Douglas has board responsibilities for two of HPA’s portfolio companies: UICO, a touch-screen manufacturing company, and Group Gift, a crowd-sourced B2B group gifting site. He also led the successful exit of Gradebeam, which was purchased by Textura in 2011. Gradebeam.com was a SAAS business that connects general contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry.
Douglas has been involved in the financial trading community for more than twenty years. He began his career in 1989 as a spot foreign exchange dealer at Manufacturers Hanover. He became a Commodity Trading Advisor in 1991 and worked for Commodities Corporation, where he successfully traded from both their Princeton and Chicago offices. Since 1994, he has been an active member of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME). He is a founding member of the NASDAQ100 futures pit, and served as the Vice Chairman of the Pit Committee from the pit’s inception until 2001. He worked closely with the CME Board of Directors and staff on pit design, pit space allocation and helped with the successful launch of the e-mini NASDAQ contract in 2001. Douglas is a valued member of the CME Pit Supervision Committee (1999-Present) and has served on the CME Group’s Political Action Committee since 2007.
Douglas has made regular appearances as a financial commentator on Bloomberg TV and has made guest appearances on CNBC, CNNFN, and Canada’s Report on Business TV. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Modern Asset Group, an alternative investment management firm with an expertise in managed futures.
Douglas graduated from the University of Michigan in 1987 with a BA in Economics and received his MBA in finance from the University of Chicago in 1989. He and his wife Leslie live in Lincoln Park with their two children, Aaron and Sarie.