Our Leadership Team

Bill Elliott

Billy Elliott

President

Bill Elliott has been with Author Solutions since 2009. He has held multiple roles within finance and operations at both the Bloomington, Indiana, and Cebu, Philippines, offices. Prior to Author Solutions, Bill worked at CB Richard Ellis.

Bill holds an MBA from the Farmer School of Business at Miami University and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from DePauw University. 

DERRICK PURVIS

Vice President of Global Sales

Derrick’s multi-faceted career at Author Solutions has featured positions in several departments, most notably accounting and financial planning/analysis. Derrick then joined the Author Solutions sales team, where he now serves as the Vice President.

Derrick graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Finance.

 

BILL BECHER

Chief Operating Officer

Bill has led service organizations from a variety of executive positions throughout his career. His leadership background includes serving as an Associate Partner at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), a National Partner at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting, and the Vice President of Professional Services and Program Management for Powerway, Inc.

Bill earned a degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame. As the Chief Operating Officer of Author Solutions, Bill leads the Global Fulfillment Department—production, design, editorial, customer service, author marketing services, digital content management, and distribution—and oversees Human Resources, the Program Management Office, the Legal Department and our international office.

Greg Wallis

Vice President of Finance

Greg is a highly accomplished executive with significant finance, accounting, regulated industry, and marketing experience, serving clients in a variety of industries. His leadership includes serving as CFO and VP of Finance in higher education, EVP of Client Services in direct marketing, and as an Experienced Manager in public accounting with Arthur Andersen.

Greg is a CPA and holds a degree in economics from DePauw University. As VP of Finance for Author Solutions, Greg oversees accounting, royalties, and financial planning & analysis.

Greg serves as the Vice Chair of the Arts Council of Indianapolis and Treasurer of the Edison School of the Arts.

Greg
Joe Steinbach

joe steinbach

Chief Information Officer

With Joe’s leading success in growing start-ups and small businesses to maturity comes expert-level experience in leading business strategy and execution, market expansion, and partnership development for company escalation. Most recently, Joe served as the CEO for the cyber security company, Offensive Security. 

At Author Solutions, Joe’s role as Chief Information Officer oversees technology strategy and delivery. During his previous 16-year tenure with Author Solutions, Joe held roles from Chief Operating Officer for iUniverse to Cebu General Manager and VP Strategic Partnerships.  

Joe is a Purdue University (MA) and a University of Utah (BA, BS) graduate.

Teena Bryant

Director of Human Resources

Teena’s HR career spans over 25 years in the retail, aviation, and staffing industries, providing HR leadership, strategic partnership and support to business leaders and employees. Her expertise lies in building and aligning HR strategies that maximize the human capital effectiveness with the strategic goals and objectives of an organization.

Prior to joining Author Solutions in May, 2018, Teena led the HR function with Ascena Retail Group in Greencastle, Indiana. Teena is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR), Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP), and is Change Management certified.

Teena grew up on the west coast and attended the University of Oregon and is an avid Oregon Ducks fan.

Teena
Merrell

Merrell Rio

Assoc. Vice President of Operations & General Manager, Cebu

Merrell has served as the Associate Vice President and General Manager for Philippine Operations since November 2015. Since joining the company in 2004, Merrell has held senior level positions within the company, particularly in Customer Service and Fulfillment of Publishing Services.

Prior to joining Author Solutions, Merrell was a Division Manager of Innodata (NASDAQ: INOD), a global digital services and solutions company, which is based in Bergen County, New Jersey. He held various senior management positions in Planning, Production, Quality, and Client Services from 1999 to 2004 at its Philippine facility. He has in-depth background and experience in Project Management, Operations Management, and Customer Service.

Merrell holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Cebu Institute of Technology. He is a licensed engineer and a member of the Philippine Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Melissa Bauer

Senior Vice President of Global Technology

Melissa Bauer has a BA in Economics from Bellarmine University and a JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School. Prior to Author Solutions, she was Assistant General Counsel for R.M.D. Corp.

Melissa