Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes to Merge with Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith

Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes is proud to announce they are merging with Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith, a CPA firm based in Birmingham with locations in Auburn, Gadsden, Opelika, and Huntsville. The merger will take place on January 1, 2019. At this time, the existing BMSS location in Huntsville will relocate to HAGB’s office at 400 Meridian Street. Once the merger is complete, the combined entity will have 29 partners, 94 CPAs, and approximately 225 employees. The two firms will consolidate under the name BMSS, LLC.

 “We share similar cultures, we share similar beliefs and we share similar core values.” said HAGB Shareholder Scott Garrison. “Bringing our two firms together just makes sense.”

Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith ranked 12th on Accounting Today’s 2018 Regional Leaders list for the Top Firms in the Gulf Coast region with an expected $25 million in annual revenue by the end of 2018. In addition to the CPA firm, the BMSS family of companies include a wealth management company, BMSS Wesson Wealth Solutions, a payroll and benefits company, PBS, a PEO company, PBS PEO and an IT company, Abacus IT Solutions. Since 1998, BMSS has also been an independent member of the BDO Alliance USA, a nationwide association of independently owned accounting firms.

Keith Barfield, Don Murphy, and John Shank created BMSS in 1991 with the vision of a CPA firm that provided exceptional client experience while sustaining a healthy, happy work culture for its employees. The shareholders of Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes recognized their firm’s shared vision in BMSS.

“For many years, we have witnessed, admired and respected how BMSS has taken care of its people and its clients throughout the state,” said HAGB Shareholder Jon Hall. “Their culture and primary mission closely mirror ours. The skill sets of both firms are complementary to one another. It just seemed to make sense to bring the two firms together.”

Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes is a full-service public accounting firm whose team of CPAs and consultants have served the North Alabama area for over 30 years. The firm offers tax, audit, payroll and bookkeeping services and specializes in serving government contractor clients. The firm was formed in 2009 through a merger of House and Albright, P.C. and Hall and Garrison. With the addition of Greg Barnes in 2016, they became Hall Albright Garrison & Barnes, P.C.

“This merger is significant for all of us,” said BMSS Founding Partner Don Murphy. “In Hall Albright we found people who, like us, could add real value at every stage of an organization’s life cycle with strengths that complement and extend our own. Beyond that, we feel that they’re a great fit with our people, our culture and our mission of delivering an exceptional client experience.”

Barfield Murphy Shank & Smith

For more information, contact:
Laura Watkins, Marketing Manager