His broad areas of expertise include leadership development, servant leadership, business consulting and advisory, executive coaching, career coaching, workshop facilitation, seminar presentations, operations management, growth strategy, and process improvements.


Throughout his executive career, Doug has held leadership positions at organizations including JPM Chase, Texas Commerce Bank, Profile Business Systems LLC, and SolomonEdwards Group LLC. In his current role as Founder, President, and CEO of HeadwayExec LLC, Doug works closely with executive clients around the globe to help individuals develop advanced leadership skills. He has leveraged his own executive coach training to create and implement effective leadership development programs and advisory services for business owners and senior leadership teams.

His clients include corporate giants like ExxonMobil, UPS, Mizuho Bank, Centerpoint, and Bank of America. He has also worked for local and regional brands like Brightview, Crane Logistics, Regions Bank, Franklin Covey, and the Houston Society for the Performing Arts.

Doug was the Founder and Director of Jobs Ministry Southwest, a non-denominational, faith-based 501c (3) that was featured in Fortune magazine. Since its establishment in 2008, the ministry has delivered over 35,000 training and career coaching hours. Doug’s blog, DougThorpe.com, was ranked in the Top 100 Leadership Blogs List in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 plus he has over 200,000 social media followers.


Doug attained his MBA in Management from Troy University and his BBA in Management from Texas A&M University. He is a John Maxwell Certified Business Coach and a SOLID Certified Executive Leadership Coach. Also, he is certified in Hogan Assessments. As an experienced Board member, Doug has served with both non-profit and for-profit organizations. He is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF) and an associate of the Institute of Coaching at McLean, Harvard Medical School.

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He currently serves on the Board of the Silver Fox Advisors as its Vice President and chairs their Marketing Committee.

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In addition, Doug is the author of five books featuring his original The Uncommon Commodity: Common Sense Guide for First Time Managers. 

He also wrote “STRIVE for Job Search Success“. It chronicles the highly successful job search program he created while serving as Executive Director of JMS.

He has co-authored “Trust at Work” the cornerstone message for Trust Builders wanting to create a culture of trust within their organizations.