Thomas D. Pietras, CPA

Thomas D. Pietras, CPAPietras

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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.

Education
•  BS, Accounting, University of South Carolina
 
Areas of Expertise
•  Auditing and Financial Reporting
•  Auditing Employee Benefit Plans
•  Compilations and Reviews
•  Litigation Support
•  International Companies
•  Mergers and Acquisitions
 
Industry Expertise
•  Construction
•  Distribution
•  Litigation Support
•  Manufacturing
•  Telecommunications
•  Captive insurance
•  Technology/Startup Companies
 
Professional Involvement
•  Member, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
•  Member, South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants
 
Published Articles
•  Starting and Operating a Business in South Carolina, Oasis Press, copyright 1987 and 1988. (Co-author)
•  “When is Cash in the Bank Not REALLY Cash in the Bank?” Carolina Healthcare Business, Volume 2, Issue 6, November/December 1999, 12.
•  “Tom's Four Rules for Better Budgeting,” Carolina Healthcare Business, Volume 3, Issue 3, May-June 2000, 14-15.
•  “Making Strategic Alliances Work,” Business & Economic Review, Volume 47, Number 4, July-August-September 2001, 9-12. (Co-author with Christian Stormer)
 
Community Involvement
•  Finance Committee, Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce
•  Former Treasurer, Spring Valley Education Foundation
•  Former Columbia Advisory Board—German American Chamber of Commerce
•  Former Board Member, American Red Cross Blood Services (Chairman of Finance Committee)
•  Former President/Treasurer, Northeast Columbia Soccer Association
•  Former Board Chair, Keep America Beautiful of the Midlands 
•  Former Treasurer, Columbia City Ballet
•  Former Treasurer, South Carolina Youth Soccer Association
•  Former Treasurer, Committee of 100
•  Former Treasurer, Navigating From Good To Great Foundation 

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