Founder & CEO
The career trajectory of Doug Holladay has been unique and varied with its blend of public service, finance and business, non-profit work, and more recently, teaching and journalism.
J. Douglas Holladay is a co-founder of Park Avenue Equity Partners, L.P. with offices in New York and Washington. Park Avenue Equity Partners is a private equity fund which makes equity investments in middle market operating companies. Prior to co-founding Park Avenue, Mr. Holladay was Chairman and founder of the Thornton Group, LLC, which made opportunistic equity investments in startup companies.
He is a co-founder and general partner in Elgin Capital Partners LP, a private equity partnership focused on domestic energy development. While Mr. Holladay continues as an active investor, the main focus of his time is on several not-for-profit efforts, including PathNorth, which helps business owners and CEOs define success more broadly, and ABC² (Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure), working to find a cure for brain cancer. Additionally, he holds the Heinz Christian Prechter Executive in Residence position at Georgetown University where he teaches MBA students.
Mr. Holladay was formerly a senior officer with the international investment banking firm, Goldman, Sachs and Company, headquartered in New York. At Goldman Sachs, he worked in the Investment Banking Division on a range of matters, strategic and administrative as well as on certain international transactions with a governmental component. While with Goldman Sachs, he served as founding President of One to One Mentoring Partnership, an initiative of the New York financial community to bring imaginative solutions to some of our most pressing urban youth challenges.
Prior to joining Goldman, Sachs, Mr. Holladay held senior positions in both the White House and Department of State. After working under White House Chief of Staff, James A. Baker III, Mr. Holladay was appointed by the President to the personal rank of Special Ambassador, charged to coordinate major aspects of the U.S. public response to the challenges posed by South Africa prior to the dramatic release of Nelson Mandela.
Mr. Holladay has advised several Presidents and numerous corporate leaders and has explained and debated public policy issues on national television. He has contributed to several books on a broad range of issues, foreign policy, culture, theology and 19th C. history and has placed articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and other influential journals. He has delivered public speeches to leadership gatherings in more than 40 states and 10 nations.
Service has characterized Mr. Holladay's career path causing him to promote change and understanding in settings as diverse as East and South Africa, the White House and on Wall Street. Noted author, Gail Sheehy, in her best seller, Pathfinders, described Holladay as an influential layman who "excelled in all that he touched."
Mr. Holladay has served on numerous Boards, Councils and Presidential Commissions, including the Presidential Commission on Drug Prevention, Presidential Commission on Small Business, Morehouse College, Sunrise Senior Living, Inc., Elgin Energy, LLC, CNL Hotels and Resorts Inc., United Way International, Miraval Inc., Harvard University Divinity for the Study of Values in Public Life, Oxford Analytica, Ltd., University of North Carolina School of Public Health Advisory Board, and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. He has served as a key advisor to a number of public and private companies including Heidrick and Struggles, the Case Foundation, Hughes Supply, Service Master, Alexander Proudfoot among others. Mr. Holladay’s pro-bono work includes serving as Executive Producer of a PBS film documentary, The Question of God, contrasting the world views of Sigmund Freud and C. S. Lewis. Mr. Holladay further served as a judge of the 2005 Emmy Awards. He recently launched with Philippe Cousteau Jr. the Global Echo ETF Fund (NYSE:GIVE) with its unique philanthropic feature.
Mr. Holladay holds degrees from the University of North Carolina, Princeton Theological Seminary and Oxford University in England as well as two honorary doctorates from Morehouse College and Nyack College. He serves as an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Business and wrote a regular column for the Washington Post online. Mr. Holladay was a White House Fellow finalist and played Division I Varsity Lacrosse as a UNC undergraduate.