Doug serves as Chairman of the Board for Newport Board Group, a national partnership of CEOs and senior executives who advise emerging middle market companies and assist private equity firms to invest in and grow portfolio companies. He is also a member of the Teaching Faculty at the Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship at Florida State and also serves as the Advisory Board Chairman for the Business Dynamics Research Consortium, a national research institute-funded by the NASDAQ Foundation and the University of Wisconsin - Extension. Its mission is to study exceptional growth companies, the capital markets, and their impact on employment and economic growth. He is the Former Chairman of the Board for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global not-for-profit organization with 58 Chapters and 14,000 members in the US and internationally, representing middle market private capital investors, intermediaries and the middle market deal community and serves as a Board Director, representing investors in a number of early stage companies:
ICON Aircraft: Manufacturing startup of the A5 light sport model two seat amphibious airplane. The company has the world’s first spin resistant airframe and commercial application of the angle of attack indicator.
Entomol: Company is introducing in 2017 the world’s first EPA approved effective as Deet all natural mosquito repellent. The product is being developed under a DuPont license for patent protected formulation of a natural oil.
V-Fortified: Is a defense contractor spinout of a patent pending cyber software product currently in beta, targeting the private equity industry.
Alzyn: Is a pharmaceutical – nutraceutical commercialization of a patent pending Alzheimer’s treatment licensed from Florida State University.
Previously, Doug was Chairman and CEO of Tatum LLC, which grew into a highly respected national professional services firm with 30 offices and over 1000 professionals and employees. The company was sold to Spherion in 2010. Prior to his role with Tatum LLC, Doug served a number of companies as a senior executive and/or board member.
Doug is a recognized expert on the capital markets and the entrepreneurial growth economy. He has testified before the U.S. Congress about the financing challenges growing companies face and about U.S. tax policy. He has been keynote speaker at the Securities Exchange Commission Forum. Doug speaks extensively to business groups throughout the world, presenting the research and frameworks included in his book No Man’s Land: Where Growing Companies Fail. The book, published in the U.S. in 2007, has received four national Best Business Book awards and has been published in China, Taiwan and South Korea and is slated for publication in Vietnam. The book was included in the recently updated edition of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten. Doug’s insights about rapid growth companies, private equity and the capital markets have been cited in hundreds of media outlets including Inc. Magazine, The Financial Times and the New York Times online.