The National Academy of Public AccoSVH Newsunting Professionals (NAPAP) has selected Stephen Von Hagel, CPA, of BMSS, LLC in Birmingham as one of the 2015 “Top 10 Public Accounting Professional Rising Stars” in Alabama. The award is designed to recognize outstanding public accounting professionals who have been practicing for less than fifteen years.

“We are very pleased to recognize Mr. Von Hagel, whose expertise, leadership and impressive achievements in the field of public accounting while practicing for less than fifteen years have earned him this significant honor,” says Paul Witte, Executive Director of NAPAP.

A primary charter of the National Academy of Public Accounting Professionals is to recognize and distinguish the top public accounting professionals in each state. The accountants who make the NAPAP “TOP 10 Rising Stars” list demonstrate an extensive amount of knowledge, skill, experience and success in the field of accounting, while practicing for less than 15 years. To achieve this award, the accountants must first be nominated by industry peers or satisfied clients. The nominees are reviewed by the NAPAP research committee, which evaluates each nominee’s credentials against the award criteria, and compiles a list of finalists from which the NAPAP Board of Governors selects the Top 10 Rising Stars. Selection criteria include education, years of experience, areas of expertise, certifications, publications, awards, leadership, and client satisfaction.

Von Hagel has over 10 years of experience in public accounting, and has attained the position of Senior Manager with BMSS. He specializes in financial statement audits, single audits, reviews, and compilation services for clients in the healthcare, construction, manufacturing, distribution, non-profit, governmental, transportation and technology industries.

Von Hagel graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. degree in Commerce and Business Administration and a Master’s of Accountancy. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He is also a graduate of the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants Leadership Program.

Von Hagel is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Alabama Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Alabama Utility Contractors Association.

In the community, Von Hagel serves on his church’s Finance Council. Nominations for the 2016 NAPAP “Top 10 Public Accounting Professionals” and “Top 10 Public Accounting Professional Rising Stars” awards will be accepted beginning January 1, 2016. For details, visit

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