Studied aerospace engineering in college before graduating with a degree in English Literature and Composition and a Professional Teaching Credential. He worked in the software industry, entertainment and medical devices before falling in love with marketing. He started as an executive at his first agency in 1999, and has been at the helm of branding, marketing, non-profit and public relations agencies ever since. He has worked with over 400 companies from startups to those in the Fortune 5. Today, Doug teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at university, and mentors startups and enterprises of all sizes as an SBDC and independent consultant.