Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A. (BPS) today announced that David Ward, CPA, has been named a shareholder in the firm effective January 1, 2024. The new role comes with expanded leadership responsibilities for the South Carolina-based, nationally recognized accounting and tax consultancy firm. BPS currently has 10 shareholders.
Ward joined BPS in 2006. In addition to directing BPS’ audit and assurance practice, he is a lead audit professional on BPS’ property and casualty insurance team, which includes regional and national commercial carriers, mutual insurers, captive insurance, reciprocals, and risk retention groups domiciled throughout the United States. This specialty practice area has been a significant driver of BPS’ growth in recent years.
In 2023, BPS was ranked in the top three Audit and Accountancy Services Firms by Captive Review, a leading online and print publisher covering the risk management and captive insurance communities. Each year, Captive Review showcases the specialized consultancy talent in the United States captive community, recognizing winners in 22 categories as the “gold standard.” Ward plays a key role in BPS’ success in the captive industry. He consults on a national basis with clients on the feasibility, formation, operations, and governance of captives. Ward is a member of captive insurance associations in South Carolina, North Carolina and Vermont.
Commenting on the announcement, Ward said, “BPS has achieved tremendous success over the last 30 years, and I am both humbled and honored to join the shareholder group at the firm. I look forward to providing leadership to our team, continuing to serve our loyal clients, and tackling whatever challenges and opportunities lie ahead.”
Ward’s clientele also includes energy infrastructure, construction and distribution companies, as well as associations, non-profits and employee benefit plans. He provides guidance to clients on internal controls, best practices, and complex accounting matters.
A native of Lexington, South Carolina, Ward earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration-Accounting and a Master of Accountancy from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants.
About Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A. (BPS)
Established in 1991, BPS is among the Southeast’s premier accounting and consulting firms and among the largest locally owned public accounting firms in South Carolina with nearly 100 Certified Public Accountants and professional staff. BPS is a strategic, trusted partner to clients in the insurance, construction and real estate, trusts and estates, hospitality, manufacturing, distribution, professional services, telecommunications, and technology industries. BPS is a member of Prime Global, an association of private accounting firms. The firm was recognized among America’s 50 Best of the Best Firms in 2020 by INSIDE Public Accounting, a top three advisory firm in the U.S. by Captive Review in 2023, and named among the top recommended tax and accounting firms in America by Forbes. In 2023, BPS was named among the top 10 Best Places to Work in South Carolina. Learn more at www.BPS.CPA.