Doug Garson

Doug’s career spans over 35 years, primarily in various business management and marketing roles.  After launching his career at Monsanto Company in engineering, marketing, product management and sales, he became Director of Strategic Planning at Cadmus Communications. Doug co-founded a consulting firm with focus on growing client revenues, which lead to the “rebirth” of Response Marketing Group (RMG), formerly a leader in the direct marketing field.

Doug was President and co-founder of RMG, and chiefly responsible for their success in bringing direct marketing expertise to the fundraising efforts of many higher educational institutions.  He joined Royall & Company in August 2010 as Managing Director, Advancement Services, following the acquisition of RMG’s Higher Ed Division.  In July of 2013, Doug left Royall to serve as a consultant in the field of higher education.

In addition to his corporate experience, Doug has spent over 20 years advising nonprofit concerns on strategic and fundraising issues.  Specifically in the area of higher ed, Doug has served as a co-chair of the Annual Giving Advisory Board, as a member of the Alumni Relations Task Force, as a member of the Council of Foundations, and as President of the Trustees of the Engineering School at the University of Virginia.  Doug has also served on the Parents Councils at Washington & Lee University, Cornell University and Lafayette College. 

“I love working with organizations to successfully achieve their goals and aspirations.  Having been in the trenches as a start-up entrepreneur as well as a corporate executive, I know the challenging demands and pressures that leaders face in both the for-profit and non-profit arenas.  I help leaders develop and utilize their talents to be change agents who strive to move their organizations to greatness."

Doug received his Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from UVa and his Masters in Business Administration from Western New England University. He currently resides in Richmond, Virginia along with his wife, Palmer.  They have 4 grown children.

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