Rick started Harvard Business Services, Inc. in 1981 in Wilmington, Delaware in order to offer an easy and inexpensive way for individuals to go into business for themselves and fulfill their dreams. Today, the company employs 25 people and has helped form more than 45,000 companies. Rick grew up in publishing as the son of the president of Highlights for Children magazine. After attending college in Switzerland, Italy and Ohio, Rick worked for Rolling Stone magazine in San Francisco in its infancy. In 1980, he moved from California to Delaware to work for The Company Corporation, where he helped revolutionize the company formation business. For the past 31 years, Rick has been building Harvard Business Services, Inc. into one of the largest companies of its kind, with clients from around the world and all across the United States.
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Michael has been working at Harvard Business Services, Inc. in a variety of roles, since he was a young child; he is the son of Harvard’s Chairman and CEO, Rick Bell. Michael was born and raised in Delaware yet traveled extensively while attending high school in Switzerland. He then went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Lynn University. He returned home and started to work full-time at Harvard in the summer of 2009. Mike has worked in each department in order to learn all the processes and details of Harvard Business Services, Inc. In addition, Mike has produced and directed Harvard's promotional vidoes. These videos are used as a valuable tool for our marketing efforts; they feature our employees and can be viewed on both our website and YouTube. Mike Bell possesses both the commitment and the passion to continue running his family business well into the future.
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Carleigh is the Managing Editor of The HBS Blog. Most recently, she worked at Dwell Magazine and Chronicle Books. While working in traditional publishing, she realized she wanted to be a part of the blogosphere, the next frontier of publishing. By sharing ideas and information on The HBS Blog, she hopes to empower people to follow their bliss. Carleigh admits she often daydreams about businesses she wants to start, but needs a little more encouragement to take the plunge. She hopes that by running this blog her entrepreneurial dreams will manifest into a reality.
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Christina is a writer, editor, entrepreneur and educator who currently lives with her husband and child in Vermont. She was born in California, the oldest of four children, to a naturally creative, psychologist-turned-work-at-home mother and a dynamic, ambitious entrepreneur father. Christina always knew she wanted to be a writer. She crafted her first piece at only three years-old, a song entitled, "I Can’t Believe We Are Moving from California," the Ukulele version of which she took on tour…all the way across the country. Needless to say, she grew up on the East Coast and then headed south to Emory University in Atlanta, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Art degree in English. She has worked as an editor and freelance writer for CNN and the High Museum of Art, and she spent four years as a curator for an Atlanta-based art consulting firm. In 2002, Christina formed her own company, The Writing Studio, LLC, through Harvard Business Services, Inc., and in 2009, she started to think out loud in the blogosphere.
Jake is an avid reader of almost anything. He has a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and was a librarian at a small university in Lugano, Switzerland. Jake has been reading incessantly since he was a child, he worked at a bookstore in college; and he has no expectations of ever being without a book. Jake’s political science interests keep him interested in books that offer information about decision-making, game theory, economics and other topics related to political science. When he is not working or reading, Jake grabs his camera and hikes.
Andrew was born and raised in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and attended Cape Henlopen High School. He then went on to graduate With Honors from York Technical Institute in 2001, with a degree in Specialized Business/Computer Science. Andrew possesses a broad spectrum of experience, ranging from sales to business management to business ownership.
He has extensive experience in both sales and customer service. Since he has owned and operated his own Delaware LLC, Andrew is well aware that the most important person in every business is the customer. He prides himself on going above and beyond for each client. Andrew started at Harvard in the spring of 2012. He is an excellent addition to the Sales/Customer Service team because he takes great pride in helping new clients form their company through Harvard Business Services, Inc.
Frannie joined the Harvard Business Services, Inc. team in June of 2012. She was born in Salisbury, Maryland but has lived in Washington D.C., Texas and Florida yet always returned to the Eastern Shore. After attending Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, Maryland, she worked in the finance and customer service fields. Frannie became a favorite among bank clients, thanks to her fluency in English and Spanish.
Her interest and passion for helping people led to her position as Prevention Specialist for La Esperanza Community Center in Georgetown, Delaware. This well-known social service center, which provides vital services to the Hispanic community, was in need of a substance abuse prevention program. Frannie became the developer and manager of the project, and the Strategic Plan she created, with the help of the University of Delaware, was approved by the state of Delaware. Although she excelled in this position, her true passion led her to the business field and when offered the position at Harvard Business Services, Inc., she was more than happy to join the team.
Amy earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Delaware in 1996, and then worked at a local accounting firm for two years. She has been a member of the Harvard Business Services, Inc. team since April 1998. She began her career at Harvard Business Services, Inc. as a Franchise Tax Specialist. She used her meticulous accounting skills to ensure on-time and accurate Franchise Tax report filings for Harvard's clientele.
In 2001, her role at Harvard Business Services, Inc. grew to include the position of Office Manager, and she began managing and training a staff of more than 20 team members. Amy's capabilities and performance led to her next appointment, in 2006, as Director of Business Filings. She orchestrated a broad array of processes, including the formation and maintenance of Delaware companies for both domestic and international clients.
In 2009, she was promoted to Director of the Franchise Tax Department and assumed her initial responsibilities at Harvard Business Services, Inc. She currently assists tens of thousands of clients worldwide with the filing of annual Delaware Franchise Tax reports for both corporations and LLCs. Her 14 years of experience helped to create our user-friendly online Franchise Tax payment system, which can be found at www.delawareinc.com/payft.
Brett is a graduate of Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, Delaware. Brett's career at Harvard Business Services, Inc. began where many of our success stories through the years originated: the mail room. Brett excelled at managing and organizing what was a mail-intensive business at the time. More importantly, however, Brett connected with clients and became the person most recommended by clients to their friends.
Once Brett had the opportunity to start interacting with clients, it was clear he possessed a natural feel for the issues and concerns clients face. Brett assisted both new customers and seasoned clients with the formation process in an effortless and informative manner. In the 15+ years he has been with Harvard Business Services, Inc., Brett's knowledge of Delaware business entities has become encyclopedic. In addition to managing and training the company's sales and customer service teams, his blogs on the nuances of forming and maintaining Delaware companies have become a dependable source of important information for entrepreneurs, accountants and attorneys.
Devin was born in Lewes, Delaware and attended Cape Henlopen High School. He graduated with several scholarships, and then attended Delaware State University, majoring in Business Administration. He graduated cum laude in 2001. In 1999, Devin started a cell phone business while in college and has been invovled with businesses ever since. He has promoted all types of products, from telecommunications and gift baskets to nutritional products. In fact, Devin's first introduction to Harvard Business Services, Inc. occurred while forming his own corporation for real estate purposes in 2007. He has a natural rapport with people interested in forming their own company.
Devin's grandfather, George H.P. Smith, was mayor of Lewes for five terms and, before that, a member of the Lewes City Council for 18 years. Mr. Smith is often credited as one of the people whose lifelong contributions to city government made Lewes the wonderful place that it is.