Deb Russell on Leading the Way

On Episode 41 of The Unique CPA, Randy talks to Deb Russell about her work as a leader in disability inclusion. Her company works to educate and provide resources to help companies employ more people with disabilities. Prior to founding Deb Russell Inc., Deb helped Walgreens in their drive for disability inclusion, leading to an increase in hiring until disabled people made up 10% of Walgreens’ workforce.

Randy and Deb first spoke on Stroke Chats, an initiative of Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other, which Randy is the president of.

Important Links

Deb Russell Inc.

Deb Russell on LinkedIn

Stroke Survivors Empowering Each Other

About the Guest

Deb Russell works to bridge the gap between business and disability, helping hundreds of companies, schools, state agencies and non-profits. A stroke survivor herself, she helps companies improve sources of talent and help sources of talent improve companies. She uses online courses, coaching and consulting to help both sides come together to bridge the gap between business and disability.

In her previous work at Walgreens, she increased the number of disabled workers to over 10%, while saving Walgreens money through higher safety ratings and retention of these employees.

Deb earned her Bachelor’s in Psychology from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. She earned her Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the same institution in 1993.

Meet the Host

Randy Crabtree, CPA

Randy Crabtree

Randy Crabtree, co-founder and partner of Tri-Merit Specialty Tax Professionals, is a widely followed author, lecturer and podcast host for the accounting profession.

Since 2019, he has hosted the “The Unique CPA,” podcast, which ranks among the world’s 5% most popular programs (Source: Listen Score). You can find articles from Randy in Accounting Today’s Voices column, the AICPA Tax Adviser (Tax-saving opportunities for the housing and construction industries) and he is a regular presenter at conferences and virtual training events hosted by CPAmerica, Prime Global, Leading Edge Alliance (LEA), Allinial Global and several state CPA societies. Crabtree also provides continuing professional education to top 100 CPA firms across the country.

Schaumburg, Illinois-based Tri-Merit is a niche professional services firm that specializes in helping CPAs and their clients benefit from R&D tax credits, cost segregation, the energy efficient commercial buildings deduction (179D), the energy efficient home credit (45L) and the employee retention credit (ERC).

Prior to joining Tri-Merit, Crabtree was managing partner of a CPA firm in the greater Chicago area. He has more than 30 years of public accounting and tax consulting experience in a wide variety of industries, and has worked closely with top executives to help them optimize their tax planning strategies.