As a Vice President in Comerica Bank's SBA Lending division since 2005, Douglas Adams serves as a product partner and expert on SBA 7(a), 504, Export Working Capital, SBA Express loan products, and USDA B&I and Food Supply Chain loan guarantee programs. Since joining Comerica in 1999, Douglas has identified and assisted with financing numerous transactions that have helped create and retain hundreds of jobs in Michigan. Prior to joining Comerica's SBA department, he worked in Comerica's Business & Development Services group servicing a variety of business units within the bank, including Middle Market, U.S. Banking, Small Business, Commercial Real Estate, Private Banking, Municipalities, Comerica Insurance and Comerica Securities.
In 2002 and 2003, Douglas earned membership in Comerica's "Million Dollar Investment Club," and in both 2003 and 2004, received one of Comerica's top recognition awards, the "Chairman's Circle," for his performance. Over the past decade, Douglas has been the highest producer in Comerica's SBA loan department nationwide. Drawing on an extensive background in economic development, Douglas has also provided value-added services to lenders and customers on federal, state, and local tax incentives and programs.
Douglas received his Ph.D. with distinction from The University of Louisville's College of Business and Public Administration in 1996, where he was awarded the Graduate Dean's Citation for his dissertation on "Site Selection Variables That Influence Business Location Decisions." Concurrent to the pursuit of his education in Louisville from 1992-1996, Douglas served as an adjunct lecturer at Indiana University-Southeast and worked on several economic development studies and projects at The University of Louisville and at the Louisville Development Authority, including the relocation of Hillerich & Bradsby (manufacturer of Louisville Slugger baseball bats) from its previous location in Jeffersonville, Indiana back to downtown Louisville in 1996. In 1992, Douglas received his Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Toledo, where he served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. While enrolled at Toledo, Douglas won a competitive scholarship in 1992 to matriculate at the "Harvard of China," Beijing University, where he lived, taught, and travelled in the People's Republic of China for five months. In 1989, he received his B.A. degree from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.