Effective January 1, 2024, BMSS Advisors & CPAs proudly added two new Members to the firm bringing the total number to 34. This announcement follows an eventful close to 2023 with the merging in of Ridgeland, MS firm, Haddox Reid, and the rise to become a Top 100 CPA firm in the United States. The promotion of longtime employees Brad Brown, CPA and Brian Jackson (Abacus Technologies) further strengthens the firm’s leadership, focusing on providing exceptional client service and expanding the range of expertise within the organization.

Brad Brown, CPA has been an integral part of BMSS since 2014, serving as a senior manager in the tax department with a focus in the consumer business, manufacturing and distribution and real estate industries. Specializing in tax and consulting work for closely held businesses, Brad’s diligence and detail-oriented approach have contributed to his success.

As a graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration (Accounting) in 2009 and a Masters of Tax Accounting in 2010, Brad brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm. Beyond his professional achievements, Brad enjoys outdoor activities, including golf and various sports, and resides in Hoover, AL with his wife, Cara, and their two children.

Over the years, BMSS has continually grown to serve clients by expanding services, deepening areas of expertise, and equipping its people with the skills and knowledge necessary to take the best possible care of each client. This has resulted in the creation of the BMSS Family of Companies* to meet clients’ data, technology, payroll and financial planning and wealth management needs.

Abacus Technologies, which was created in 2000, provides cybersecurity, managed IT services, and business intelligence; all tailored to help companies overcome the challenges of the digital landscape and reach their full potential. President and COO of Abacus, Brian Jackson, has played a prominent role in the development and growth of the 2023 Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ) Fastest Growing Company. His unique blend of technology expertise and leadership experience has made him a strong asset to the firm.

Brian serves on the BMSS leadership team and was named a BBJ Top CEO in 2022. In his role as CEO of Abacus Technologies, he oversees all executive decisions and operations of the company along with providing client solutions and development. Brian began his career in technology by implementing accounting systems, business intelligence solutions and developing system integrations and now uses that experience to help clients implement and support business applications, computer hardware, network infrastructure, cloud solutions, and cybersecurity processes.

As an Auburn University alumnus with a BSBA and a Masters in Accounting, Brian contributes extensive expertise to the organization. His professional accomplishments span areas like cybersecurity, business intelligence, and information systems. Outside of work, Brian is passionate about outdoor pursuits such as fishing, hunting, and adventure sports. He lives in Trussville, AL, with his wife, Lynne, and their three children.

The promotions of Brad Brown and Brian Jackson align with BMSS Advisors & CPAs’ commitment to providing trustworthy leadership from within. As a result, BMSS feels confident that Brad and Brian’s upward mobility is a testament to the firm’s growth and dedication to delivering an exceptional experience to all clients.

*Other companies within the BMSS Family of Companies include BMSS Wesson Wealth Solutions and Payroll & Benefit Solutions (PBS). To learn more about BMSS Advisors & CPAs, visit www.bmss.com.

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