Doug co-founded the Emergency Assistance Foundation, Inc. by conducting a comprehensive audit of more than 100 organizations (both corporations and universities), that have implemented employee relief programs.
From his exhaustive research, EAF created a set of best practices of employee-hardship and disaster-relief funds and published an online article entitled "Emergency Assistance Funds (EAFs) for Employee Hardship and Disaster Relief: Legal, Tax and Design Considerations," which describes the 16 critical decisions required when establishing a program. Numerous blogs and white papers have also been published all about the Disaster and Employee Relief Fund Industry.
In 2019 Doug envisioned and founded the Employee Relief Fund Education Group (ERFEG). ERFEG is an educational coalition and community of professionals that is aligned with the common goal of perfecting employee relief funds and programs through the exchange of ideas, resources, knowledge and best practices across a variety of industries.
Doug serves as a permanent grant making donor advisor to the Stockham Foundation, created by Stockham Valves, an international valve manufacturer founded in 1903. This foundation, which grants a substantial portion of funds for employee hardship is now a $2 million donor advised fund with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.
In 2004, Doug was instrumental in establishing the Charitable Real Estate Fund (CREF) as a support organization of the CFGB, a 501(c)(3). He served as the CREF board chairman for one term and was on the board from its founding until 2008. He is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows (SIBF), a private non-profit organization headquartered in Atlanta, GA, which comprises approximately 450 business, professional and academic leaders from around the world.
Doug earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN and a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.