As founder and principal of doug carpenter & associates, Doug spearheads all new business and consulting efforts and oversees the creation and execution of comprehensive communication, advertising, and public relations plans for the agency’s clients. In addition, Doug directs all non-profit development and sales consulting initiatives undertaken by the agency. Doug is involved with all aspects of the agency and prides himself on being available and accessible to everyone engaged in the business.
In 1988, at the age of 24, he founded Doug Carpenter Advertising. The agency achieved early success with clients in the multi-family real estate category and grew to add finance, arts, sports, education, telecommunications, entertainment, and retail to its portfolio. It was in these early years that his philosophy of client service and opportunity cultivation was developed.
In 2001, he added a partner and changed the name of the agency to carpenter/sullivan. Among its many accomplishments was the critical role the firm played in attracting and promoting the move of the Vancouver Grizzlies NBA franchise to Memphis.
In 2006, the agency acquired Sossaman + Associates, forming carpenter/sullivan/sossaman (cs2), and grew it into one of the largest advertising firms in the region with over 40 employees and considerable recognition for creative work.
In 2009, Doug sold cs2 and founded doug carpenter & associates as a full-service advertising, public relations, and consulting firm.
A dedicated Memphian, Doug is active in many civic endeavors. He is a former chairman of the Board of Trustees for Downtown Memphis Ministries, Inc., a former member of the University of Memphis Tigers Athletics Advisory Board of Directors, was founding Chairman of the Board for Crosstown Arts Organization, and is a member of Soulsville Foundation Advocates International. He is now leading the effort to bring bike share to Memphis.
Launched two national campaigns for Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Launched national campaign for Memphis-based logistics and transportation company Dunavant and its subsidiaries.
Original Chairman of the Board of Crosstown Arts and was on the original Crosstown development team leading communication about the Sears Crosstown renovation.
Co-founder and marketing partner of Tennessee Brewery: Untapped
Founder and Leader of Explore Bike Share
Intimately involved in the recruitment of an NBA franchise for Memphis.
Helped raise over $25 million for the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center.
Involved with Soulsville/Stax Museum revitalization project from concept to market.
Assembled the investor group to purchase The Racquet Club of Memphis and ATP and WTA tennis tournaments.
Developed $10 million facility enhancement capital campaign for University of Memphis.