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.
Art, innovation, creativity, slow foods, good wine, good friends, and especially collaborating with motivated people to enable positive change.
"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"
Riverside Arts Market, sailing, Antarctica, RAM Art Gallery, art, skiing, creativity, Art Prize in Grand Rapids, TEDxMuskegon, Grand Canyon, ideas that improve the neighborhood, community, or planet.
Acrylic painting, ocean navigation, snow skiing, travel planning, accounting. geography.
I've been a TED.com talk fan for a long time. 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 attended a TEDxScottsdale event and spoken with six other TEDx organizers. All have been helpful. We've built a very capable, excited, imaginative team that loves everything about TED. We plan to bring more TED to North Florida, not only by producing TEDxJacksonville, but also by presenting two or more annual live-stream TED events, and through public relations and outreach to encourage more people to engage with the ideas expressed in TED talks.
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