Doug grew up in a small town in Wyoming where his family owned and operated an auto parts store. He is the son and grandson of “parts” men who fought the battles of entrepreneurship their whole lives. During the late 90s and early 2000s, rather than focusing on his dream of being either an artist or chef, Doug ended up with four degrees in four years, all of which were business oriented and none of which had anything to do with food or creating art.
After college, a job with a tech startup took him to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he soon found himself interacting with businesses of all types in an attempt to force success upon a venture using technology that was quickly passing its prime. After a few months the venture failed and Doug found himself self-employed and running down a strange path that resulted with him going to law school.
During law school, while working as a business and acquisition strategist for an immensely successful boutique transactional law firm in Las Vegas, Doug had the opportunity to become an entrepreneur once again. One of his closest friends came to Doug and asked him to perform diligence on a real estate investment company that was raising substantial sums of money for loan transactions throughout the United States. The result of the investigation was that Doug, and a few others, started what was soon to become a significant player in the private loan industry, and remains so to this day.
A few years later Doug formed the law firm of Shumway Van to serve the transactional and litigation needs of his various business interests. The law firm has continued rapid growth during the economic recovery due in part to the loyalty of clients that it helped to survive the financial disasters that swept the nation, and in part to exceptional client service that has resulted in substantial business from referrals. Shumway Van presently has offices in San Antonio, Texas, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2012, Doug formed Utile Dulci, Inc., which is an entity dedicated solely to the management of private investment funds that primarily invest in real estate, technology and product related businesses. Related thereto, Doug spends significant time and resources investing in startups and consulting with startups. He also dedicates no less than 500 pro bono hours per year to startups and small to medium businesses in hopes that his knowledge of business, law and finance will help them to achieve their goals and dreams.
To relax Doug plays with his daughter, discusses local, national and international events with his wife, cooks, and serves in various community organizations.