Doug is the founder and developer of FATVillage, an arts district located in a city designated four block area in the Ft Lauderdale city center. The area was developed out of a warehouse district in 1999, and has some of the oldest buildings in the city. It has developed into a community of artists, galleries, theatres, studios (photography, film, graphics design, media management, arts technology incubation), and other arts centric businesses. Prior to FATVillage, Doug was the founder of DAS Records and Data Storage, a South Florida company acquired by Iron Mountain Group in 1996. He is active in the venture capital community in Alabama and has founded a new company, Art + Light + Space Studios with partners Peter Symons, Leah Brown, and Lutz Hofbauer. Doug is a graduate in Marketing (1972) from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, and remains active with board work on the campus.