Doug was fortunate to be able to incorporate his love of boating when he founded Best in Boating in April, 1981 with the purchase of a small marina outside of Atlanta, GA. From humble beginnings, he has grown Best in Boating into a vertically integrated enterprise encompassing nine divisions: Marinas, Boat Sales, Boat Service, Marine Retail, Boat Rentals, Hospitality, Food and Beverage, & Real Estate. Through this growth Best in Boating has grown from two employees to over 500.
With over 40+ years as CEO of Best in Boating, he continues to play a leading role in capital allocation and expansion. Doug received a Bachelors in Engineering from Georgia Tech (’74).
Doug is the proud father of 4 and lives in Naples, Florida with his wife, where he leads a healthy and active lifestyle. He is passionate about philanthropy and currently serves as a Board Director for Freedom Waters Foundation, which enhances the lives of individuals with special needs and veterans through providing therapeutic boat experiences.