Douglas has almost 30 years work experience spanning finance, media, sales and marketing. He began his career in commercial banking with Bank of America before pursuing entrepreneurial ventures that shaped the next 20 years of his career. He is a visionary leader with a natural ability to look beyond the clutter and inspire others towards long term goals.
In 2016, he founded CanEx Jamaica – the premier Cannabis Business Conference & Expo that takes place in the Caribbean. The conference celebrated 3 years in 2018 with 1500 attendees from 23 countries and over 60 speakers, including keynotes from some of the top industry leaders across the globe. In the three years in which he has been a part of this burgeoning industry, he has spoken at events in Jamaica, Toronto, Washington DC, Mexico City, Trinidad & Tobago and Medellin, Colombia and forged a wide global network with special attention to developing business opportunities in the Caribbean and LATAM.
He serves as Chairman of Zimmer & Co. a medicinal cannabis and hemp-based CBD health and wellness distribution business, since its inception in 2017, where he inspires and leads the team to new markets and opportunities. Douglas has extensive experience in media as the founder of the OCEAN Style brand which has become synonymous with luxury lifestyle in the Caribbean. OCEAN Style evolved from a glossy print-only publication to a media operation producing print magazines, digital ezines, television shows and events to an expanding and influential audience.
Douglas was born in New York and raised in Trinidad and Tobago before moving to England and then to the US, where he attended high school in New York before pursuing a degree in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has travelled extensively and enjoys meeting people and exposure to new cultures. Aside from business he is the proud father of two girls and an avid advocate for anything related to progress for the Caribbean or a conversation about football, as a longstanding fan of Liverpool Football Club.