About Us

“I created the consulting firm I wished I could have hired during my corporate years.”

Lisa F. Burkard, Managing Director

Spectrum Group Consulting Services is an independent consulting firm led by experts in international benefits and global mobility. Founded in 2012 by industry veteran Lisa Fink Burkard (CEBS, GMS-T, GRP, CCP), Spectrum's team has decades of extensive experience in corporate global Human Resources.

Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 companies are among Spectrum's satisfied clients, and the team's expertise in global mobility and international benefits has been featured in publications and industry events worldwide.

We've done your job and know what you do—let us help you be more effective!

WHO WE ARE

Lisa Fink Burkard
Managing Director

Spectrum Group Consulting Services, LLC was founded by Lisa Fink Burkard. With nearly 30 years of industry experience encompassing insurance underwriting, U.S. benefits consulting and extensive international corporate experience, she brings a unique blend of skills and expertise.

As the former Director of International Compensation, Benefits and Global Mobility for UPS, she understands the intricacies of working for a large corporation and the associated demands and expectations. She has also lived abroad in Brussels, Belgium where she was responsible for ensuring the competitiveness and compliance of all compensation, benefit and mobility programs across 35 countries in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Lisa has served on numerous boards, including Worldwide ERC Board of Directors (2003-2005), Chair of the Worldwide ERC EMEA Committee (2006-2007), past President of CEBS-Atlanta chapter. Professional credentials include: CEBS, GMS-T, CCP, GRP, FLMI. She is a frequent speaker at Worldwide ERC, MARC, NFTC and IFCEBS. She has also served on the faculty of Worldwide ERC, designing and teaching GMS modules. 

Lisa received her BBA in Risk Management & Insurance from University of Georgia's Terry School of Business and her MBA in Risk Management & Insurance from Georgia State University's Robinson College of Business. Lisa is currently a part-time instructor and faculty member at GSU in the Risk Management & Insurance Department. 

Susan MacInnes
Managing Consultant

Susan MacInnes has over 30 years of experience in both benefits compliance consulting as well as corporate benefits management.

Susan has experience in corporate benefits roles at both SP Newsprint Co. and RockTenn, where she directed major benefit plan consolidation and administrative transition projects necessitated by corporate acquisitions. She was responsible for resolving various compliance issues involving benefit plans in Puerto Rico and Canada. Previously Susan was the lead consultant in Compliance and Administration practice of Towers Perrin.  

Her experience includes working with a wide variety of compliance issues involving health & welfare, 401(k) and defined benefit plans.  She has assisted multiple clients in strategic benefit planning, acquisition and merger activities, and benefit plan administration review and planning. 

Susan received her MBA in finance from Georgia State University. She earned the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) and is a past President of the Georgia Chapter of ISCEBS.

Michael Ferzely
Consultant

Michael Ferzely has extensive knowledge as an HR Compensation Director with over 30 years experience in all aspects of Total Rewards Management and related management areas. He consistently achieved success through effective collaborations developed between HR and business units/functions. Michael demonstrates an understanding of business needs, talent challenges and project initiatives/outcomes as they relate to compensation design and administration.  

Michael has extensive experience in corporate compensation roles at UPS where he directed major compensation plan design, consolidation and administrative transition projects. 

Michael’s experience includes Executive and Board of Director compensation, conducting periodic market analysis and providing recommendations to the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors.He also has experience dealing with mergers and acquisitions leading the HR integration of the acquisition of Mail Boxes Etc.

He has provided complete compensation support in multiple acquisitions evaluating compensation administration, base pay, incentives, work rules, vacation, benefits and providing final recommendations on integration into the UPS system.

Michael received his BA in psychology from Creighton University. He earned the Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) designation from the WorldatWork organization and is a current member and past President of the Georgia Chapter of the Atlanta Area Compensation Association.

Jutta Fuentes
Global Mobility Consultant

Jutta Fuentes has over 20 years of experience in global mobility management with several major multinational organizations including Koch Industries. She has spent most of her career managing corporate global mobility programs representing all facets of international assignment management such as policy development, process implementation and improvement, visa and immigration compliance, expatriate compensation and payroll, tax compliance and vendor management.

Her experience also includes working for a leading relocation management company where she was responsible for the strategic and operational mobility management of ~30 corporate clients. Jutta also provided complete global mobility due diligence support for a major acquisition evaluating policies, compensation and compliance as well as leading on-boarding activities.

Jutta is originally from Germany where she studied languages (English, French) and worked as a foreign language commercial correspondent before relocating to the U.S. She holds a BBA in International Business with minors in Management and Economics.

Grace Ferzely
Digital Media Specialist

Grace Ferzely works for Spectrum Group Consulting as a digital media specialist, designing and implementing a comprehensive social media strategy from the ground up. She is in charge of organic and sponsored content creation, data monitoring/analytics, and social media management. While completing her undergrad degree, she volunteered as a social media specialist for a documentary and education project. Grace worked as a video production and social media intern in London for Silverfish Media in summer 2015. She also volunteered around Athens, GA as a social media assistant/on-set production assistant and camera person. 

Grace previously interned in the creative department at Red Dress, one of the fastest growing online junior’s retailers in the country. Grace assisted with online e-commerce production, on-set production/styling, and digital/social media production. She also managed a network of over 50 style bloggers who partnered with Red Dress as the influencer marketing coordinator.

