About Douglas


For several decades Doug has played a significant role in making Jacksonville, Florida, a more livable city. He won wide acclaim as chairman of the group that organized the Riverside Arts Market. His professional career was in the airline and travel industry. He was founder and CEO of Coleman Travel Corporation and Coleman Ski Tours. Doug is the organizer of TEDxRiversideAvondale and TEDxJacksonville, and is an officer of North Florida Land Trust, Jacksonville Sister Cities Association, and the Ordre des Chevaliers Bretvin. He served as Chair of the Host Committee for the World Conference of Sister Cities in 2012. Doug is an artist and a sailor, who with his wife crossed the Atlantic and sailed on to 16 European countries and Turkey. He is a skier and founder of the Jacksonville Ski Club.



TED Conferences

TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013

Areas of Expertise

Travel and Tourism, Nonprofit & Association Management

An idea worth spreading

"Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person, my country is the world, and my religion is to do good". Thomas Paine, "Rights of Man"

I'm passionate about

Art, creativity, forests and marshes, ocean sailing, and especially collaborating with motivated people to enable positive change.

Talk to me about

Antarctica, art, skiing, creativity, Art Prize in Grand Rapids, TEDxMuskegon, Grand Canyon, Sister Cities, your ideas.

People don't know I'm good at

Acrylic painting, ocean navigation, snow skiing, travel planning, accounting. geography, operating heavy construction equipment, connecting people.

My TED story

I attended TEDxMuskegon in 2011, and was so stunned by the imaginative, creative, optimistic people and the powerful event they produced that I wanted to organize a TEDx event in Jacksonville....and TED.com approved a license! I've since organized a number of events in Jacksonville, Florida, and attended TEDxScottsdale, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2014, TEDSalonBerlin, TEDxUF, and TEDxFSCJ. I would love to attend your TEDx event!

Favorite talks