Trae joined Barfield, Murphy, Shank & Smith in 2017. Prior to joining BMSS, he worked for two CPA firms performing tax and audit work. His primary duties at BMSS include preparing tax returns for businesses and individuals as well as preparing SOC reports, compilations, reviews and audits for a variety of clients including not-for-profit, governmental and service organizations.
Described as hard-working and dedicated, Trae was drawn to the accounting profession because it offered him a way to make a positive impact in clients’ lives starting with their business or personal finances. His favorite quote is “Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” It reminds him that no matter what has happened in the past, he has the ability to keep moving forward and not be condemned for the past mistakes.
Growing up in Dallas, Georgia, Trae now lives in downtown Birmingham with his wife, Shea and their goldendoodle, Beau. He loves living in Birmingham and watching all of the new businesses and restaurants moving into the area. While in college, he played soccer and still enjoys playing the sport and any other sports in addition to running and working out.
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Alabama Society of CPAs (ASCPA)
- Birmingham Young CPAs Board Member
- Shorter University
- B.A. in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting
Personal Service Philosophy
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”