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Doug Hardee is a creative director, published author, and Vietnam war veteran who exemplifies a lifelong pursuit of creativity through adversity, and helps others do the same. He began his successful career as a copywriter with McCann-Erikson and Young & Rubicam International. Through the years, he has won numerous awards including Clios, Cannes Lions, and top prize for the International Broadcasting Awards for “World’s Best Commercial.”
In addition to authoring two sci-fi novels, Doug is also an inspiring speaker and experienced consultant who helps companies, veterans, and teams overcome obstacles, pursue passions, and find success in the creative space.
If you’re looking for motivation and inspiration for yourself or your team, Doug offers a variety of options for consulting, speaking, and creative collaboration.
Doug Hardee was 18-years-old when he enlisted in the US Marine Corps after attending one quarter of college in Gainesville in 1969. “I wanted to come back with the G.I. Bill behind me and live in an environment where you didn’t have to take mescaline to see a movie.”
In Person Sessions
Perfect for company events, group meetings and book clubs, Doug is an engaging speaker and motivator. From his days in the Marine Corps to his years in the director’s chair, Doug will have your group laughing and learning as he shares valuable lessons from his life experiences.
Wanting to promote teamwork or inspire your team to achieve a new goal? Doug’s masterful use of his life experiences will help your group move from concept to delivery. Doug can help your team identify creative ways of solving problems while working together.
Senior Director – Global Center of Excellence, Merchandising & Marketing, Circle K
“Doug has an uncanny ability to translate client business-speak into spot-on messaging for the defined audience. What we initially ask for isn’t always what we want, and he is the ‘client-whisperer’ able to turn the ask into the perfect deliverable.”
President – Rhoads Group
“Doug is able to create work that is both spot on for the brand, but also highly engaging for the retail target audience. He’s a storyteller, with insight, wit, and a depth of marketing knowledge.”
Valerie Ellis Lavin
Luminary Global | Chief Executive Officer
“Doug is a mesmerizing speaker and gifted storyteller. His ability to articulate his story and experience was inspirational to the audience of veteran entrepreneurs. You could tell by the buzz in the room he was equipping them with several golden nuggets they could take back and implement in their own businesses. The audience was so energized when he was done the event went overtime because so many wanted to continue asking him questions. We would welcome Doug back to speak again anytime!”
(Elected) CFO of Florida, 2011- 2017 Ballard Partners – Partner/Chief Financial Officer
“When you want work that is highly creative, that engages and connects with your demographic audience, Doug Hardee is the go-to source. He does his homework and then some. Our campaign for CFO of Florida helped win 64 of our state’s 67 counties. That’s market penetration on a grand scale.”
As a copywriter and creative director in Atlanta, New York, Toronto, and Tampa, Doug has created numerous award-winning advertising campaigns for a diverse roster of clients, including: Outback Steakhouse, Publix Supermarkets, Coca-Cola, Chick-Fil-A, Hershey’s, Labatt’s Beer, Johnson & Johnson, Independent Life, Gate Petroleum, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Circle K Florida, and Bono’s Bar-B-Q, among others.
Whether you’re ready to schedule a creative consultation, a speaker session, or just want to chat with Doug about his books, fill out this form and he’ll get right back to you.