I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. After high school, I ventured to the University of Missouri-Columbia, where i received a Bachelor’s in Marketing. While attending college, I attempted my first start-up business, creating virtual resumes for college students. Ultimately it failed, but served as a valuable lesson about what it took to operate a business.
After college I moved to Denver, where I was recruited by Anheuser-Busch to work in promotions. This is another way of saying that I gave away free beer for a living. I did well, and was promoted to tour the Unites States in a converted beer truck, primarily working special tournaments in bubbly hockey while consumers sampled product. Three years went by. While I enjoyed the work and the ability to travel, I did not this it as my lifelong career.
I obtained my real estate license in 2004, and after three months had made 10 transactions and $1 million in sales. I pursued every designation, certification, and course available to learn as much as I could about the business. As I took these classes I thought to myself, “You know Doug, you could probably do it better than that”. I promptly got myself involved in Toastmasters to learn how to communicate more effectively. The rest is history.
My friend Terry Watson sparked plug my career by telling me what I needed to do, what groups I must join, and who I had to speak with. I approached Pat Zaby and he mentored me on using technology while teaching. Matthew Ferrara encouraged me to go full time teaching, and Rich Linkemer kept my fire burning when it was running low. I am forever in their debt.
I couldn’t be happier. I am blessed to have professional speaking and teaching as my career and wouldn’t trade anything for it. Thank you to those who have supported me, gave me opportunities, and told me when I did something wrong.
I hope to see you in the classroom soon!