Doug George, CPA, CVA
2013 KGA/KACS Chairman of the Board
Married to Charlena Thompson George for 14 years, one child Katie George, 12 years old…
Doug started in the grocery business stocking shelves in his family’s small country store that his mother took over from her father (his grandfather) in 1969. His family lived in an attached apartment so the store was always open if not always officially. According to Doug, “if you want to learn about customer service try running a small grocery store and living next door to it, I can remember people always coming to our apartment late at night, long after we had went to bed, and knocking on the door and asking my Mom or Dad if we were closed. I don’t remember them every turning anyone away. I try to live up to that standard when I have contact with my customers today, whether it is one of Laurel’s retail customers, or in my current position as CFO, one of the department heads that depend on me for information.”
Doug started working at Laurel Grocery Company in 1985 as an order selector. In 1989 as the result of new environmental regulation surrounding the fuel part of their business and increased competition Doug’s family closed the grocery store after being in continuous operation and serving their community for 67 years. In 1992 two years after enrolling in college Doug became a weekend computer operator at Laurel Grocery while continuing his education.
In 1990 Doug graduated with honors from Sue Bennett College with an A.A. in Business Administration. In 1994 Doug graduated with honors from Eastern Kentucky University with a B.B.A. majoring in accounting. In 1995 Doug was hired as an Assistant Controller at Laurel Grocery. In 1999 Doug became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Kentucky. In 2000 he was promoted to Controller. In 2006 Doug was promoted to Chief Financial Officer at Laurel Grocery. In 2010 Doug became certified as a Certified Valuation Analysts (CVA). Doug continues to serve as Chief Financial Officer of Laurel Grocery Co., LLC located in London, Ky.
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