Douglas Brown, J.D., is an Academic Program Manager and professor in Post University's Master of Business Administration program. He is responsible for design and delivery of two concentrations and certificate programs:Â Corporate Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Brown has extensive background in speaking, training and coaching individuals and executives within corporations, associations and public groups.
Mr. Brown is a coach and strategist with more than 20 years experience designing and implementing growth strategies with entrepreneurs, corporations and not-for-profit organizations. Dougâ€™s business experience includes business development, operations, finance, human resources, organizational development, customer service, information technology, marketing & sales, product development, inventory control, real estate, procurement, supply chain and legal affairs.
As an expert in outsourcing, logistics, aftermarket service, business development and real estate, Mr. Brown has worked with retailers, manufacturers, medical equipment, and high tech and aviation companies to improve operations, profitability and customer service. His entrepreneurial experience includes family ventures, large companies, professional associations and early stage startups.
Mr. Brown is passionate about helping business executives grow their organizations. His goal is always to help the organization survive adversity and scale for profitable growth. He believes a key to revenue growth and expense management requires balancing the "voice of the customer" â€“ listening to what they need and why â€“ with the "voice of the business" through effective functional integration and strategic alliances.
As a scholarly practitioner, Mr. Brown does more than just teach. He actively works as a business coach for corporations, entrepreneurs and attorneys, allowing him to bring up-to-date real-world experience to the University and his students. He currently holds the following positions:Â
A native of Newtown, Conn., Mr. Brown currently lives about 8 miles from Post University in Cheshire, Conn. with his wife and three children. The entire family is active in community and sporting organizations. They are active in the winter as part of the Mount Southington Ski Team. During spring, lacrosse season, Mrs. Brown coaches and leads the club, and two of their kids are on teams. Summer is about golf and spending time at the shore. Fall is Football season. When he's not busy with work, Mr. Brown loves spending time with his children and playing golf. His favorite hobby is being behind a microphone â€“ he is an experienced public speaker and enjoys doing voiceover work for an independent film producer, radio interviews and can be heard at many sporting events as the PA Announcer for lacrosse, basketball and football â€“ including the Post Eagles Sprint Football Team.Â
Mr. Brown has a passion for helping others reach their full potential. He approaches education as a professional endeavor and expects his students to give their best in every aspect of every assignment. He knows that a student's "best" isn't about correct all the time â€“ it means being fully engaged, asking questions and bringing the best thinking possible to the task. As an attorney, he values learning through dialogue and questioning â€“ asking the question behind the question to understand the "how" and "why" of a situation. There is rarely a single "correct answer" in business, so believes the role of the educator is to teach the students how to learn. He consistently seeks evidence that his students are applying academic principles in a practical way in real life.
Mr. Brown has been described by students as tough but fair, and someone who's willing to go the extra mile for students â€“ especially those focused and passionate about learning and improving. He treats students as professional adults who are both responsible and accountable for their actions, and emphasizes the importance of critical thinking.
Mr. Brownâ€™s favorite aspect of the Post University MBA Program is the interaction with the students and the "two way" learning that happens every day. He sees the learning environment as a flywheel of learning where faculty provide subject matter expertise so students can learn, and students share their expertise and perspectives with other students to move the wheel forward even faster. It is an excellent illustration of his philosophy of "Learn. Apply. Grow."
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Mr. Brown has been active in professional associations throughout his career. He has served in a variety of leadership capacities for the Connecticut Bar Association, including as Chair of its Young Lawyers' Section. In 2002, he was recognized by his peers and the Connecticut Law Tribune as a New Leader of the Law for overall accomplishment in the first ten years of his legal career. He was a founder of the Emerging Leaders Council for the International Warehouse Logistics Association and has served on the Board of the local chapter of American Corporate Counsel Association. He served for six years on the Board of The Farms Country Club, for five years as Cubmaster of his boys' Pack and has coached a variety of youth sports teams.More recently, Mr. Brown has been working behind the scenes to launch the "Letâ€™s Think Kids Foundation" â€“ focused on helping parents become better learning partners for their children. He is active in Toastmasters International and in the Chambers of Commerce in both Cheshire and Waterbury. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Small Firm Practice Management section for the Connecticut Bar Association.
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