Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A., which started in 1991 as a four-person accounting practice, has been ranked the No. 1 accounting firm in the Columbia region, according to Columbia Business Review’s annual book of lists released earlier in August.

BPS, the largest locally owned public accounting firms in South Carolina, is a multi-disciplinary accounting and tax consultancy that includes 41 CPAs and a total staff of 65.

“Starting a business is never easy, but we were fortunate to quickly assemble a talented leadership team with deep experience working with the IRS, global accounting firms and leading local firms,” said managing shareholder Kenneth Bauknight, CPA, one of BPS’s founders. “We brought diverse experience and perspectives to the Columbia market that have served our clients well and enabled us to build our business fairly quickly.”

Bauknight is equally proud of the firm’s record of job creation and mentoring future CPAs. Each year, BPS welcomes interns from the University of South Carolina and Clemson University to work side-by-side with its professional staff during tax and audit seasons. For the past three years, BPS has been named among the Best Places to Work in South Carolina.

“We’ve worked hard to make BPS a trusted partner to our clients and a great place for people to build careers,” Bauknight said. “Being recognized as No. 1 by Columbia Business Review is an honor.”

While BPS is located in Columbia, its national and local clientele includes corporations, privately held businesses, start-up companies and individuals. The firm has expertise in captive insurance, telecom, real estate, and fiduciary services encompassing business succession planning, trusts and estates. BPS shareholders regularly speak and publish as experts on these issues.

BPS Shareholder Russell Bauknight, CPA, was recently named to the World Board of PrimeGlobal, one of the world’s five largest associations of independent accounting firms.

Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A., serves as a strategic partner to clients, providing tax, accounting and assurance, and business planning services, as well as trust and estate planning. BPS serves a diverse client base in construction, employee benefits, hospitality, manufacturing and distribution, professional services and technology. BPS is a member of Prime Global, an association of private accounting firms.