Why BPS

Call it a better idea.

In 1991, several former “Big Four” CPAs decided to establish their own firm in Columbia, South Carolina, focused on providing business, financial, and tax solutions to owner-managed companies and wealthy individuals seeking an experienced, innovative, and independent firm immersed in national, state and local business issues.

Today that better idea, Bauknight Pietras & Stormer—BPS— is among the Southeast's premier accounting and consulting firms. Our shareholders—Ken Bauknight, Russell Bauknight, Tom Pietras, Chris Stormer, Jay Swearingen, Mike McGovern, Denise Gunter Hudson, Beth Bauknight and Bryan Hudson—have a combined 200 years of public accounting and IRS experience. Our team includes nearly 50 professionals and staff, each of who is committed to our clients and engaged in our community.

BPS serves as the preferred strategic partner of privately held businesses and wealthy individuals, providing tax, accounting and assurance, and business consulting services. Leadership, depth of technical skills, and a full range of short- and long-term, industry-focused solutions give BPS a competitive advantage and longevity with our clients.

It’s an approach that works. We attract professionals and staff who are bright and motivated. We attribute our success to meeting the unique needs of each client with professionalism, enthusiasm and high value.

BPS At A Glance

  • Serve international, national, state, and local clients
  • Tax, audit/assurance, consulting services
  • Nine shareholders, team of nearly 50 professionals and staff.
  • BPS serves the privately-owned and emerging business market throughout the United States from its headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina.
  • BPS is actively engaged in South Carolina’s entrepreneurial community, and has served as interim CFOs for start-up companies to help develop their business plans and raise capital.
  • BPS is a national leader in the telecommunications and technology industry and has performed numerous engagements for telecom companies across the country ranging from financial statement audits to agreed upon procedures in order to provide the appropriate level of assurance desired by stakeholders.
  • BPS is a leader in the property and casualty insurance industry with an emphasis on captive insurance, with a team of dedicated professionals serving the industry. BPS provides services to commercial carriers and alternative risk vehicles, including captives, risk retention groups, mutuals, and reciprocals located in domiciles throughout the United States.
  • BPS’s Estate, Gift & Trust Planning Group employs proactive strategies designed to preserve and enhance the value of estates for heirs and charitable beneficiaries.
  • BPS serves clusters of clients in several other industries including construction, manufacturing, distribution, hospitality, real estate, professional services, and employee benefit plans.
  • BPS professionals develop and deliver continuing professional education seminars to national audiences each year.
  • BPS shareholders and staff have co-authored four books: Guide to Business Financing, Guide to Start-ups, Guide to Electronic Data Extraction Software and Guide to Non-traditional Engagements
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