Doug is a Managing Director and a co-founder of VRA Partners. Doug brings more than 27 years of investment banking experience in mergers & acquisitions and capital raising transactions and in representing both public and private companies. Doug also has significant experience as an advisor to public company boards of directors and special committees.
Prior to founding VRA Partners, Doug was a Managing Director, Head of the Technology and Communications Investment Banking Practice Group and Chief Operating Officer of the Investment Banking Department of The Robinson-Humphrey Company and its successor, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. While with Robinson-Humphrey, Doug was responsible for the execution of investment banking transactions, including merger and acquisition assignments, financial advisory assignments, private placements and public offerings of equity and convertible securities. Doug was also a member of the firm’s Capital Commitment Committee and Operating Committee. Prior to SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Doug was with Bowles Hollowell Conner & Co., an investment banking firm focused on providing merger and acquisition advisory services to middle-market companies.
Doug received an A.B. degree, cum laude, in Economics and Political Science, from Duke University in 1987 and an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina in 1992, where he was one of two recipients of The Richard H. Jenrette Fellowship.