Its music, its triumphs and its low points have affected my spirit and my life.
I have spent 20 years in Hotel Management and several years on the Memphis Convention & Visitors Board, but in recent years, I have enjoyed the position of Hotel Historian and I am one of the two "Duckmasters" at the Peabody Hotel, the South's Grand Hotel as well as a Narrator on the Island Queen Riverboat. I have been fortunate to have met or known notables ranging from the Father of the Franchised Hotel to the man who discovered and recorded Elvis to the Queen of Beale Street and we'll talk about them.
Just by working in the Hospitality Industry in the Memphis area, I've enjoyed the priveledge of meeting and talking to Robert Plant, David Bryan of Bon Jovi, Yanni, Dionne Warwick, the Zombies and the Doobie Brothers among others. Memphis is a very special place to all these people and I'm motivated to show you why.
A Recent Review of this guide
Doug is an excellent tour guide. Our family enjoyed spending the day with him. If you like history, he has wonderful stories to tell. He made Nashville come alive for our family. Before the tour we thought Memphis had a "bourbon street" feel but he added many layers with stories about the music industry, Peabody Hotel, etc. The following day we visited several attractions with a new found interest.
Education: BBA w/ History concentration, U of M
General Manager certifications: Marriott, Hilton and Holiday Inn.
Memphis History certification, Memphis College of Art.
Instructor, Hospitality Mgmt., Southwest TN College.
Currently Hotel Historian/Duckmaster, Peabody Hotel, Memphis.
Finalist for 2016 Historic Hotels Of America Historian of The Year Award