Doug Gober began his funeral service career thirty-six 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 has been instrumental in planning and implementing a number of 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 is now being offered in more than 6,000 funeral homes in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He has 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 as a way to broaden the range of counsel and resources he could bring to death care businesses. In addition to helping arrange financing through Live Oak Bank, he can help business owners make the most of their strategic and market opportunities.
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.
4161 Pommard Drive
Kenner, Louisiana 70065