Grace Ferzely graduated from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment & Media Studies with a New Media Certificate. She is furthering her education at UGA’s Grady College in the Emerging Media Graduate Studies program.

OUR SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

“The Ins and Outs of Providing Medical Coverage to a Globally Mobile Workforce”
International Society of Certified Employee Benefit Specialists (ISCEBS) Symposium: Boston, Massachussetts
August 28, 2018
"Global Business Travel – Risks, Trends & Solutions"
Worldwide ERC Americas Mobility Conference: Dallas, Texas
May 17, 2018
“Navigating the Challenging Task of Policy Review & Development: A Panel of Policy Experts”
Southeastern Region Relocation Council (SRRC): Fort Lauderdale, Florida
March 22, 2018
"Short Term Business Travel and Compliance: Is This Really An Issue and What Do You Need to Know?"
Worldwide ERC: Chicago, Illinois
September 28, 2017
"Global Business Travel - Risks, Trends & Solutions"
ISCEBS Webinar
August 24, 2017
"Perspectives on International Assignments and Benefits. Candid Insights from Expatriates"
Metro Atlanta Relocation Council (MARC) Meeting: Atlanta, Georgia
Fall 2016
"Global Workforces Survey by the Economist and United Healthcare Global: Understanding the Challenges and Changing Risks of Managing a Globally Mobile Workforce"
Annual International Human Resources Management Forum: Houston, Texas
March 16, 2016
"Procurement in Global Mobility"
Wisconsin Employee Relocation Council: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 22, 2015
"Effective Management of Retirement and Medical Benefits for a Globally Mobile Workforce"
NFTC - Annual International Human Resources Management Forum: New York, New York
June 18, 2015
"Procurement & Global Mobility: Friend or Foe?"
Metro Atlanta Relocation Council (MARC) Meeting: Atlanta, Georgia
Spring 2015
"Global Benefits Solutions"
MetLife: Annual Holiday Networking Event: Atlanta, Georgia
December 2012
"Emergency Medical, Security & Travel Assistance"
Foreign Benefit Study Group: New York, New York
March 30, 2012
"Global Compensation and Benefits Packages that Fit Your Company Culture"
Worldwide ERC: Amsterdam, Netherlands
June 23, 2011
"Feasibility Study for Pan European Pension Plans"
National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC): New York, New York
March 15, 2011
"Limiting the Impact of Global Mobility on Retirement and Pension Benefits"
Worldwide ERC: Seattle, Washington
October 28, 2010
"Global Mobility Trends & Opportunities"
Global Health & Benefits Forum (ISOS/CIGNA): Atlanta, Georgia
September 2010
"Global Mobility Benchmarking for Corporate Human Resource Professionals"
Worldwide ERC: London, United Kingdom
June 13, 2007
"Pensions: Portability and Asset Pooling"
Worldwide ERC: Warsaw, Poland
June 16, 2005
"Global Health Care: Delivering the Right Package"
Worldwide ERC: Brussels, Belgium
June 2, 2004

OUR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

The Drake House

Spectrum Group Consulting Services is a proud sponsor of The Drake House in Roswell, Georgia. The Drake House provides short-term crisis housing, education and empowerment programs for homeless mothers and their children. The programs are designed to assist the family in working toward self-sufficiency. They are the only emergency residential housing facility in north metro Atlanta offering a private apartment to each family. The Drake House ensures families stay together and children remain in their schools with the help of the Fulton County Independent School District.

Activities (in conjunction with the Atlanta Women's Network):

  • Party with a Purpose: networking & shopping fundraiser
  • Clothing Drive: collecting gently used women's clothing items
  • Holiday Gift Card Drive
  • Service Day: clean apartments, do yard work, stock pantry
  • Sip & Shop: shopping holiday event with raffle
  • 6th Annual Drake Walk: raise funds for The Drake House

AACA & United Way Snack Pack Event

In 2018, Spectrum hosted the United Way Snack Pack Event to benefit Pebble Tossers Inc.

In conjunction with AACA, we invited other compensation and benefits professionals to decorate and fill brown bags with healthy snacks for children in need.

OUR AFFILIATIONS

Worldwide ERC
  • Current Member, 2019
  • Distinguished Service Award (2018)
  • Previous Member of Board of Directors (2003 - 2005)
  • Chairman, EMEA Global Advisory Council (2006 - 2007)
  • Meritorious Service Award (May 2004)
  • Global Mobility Specialist (GMS-T) Strategic Talent Mobility professional designation
Atlanta Area Compensation Association (AACA)
  • Current Board Member (2017-2019)
Sandy Springs Perimeter Chamber of Commerce
  • Current Member (2019)
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP)
  • Current Board Member (2019)
  • Past President—Atlanta Chapter
  • CEBS Professional Designation
  • Frequent Speaker & Author
Southeast Benefits Education Network (SBEN)
  • Current Member (2019)
  • Frequent Sponsor
Worldwide Employee Benefits Network - Atlanta Chapter (WEBN)
  • Current Member (2019)
Atlanta Women's Network (AWN)
  • Current Member (2019)
  • Board Member (2014-2018)