A native Atlantan, Doug attended Westminster High School and then Tulane University, where he earned a BA in history and an MBA in accounting and finance. He began his professional career with KPMG in New Orleans, working in the accounting and consulting services area. Upon returning to Atlanta, he joined United Distributors, becoming its President and CEO in 1984. Under his leadership, United has experienced tremendous growth and has been listed as one of the top privately held companies in Georgia.

In addition to his service to the Atlanta community, he is an avid sports fan, golfer, and a limited partner in the Atlanta Falcons. He successfully co-chaired the Bid Committee to bring the 2019 Super Bowl to Atlanta and served on the Super Bowl Host Committee. Doug and Lila have four adult children, Amy and Ronnie Agami and Michael and Emily Hertz, and five perfect grandchildren, Zachary, Jill, Noah, Eloise, and Jennings.