Doug Gober began his funeral service career thirty-nine years ago as a sales representative in the casket industry. He has earned numerous national awards from various organizations within the death care industry. Doug also served as a consultant on various marketing and merchandising projects conducted on an international scale.
In 1995, Doug joined The Doody Group as Executive Vice President working in the United Kingdom and France. Doug successfully directed the European operations for the company. He was instrumental in planning and implementing several innovative merchandising concepts and products created by The Doody Group, Matthews International and other leading manufacturers. Doug was a pioneer in developing the York Merchandising SystemsTM, which offered in more than 6,000 funeral homes in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He also presented marketing and merchandising seminars to industry professionals worldwide.
In 2011, Doug joined Carriage Services, Inc. as the Director of Development and Marketing. Doug identified, developed and led the execution and implementation of Carriage’s strategic planning initiatives. Doug and his staff developed internal and external training programs to improve the service and merchandise offerings of Carriage.
In 2012, Doug joined Live Oak Bank based in Wilmington, North Carolina. Live Oak Bank lends money to small businesses in select industries, one of which is death care management. As a result of his extensive experience in funeral service, accounting and finance, Doug served as an industry liaison and Senior Loan Officer, connecting those in death care management with the opportunity of financing.
In September 2014, Doug formed Gober Strategic Capital to broaden the range of counsel and resources he brings to death care businesses. In addition to helping arrange financing through Live Oak Bank, he helped business owners make the most of their strategic and market opportunities.
In his quest to provide funeral and cemetery owners successful business solutions, Doug has recently partnered with The Foresight Companies. Foresight enables Doug to expand his service offerings to include Accounting, Business Valuations, Human Resource Services, Strategic Business Analysis, Family Surveys, Accounts Receivable Management and Market Research as well as Financing.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Doug graduated from the University of Alabama in 1977, where he earned a Business Degree in Accounting. Subsequently, he became a Certified Public Accountant specializing in industrial audits and corporate taxes.
Doug is married to Victoria Amato and is based in New Orleans. He is the father of four children and has four grandchildren.