For over 23 years, Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith CPA firm has provided accounting services to clients in Birmingham and across Alabama. Two decades highlighted by steady growth and professional recognition.

In 1991, Keith Barfield, Don Murphy and John Shank decided to create a public accounting firm where employees can have a successful career that also supports their lives outside the office. The founders began as the only employees, with zero clients, in the basement of one of their homes. Steve Smith joined in 1994.

Now, twenty-three years later, BMSS has a staff of over 100 employees (including 50 CPAs) and provides services to over 2,000 clients. BMSS is one of the largest locally-owned firms in Alabama - ranking in the top 10 in size in Alabama and top 200 in the United States.  

This expansion has not been through mergers or acquisitions but through organic growth contributed in part to the family-friendly policies and core values of the firm: Character, Family, Life/Work Balance, and Treating Everyone Professionally.

BMSS has a high level of employee satisfaction, low turnover and the ability to recruit topnotch professionals. We utilize our low turnover to minimize staff changes. Staff consistency allows us to reduce costs to clients and ensure long-term relationships.

The employee growth and low turnover has allowed BMSS to receive several recognitions including “Top Small Workplace” by The Wall Street Journal, “Best Accounting Firm to Work For” by Accounting Today, “Best Place to Work” by the Birmingham Business Journal and the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility.

We are proud to be named a “Southern Hero” by SouthernLINC Wireless and to have received the AICPA Public Service award for our commitment to our community as demonstrated through service projects and employee volunteer days.

In 1998, BMSS was selected to join the prestigious BDO Alliance USA,  a nationwide alliance of accounting firms which brings us tools to better serve our clients with greater flexibility, efficiency and cost effectiveness and allows us to access national resources to assist in meeting client needs.

BMSS goes far beyond the accounting services a typical CPA firm might offer. As your business partner, BMSS can provide you with a one-stop shop of services including payroll, IT and VoIP services. Throughout the past 22 years, BMSS has identified client needs that led to the addition of new services such as estate planning and business valuations, plus the establishment of sister companies Abacus IT Solutions and Payroll & Benefit Solutions.

Clients recognize the value of working with BMSS. Of the 2,000 clients currently served by BMSS, over 500 of those clients have been with BMSS for over 10 years.

With BMSS, you will discover not all accounting firms are alike.

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