Tom joined Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, PA, in 1992 as a shareholder. He is the firm’s director of Accounting and Auditing and is responsible for ensuring that the firm is fully informed of current developments in accounting standards and in compliance with the latest auditing standards.
“I’m one of those people who love what they do. I’m very fortunate to work with great clients, surrounded by talented and supportive colleagues who all want to be successful and enjoy what they do.”
Since joining BPS, Tom has served as audit engagement partner and as technical review partner for clients in a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, manufacturing, dealerships and distribution, construction, and insurance. He leads the firm’s employee benefit plan practice, which conducts approximately 45 audits annually. Tom also manages the firm's litigation support services. He frequently serves as an expert witness relating to accounting and auditing issues. Tom is fluent in German and currently serves a number of German-owned companies.
Tom was an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina from 1996 through 2011, where he taught a graduate level accounting course for Masters of Accountancy students. He teaches accounting and auditing seminars to CPAs around the country. Speaking/teaching engagements have included:
Accounting for Income Taxes
Advanced Compilations and Reviews
Auditing Employee Benefit Plans
Current Accounting Developments
Employee Benefit Plan Reporting Requirements
Mergers and Acquisitions
Performing the Perfect Audit
Professional Ethics Update
Accounting and Auditing Update
“Teaching is a big part of what I do, whether at the university level, professional organizations, startup companies, or one-on-one with clients or our own BPS team members. Business, technology, regulations, and the world at large are constantly changing so success in business and on a personal level demands that we all be life-long learners.”
While working with Ernst & Young (EY) for 13 years prior to joining BPS, Tom provided audit and consulting services to some of EY's largest national and international clients based in South Carolina. He was a national seminar instructor, teaching EY's audit methodology to other firm professionals. He also served on quality review teams that performed audit quality reviews of other EY offices.
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