager for both the tax and audit departments. With over 18 years of experience, she specializes in working with small business consulting and tax compliance, but also has depth in a variety of businesses and industries.

Kayla Phillips, CPA, joined BMSS in 2021 and has recently been promoted to Senior Manager. With over 15 years of experience focusing on auditing and attestation services, Kayla specializes in working with governments and nonprofit entities. A Jacksonville State University alum and a Rainbow City resident, Kayla is a member of the AICPA, ASCPA and Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy.


The following have been promoted to Manager:

Dalton Bradshaw, CPA

Ryan Carter, CPA

Kelly Love

Tracy Mann

Jennifer Mayfield, CPA

Drew Nicol, CPA

Emily Riles, CPA

Tyler Roberts, CPA

Cassandra Sanders, CPA


The following has been promoted to CAS Specialist B:

Rebecca Walker


The following have been promoted to Supervisor:

Nathan Bunn, CPA

Patsy Harmening

Marlene Martinez

Mason Murphy, CPA

Hannah Winborne, CPA


The following have been promoted to Senior Accountant:

Eliza Capps, CPA

Caroline Gilmer, CPA

Bentley King, CPA

Cooper Melvin, CPA, JD

Micah Murphy

Brittney Pratt

Alli Reaves

Sarah Shirley

Olivia Vincent, CPA

Caleb Yarbrough, CPA


The following have been promoted to Staff B:

Justin Barkley

Kiara Cates

Ryan Crockett

Hannah Donovan

Jessica Fair

Brady Garris

John Will Graham

Katie Hurt

Andrew Lang

Julia Matthews

Mackenzie Overton

Lindsey Rogers

Molly Stone

Anthony Vintson, CPA


BMSS Advisors & CPAs was established in 1991 and has grown to be one of Alabama’s Top 2 accounting and advisory firms. With an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset at its core, the firm’s ultimate mission is to provide peace of mind for its clients. BMSS specializes in several industries, including manufacturing, wholesale distribution, construction, technology, nonprofit and government contracting. In addition to tax and audit, the firm boasts a robust business advisory practice area which includes transaction advisory services, valuation services, client accounting solutions, mergers and acquisitions, and CFO advisory services. BMSS also specializes in state and local tax, estate planning and employee benefit plan audits. The firm is 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. For more information, visit:


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