More than 250 BMSS employees and family members laced up their running shoes on Saturday, May 2 to rally together, while remaining at least six-feet apart, in the BMSS Presents: Keep Corona Calm 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run. Participants ran from their own front doors and local parks in at least five different states but primarily throughout Alabama.

Among the participants was 89-year-old Army Lt. Col. Thomas D. Fluker, Sr. (ret.), the grandfather of BMSS Senior Manager Kate Fluker; 7-month-old Jonah Avery, son of Supervisor Hannah Avery, and a three-legged Pitbull mix named Harvey who belongs to Senior Analyst Zak Kimes.

Some went the extra mile and much more. Member Mike Brand warmed up with a 10.5-mile run before completing the 5K with his wife, followed by a 7:53-paced 1-mile “fun run,” only to cool down with one more mile, completing his 15.5-mile morning.

May 2 was supposed to be Staff Accountant Bailey Cook’s wedding day, but due to COVID-19, she and her fiancé Graham had to move their date to October. Their family and friends weren’t going to let the coronavirus hinder them from celebrating the special couple, though.

“Saturday morning, Graham and I met some of our friends and family that were participating in the 5K with us. When we got there, the whole group was decked out in fake race numbers and ‘bride tribe’ sashes – they even decked me out in a veil, sash, and made me a little bouquet.”

The ‘bride tribe’ ran the whole way through their 5K course in the Club View area of Gadsden dressed in their wedding race garb.

“Our wedding party and some of our closest friends and family surprised us at every corner of our running route,” said Cook. “They decorated the streets with messages in chalk and stapled posters on trees for us to see the whole way! It was so special, and we were so shocked and moved to tears that our friends and family got together to still make that day so memorable for us.”

Seven weeks into the COVID-19 virus and sending employees home to work to “flatten the curve,” Keep Corona Calm served as a moment of celebration and unity for the BMSS team.

Like most other businesses throughout the United States, BMSS made a swift shift to a primarily remote workforce overnight.

“One day, most of us were working in one of our four offices. The next, the lion’s share of us were at home, maintaining a steady work schedule while caring for our children and adjusting to a whole new work-life balance,” said BMSS Chief Executive Officer Don Murphy.

Murphy said that the BMSS leadership team has been incredibly proud, but not surprised, to witness the entire firm rise to the occasion, overcome daily obstacles and continue to provide seamless service throughout the crisis.

“We always strive to provide peace of mind to our clients and contacts. Over these few months, as businesses have faced the possibility of closing their doors permanently and banks have scrambled to fund PPP loans, this motto has become our laser focus amid so many unknowns.”

BMSS Advisors & CPAs was established in Birmingham in 1991 and has grown to be one of Alabama’s Top 3 accounting firms. With an entrepreneurial and innovative mindset at our core, the firm’s ultimate mission is to provide peace of mind to our clients. BMSS specializes in several industries, including manufacturing and distribution, construction, technology, nonprofits, and professional services. In addition to tax and audit, the firm offers robust practice areas in state and local tax, estate planning, employee benefit plan audits, and business advisory services. BMSS also provides services to public companies and 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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