AMD Business Solutions, Inc. is a collaboration of talent, experience and a passion to facilitate positive change. Starting as simply a shared vision between President & CEO, Lisa Merchant and Douglas Harrell, CPA in 1999, each enjoyed tremendous success in their individual fields, rising to senior executive roles in their respective organizations but wanting to make a greater impact. Together, they are a powerhouse of business savvy, financial acumen, leadership and vision.
Lisa Merchant, President & CEO. Lisa is accountable for the overall vision and day to day management of AMD, focusing on strategic planning, execution, sales and the overall engagement of the team. Lisa’s professional career consists of over 25 years combined experience in business development and consulting, human capital management, leadership development, organizational communications, compliance, change management and project management. She has worked for a variety of corporate and nonprofit organizations in various leadership capacities. Before starting AMD, Ms. Merchant served as Vice President of Human Capital and Executive Development for UnitedHealth Group (UHG) Company. Prior to joining UHG, Lisa was the Assistant Vice President of Human Resources for CNA Insurance Company. Lisa holds her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech and Interpersonal Communications and Masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
Douglas E. Harrell, CPA, Founding Partner and Senior Advisor. With over 30 years of experience in Finance, Regulatory Compliance, Accounting, Investment Management, Treasury and Management, Douglas has held various leadership positions with Fortune 500 companies, public entities as well as private investment firms. Currently, the Chief Financial Officer for the Office of Special Deputy Receiver for the state of Illinois, Douglas is responsible for the financial oversight of insurance companies that are no longer soluble. Douglas’ resume includes Sara Lee, Mesirow Financial, The Kenwood Group and Chrysler-Mitsubishi Motors Corporation. Douglas received his MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and he is a licensed, Certified Public Accountant.
Although no longer involved with the day to day management of AMD, Douglas serves as a key adviser to the President & CEO.