The EBC is pleased to announce that Doug Porter, the CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, CNI will be our September interviewee! Doug has had a very rich and broad career, having worked in the Navy, a major ad agency, and now the non-profit world. Please read his bio (posted below) and reply to this post with questions you would like us to ask Mr. Porter at our September 14th event!
A New Jersey native, Doug graduated from Cornell University with a BS from the School of Hotel Administration in 1978. Always dreaming of becoming a pilot, Doug went through the NROTC program and received his commission in the U.S. Navy upon graduation. Entering naval flight school in the fall of 1978, Doug accumulated 2000+ hours in carrier-based jets over the next seven years and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for accomplishments during extended deployments to the Indian Ocean.
Upon leaving the military in 1985, Doug joined Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago. Throughout the course of the next 19 years, Doug worked on a number of clients in the Account Management area. From 1999 -2004, Doug served as the Executive Vice President and Worldwide Management Director on the McDonald’s and Hallmark businesses for Burnett, as well as serving on Burnett’s US Operating Board and the Global Operating Committee. During his advertising career, Doug was a part of the agency teams that were recognized with Effie awards for achieving outstanding marketing results on Procter & Gamble, Crayola and Hallmark. Additionally, he was a member of teams that were awarded a Clio and a Bronze Cannes Lion for creative excellence. During that time, Doug served on the Board of Directors of the Advertising Educational Foundation in New York City and as President of the Board for the Ronald McDonald House near Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago, as well as participating in the ‘Leadership Greater Chicago’ class of 1997.
In the fall of 2004, Doug retired from his business career and joined Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana as the CEO. In that role, he oversaw a merger of all the assets in the Chicago area to form one cohesive organization that is dedicated to the health, well-being and education of children. Today, he leads four Ronald McDonald Houses and one Ronald McDonald Family Room that provide a “home away from home” for 140 families each night in medical crises, a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile offering free pediatric medical services and a scholarship program. The charity has just opened the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood that serves the new Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Doug is immediate past Chairman of the Namaste Charter School in Chicago and currently sits on the board of JobBound, Beauty for the Brave and Receptions for Research, The Greg Olsen Foundation.
Doug and his wife, Ann, have two children, Alison and Scott, and reside in Western Springs, IL.