Brian Phillips

Managing Director

About Brian

With 25+ years of experience in both the private sector and public accounting, including 18 years as an advisor, Brian has amassed diverse experience in a wide range of industries. Specializing in corporate restructuring and profit enhancement, interim executive management, and fraud related services, Brian has represented debtors, creditors and customers in more than 90 different industries, including the automotive supply, manufacturing, retail, not-for-profit, government, technology and service industries.

Brian is a high level, high energy, and highly driven C-level executive with a strong penchant for issue resolution and results improvements. Brian admittedly lives for “controlled chaos”. As a self-proclaimed “student of business”, he continually strives to better understand the underlying causes of financial and operational results and to implement adjustments to best profit from that understanding.

The key to successfully improving profits or orchestrating a turnaround lies in recognizing that there are always options - always. Helping clients and stakeholders determine which ones in particular are best suited for their circumstances is the nexus where Amherst's experience and expertise intersect.

Brian is a graduate of Oakland University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is a CPA, a Certified Insolvency & Restructuring Advisor (CIRA), and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Brian is an active member of his church, having held various board positions either on the church board or school board for the last 22 years.

When not “studying” business improvement strategies, Brian loves exercise of all kinds, including running, resistance training, racquetball, and golf.

Professional Organizations

  • AICPA – American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • MICPA – Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants
  • AIRA – Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Advisors
  • ACFE – Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • ABI – American Bankruptcy Institute
  • AGC – Associated General Contractors of Michigan
  • ACG – Association for Capital Growth
  • TMA – Turnaround Management Association
  • RMA – The Risk Management Association
  • NACM – National Association of Credit Management

Fun Facts

My wife and I are very much Disney-philes. We honeymooned in Disney World back in 1991 and we still take every opportunity to visit and stay on site to this day. Our three kids are the same, so even though they are all grown now, our favorite family vacation is to spend a week or more at a Disney resort.

My father, three brothers, and I have visited all 50 states together. We visited the first 49 states with my mother, too, before she passed away in 1994. Almost 20 years later, along with all of our spouses and children, we tacked on the last state, Alaska, together on a cruise (19 of us in all!).

What Other Profession Would You Like to Try?

I’ve always said that, when I retire, I want to drive the boats that take families from Disney World resorts to the Magic Kingdom and back. I think it’d be great to see all the happy and excited faces in the morning and all the happy and exhausted faces at night.

Pre-retirement, if I were to do something else, I think it would be in the realm of private equity investment and operations. I have a great admiration for the entrepreneurial spirit, and I think that, in today’s world, many of the private equity firms would be a great outlet for that.


Corporate Restructuring and Profit Enhancement

Interim Executive Management

Fraud Related Services and Expert Witness


Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Oakland University