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.
Doug’s leadership is recognized all across Atlanta. He’s currently a board member of Atlantic Capital Bank, Atlanta Committee for Progress, Georgia Power Company, Georgia Ports Authority, Georgia Historical Society, and Narrative Content Group and is consistently named one of Atlanta’s 100 most influential individuals by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Doug is also a past Chairman of the National Board of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, an inductee into the Junior Achievement Atlanta Business Hall of Fame, and a trustee for the Marcus Foundation and the Holly Lane Foundation. He currently services as the Board Chair of his Alma Mater, Tulane University. Doug was named the 2018 Most Respected Business Leader by Georgia Trend Magazine.
“Doug’s philanthropic focus on healthcare, education, the arts and the community is unmatched,” said Michael Paris, President & CEO, Council for Quality Growth. Doug gives back to the community in so many ways. He is the Chairman of Camp Twin Lakes, a camping facility he founded in 1989 for special needs children and adults, annually serving 10,000 visitors, in addition to having served as Board Chair for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Woodruff Arts Center, and Georgia Research Alliance. Doug was the recipient of the 2012 Atlanta Rotary Club’s Community Service Award and the 11Alive Community Service Award as well as a recipient of the Jefferson Award in Washington, D.C. for distinguished service to children. Doug and his wife, Lila, were honored by the Georgia Association of Philanthropy as the 2017 Philanthropists of the Year.
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.
“It’s quite an honor for me to be recognized for having an impact on the quality of life in Atlanta,” said Doug.