As part of a planned growth strategy throughout the state of Alabama, BMSS is proud to announce it is merging with Huntsville-based CPA firm Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes. The merger will take place on January 1, 2019.  At this time, the existing BMSS location in Huntsville will relocate to HAGB’s office at 400 Meridian Street. Once the merger is complete, the combined entity will have 29 partners, 94 CPAs and approximately 225 employees. The two firms will consolidate under the name, BMSS, LLC.

“We have spent a great deal of time with Hall Albright’s leadership over the past year,” said BMSS Managing Member Don Murphy. “Through our time together, we have come to see how we both reflect and complement our respective firm’s cultures and values. Our combined forces will take BMSS to a new level that will continue to grow and expand just as the Huntsville metro area is growing and expanding.”

BMSS ranked 12th on Accounting Today’s 2018 Regional Leaders list for the Top Firms in the Gulf Coast region with an expected $25 million in annual revenue by the end of 2018. In addition to the CPA firm, the BMSS family of companies includes a wealth management company, BMSS Wesson Wealth Solutions, a payroll and benefits company, PBS, a PEO company, PBS PEO, and an IT company, Abacus IT Solutions. Since 1998, BMSS has also been an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned accounting firms.

Keith Barfield, Don Murphy and John Shank created BMSS in 1991 with the vision of a CPA firm that would provide an exceptional client experience while sustaining a healthy, happy work culture for its employees. The shareholders of Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes recognized their firm’s shared vision in BMSS.

“We share similar cultures, we share similar beliefs and we share similar core values,” said HAGB Shareholder Scott Garrison. “Bringing our two firms together just makes sense.”

Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes is a full-service public accounting firm whose team of CPAs and consultants have served the North Alabama area for over 30 years. The firm offers tax, audit, payroll and bookkeeping services, and specializes in serving government contractor clients. The firm 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.

“For many years, we have witnessed, admired and respected how BMSS has taken care of its people and its clients throughout the state,” said HAGB Shareholder Jon Hall. “Their culture and primary mission closely mirror ours. The skill sets of both firms are complementary to one another. It just seemed to make sense to bring the two firms together.”

“This merger is significant for all of us,” said BMSS Founding Partner Don Murphy. “In Hall Albright, we found people who, like us, could add real value at every stage of an organization’s life cycle with strengths that complement and extend our own. Beyond that, we feel that they’re a great fit with our people, our culture and our mission of delivering an exceptional client experience.”

Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith, LLC is a CPA firm located in Auburn, Birmingham, Gadsden, Huntsville and Opelika serving closely held businesses in various industries including construction, manufacturing, credit unions, nonprofits and technology. We provide the traditional accounting, auditing, and tax services as well as value-added services including payroll administration, wealth management and IT support. Since 1998, we have been 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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