Doug has an undergraduate degree from United States International University, a graduate degree from the University of Arizona, a graduate degree from the University of Florida and attended Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.  He has lived in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Russia and the UK.

He has worked in private industry, for the US Department of Commerce and for the Canadian Ministry of Agriculture on trade promotion initiatives.

He has travelled extensively throughout North America, most other foreign travel with his son and co-author.

Doug splits his time between various locations in Latin America, speaks Spanish fluently and writes full time.