Doug grew up with his four brothers and one sister in Bethesda, Maryland, across the street from the National Naval Medical Center and NIH. A lasting memory of his, at age 10, is watching from a hill behind his house as the hearse carrying President JFK's body pulled into the National Naval Medical Center. As early as 8 years old, Doug would canvas the neighborhood whenever it snowed, offering to shovel driveways. In 1968 he got his first "real" job washing dishes, with his goal being to save money to buy a pool table, which he purchased two years later.
He began college on a football scholarship at Clemson University in 1971 but left, after his freshman year, with a career ending injury. While attending the University of Maryland, Doug was offered a six day-a-week job managing a retail billiard operation for out of town owners. Accepting the position, Doug attended night school and graduated with a business degree from Maryland in 1976, while also purchasing his first home.
In 1977, Doug left his employer and began, with a partner, his own billiard operation, Champion Billiards & Barstools. Over the years they grew to be the #1 billiard retailer in the country, with nine locations and six billiard sports cafes with over 325 employees.
Due to his business success, Doug was able to address his passion for real estate and, over the years, has bought and sold a couple dozen properties, developing two commercial locations and three residences. Doug and his wife, Nancy first purchased property in Marco Island in 2011 and have been full-time residents since 2017. Their son, Andy, manages their boxing gym in Rockville, Maryland, and their daughter, Michelle, practices family law in Baltimore, Maryland. Elizabeth, their granddaughter, calls him "Big Doug". Let "Big Doug The Realtor" help you with all of your real estate needs!