BMSS, LLC is proud to welcome nationally acclaimed, accounting industry expert and speaker, Michael Brand, to the firm as its newest member. A resident of Athens, AL, Brand received his B.S. in accounting from the University of North Alabama in 1989 and has been in the practice of public accounting since graduation. During those years, he has been involved in all aspects of public accounting, with an emphasis in providing accounting, auditing and review services to clients in the for-profit, nonprofits and governmental sectors.

Brand is also involved in various committees at both the state and national levels. He is a former member of the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) Professional Ethics Executive Committee, is the past chair of the AICPA’s Accounting and Review Services Committee and the Alabama Society of CPA’s Peer Review Committee and is the is the Chair-Elect for the ASCPA. Furthermore, Brand teaches continuing education classes across the country for state societies and individual firms and has received the AICPA’s Outstanding Discussion Leader Award multiple times along with the ASCPA’s Thomas A. Ratcliffe Outstanding Discussion Leader Award.

In addition to teaching, Brand regularly speaks at conferences nationwide and in various other countries. He conducts peer reviews across the United States and was formerly on the Peer Review Board, Joint Trial Board, and Quality Control Standards Task Force of the AICPA. He is the current co-chair of the Engage Conference (the AICPA’s largest conference held over multiple days with thousands of attendees).

“My reason for joining BMSS is that there is a feeling of not only truly providing a great client service, but also a spirit of giving back to the community and profession in a way that others talk about, but few accomplish to the level of BMSS,” said Brand.

“I also sense a great deal of forward-thinking people who work closely together to provide the best in client care, no matter what the issues are. Also, with the current rate of growth throughout the state of Alabama, especially in north Alabama, clients want that strong personal relationship that will help them reach their goals. There is no doubt in my mind that BMSS is in a great position to provide that going forward.”

“We are extremely excited and blessed to have someone of Mike’s caliber join our firm,” said BMSS CEO Don Murphy. “Mike is known throughout the state and nation for the quality of services that he provides and his knowledge base in his area of expertise. An equally big plus is that he is a genuinely nice person to get to know; he will fit in perfectly with the culture of our BMSS family.”

BMSS 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, wholesale 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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