Bauknight Pietras & Stormer CPAs Adds David M. Ward as a Firm Partner

WardCOLUMBIA, S.C. (December 17, 2020) – Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A. (BPS), is pleased to announce that David M. Ward, CPA, will join the firm’s leadership team as a partner effective January 1, 2021. With the promotion, will assume strategic and operational responsibilities for the South Carolina-based, nationally ranked accounting and tax consultancy firm.

Commenting on the announcement, BPS Managing Shareholder Russell Bauknight said, “We’re pleased to start 2021 by welcoming David as a partner. One of BPS’ goals is to grow our own talent by hiring smart and investing in professional development. So it was very gratifying to have David ascend to the firm’s leadership team. Since joining BPS, he’s focused on building an industry-leading knowledge base in property and casualty insurance, which in turn contributed to BPS’ growth. He’s an asset to our clients, the firm, and younger team members who also want to grow their careers with BPS.”

Ward joined BPS in 2006 straight out of college, rising through the ranks to become 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. He consults on a national basis with clients considering establishing captive insurance companies on the issues of feasibility, formation, operations, and governance. Ward is a member of captive insurance associations in South Carolina, North Carolina and Vermont, and chairs the education committee for the South Carolina Captive Insurance Association and coordinates its Captive Academy.

Ward’s clientele also includes energy infrastructure, construction and distribution companies, as well as associations, non-profits and employee benefit plans. As a BPS trusted advisor, he provides guidance to clients on internal controls, best practices, and complex accounting matters including the impact various transactions will have on clients’ financial statements and related disclosures.

A native of Lexington, South Carolina, Ward earned a B.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 31 Certified Public Accountants and 38 professional staff. BPS is a strategic partner to clients in the insurance, construction and real estate, employee benefits, hospitality, manufacturing and distribution, professional services, telecommunications, and technology industries. BPS is a member of Prime Global, an association of private accounting firms, and was recognized as one of America’s 50 Best of the Best Firms in 2020 by INSIDE Public Accounting, the top tax advisory firm in the U.S. by Captive Review, and in 2019 was recognized by Forbes as among the top recommended tax and accounting firms in America. Learn more at

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