BMF Named a 2019 All-Star in Niche Specialization

BMF has been named to INSIDE Public Accounting’s (IPA)2019 All-Stars Specialized Niche Firms for our significant and robust niche practice.

Stephanie E. Smith


3421 Ridgewood Road, Suite 300

Akron, OH 44333


About Stephanie

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Stephanie thrives on developing innovative solutions that increase efficiency and streamlines processes across a multitude of business levels. She is a change-agent that is passionate about creating systems and igniting shifts that build the overall capacity of the firm and foster change. Well-known for her enthusiasm, creativity, and organization, she has the innate capacity to manage projects from start to finish.

Collaborating with firm management, Stephanie contributes to the development and coordination of the firm’s strategic marketing and growth initiatives. This is accomplished through a variety of practices, including working with niche practice groups to incorporate the five areas of growth and development into their strategic plans; educating and guiding staff in their professional growth and development goals; providing best practices to blend content and messaging through social media, website development, and traditional marketing efforts; relationship development with strategic business partners and community organizations; managing charitable efforts to align with the firm’s philanthropic philosophy; and coordinating appropriate representation at client-sponsored and community events.

Bringing more than 25 years of marketing and office management experience to the firm, Stephanie’s prior experience includes serving as the Marketing and Business Development Manager at a regional accounting firm for eight years, where she managed the marketing, staff development, and business development efforts for a team of over 120 employees. Before that, she was responsible for managing the advertising and marketing for a national retailer’s corporate office and 13 branch locations, aiding corporate growth and expansion initiatives.

Along with her current role, Stephanie serves as the firm’s “CliftonStrengths® Champion,” coaching internal and external professionals on leveraging their strengths to help them recognize their full potential. She has presented on various topics related to marketing, professional and strengths-based development for CPAs, college students, community organizations and global accounting associations. Stephanie joined our firm in 2014.

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