SC Grown: BPS CPAs Names Ben Lynch Partner

BPS Ben Lynch

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Bauknight Pietras & Stormer, P.A. (BPS), is pleased to announce that Ben Lynch, CPA, will be elevated to the firm’s leadership team as a partner effective January 1, 2023. He now assumes strategic and operational responsibilities for the South Carolina-based, award-winning accounting and tax consultancy firm, which serves clients across the United States and internationally.

Commenting on the announcement, BPS Managing Shareholder Russell Bauknight said, “We’re pleased to welcome Ben as a partner. Since we both work within BPS’ trust and estate practice, I’ve had the opportunity to work closely with Ben and see him grow as a highly competent advisor to our clients. Equally important, I’ve seen his leadership skills grow and how he is now developing younger members of our team. Developing our own partners has always been a firm goal. It demonstrates to our team that we are committed to their growth, and everyone has the opportunity to grow their career with BPS.”

Lynch joined the firm in 2008 after graduating from the University of South Carolina. As he progressed from a staff level tax accountant to senior manager, he assumed more responsibilities in client service as well as implementing the firm’s strategy; recruiting, retention and professional development; and developing an inclusive culture that has welcomed more diversity to BPS and the accounting profession.

“What attracted me when I joined BPS was its culture. Accounting can be a challenging profession, but BPS emphasizes support and mentoring its team as well as sponsoring teams and activities outside of work to provide balance. I love the people I work with and look forward to continuing our growth on all fronts as a partner,” Lynch said.

Lynch focuses his practice on estates and trust planning and compliance, a major area of expertise for BPS. As a trusted advisor, he also assists family-owned companies with succession planning to ensure a smooth transition from one generation to the next. Additionally, Lynch works with individuals on tax planning and matters with the Internal Revenue Service.

Lynch earned a B.S. in Business Administration-Accounting from the University of South Carolina. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, South Carolina Association of Certified Public Accountants and the Columbia Estate Planning Council. He is a past president of the Columbia Estate Planning Council.

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 more than 85 Certified Public Accountants and professional staff. BPS is a strategic, trusted partner to clients in the insurance, construction and real estate, trusts and estates, 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 and 2020 was recognized by Forbes as among the top recommended tax and accounting firms in America. Learn more at www.BPS.CPA


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