Doug Maris is a Strategy Management Group Senior Associate with over twenty-five years’ executive leadership and strategy experience. He is an experienced facilitator and exceptional instructor. As a big-picture thinker and problem solver, he strives to help organizations focus on what matters most, make better strategic decisions, and grow.
Doug’s vast healthcare experience includes serving as a Senior Director of Business Development for a senior healthcare company where he developed, launched, and led a strategic management system for a large healthcare organization with 2,200 employees and $175 million annual budget. He also served as Executive Director for three large senior living/healthcare communities, responsible for over 600 employees and successful fiscal management of a $10,000,000+ annual operations budgets. While serving with a large senior living/healthcare non-profit organization, Doug served as project manager/lead for major corporate-wide change initiatives and projects (including integration to electronic health record platform, centralizing procurement automation and systems, establishing executive team dashboards, creating systems for increasing utilization of rehab service line, and initiating new reporting and metrics systems). Additionally he wrote and executed the business plan to launch a large pharmacy serving multiple campuses throughout Illinois and generating additional revenues for the company.
Other healthcare experience includes serving as a six-year member of the board of directors for his local hospital, serving on the strategy and ethics committees. He has provided strategy consulting and training services for hospitals, senior living organizations, and aging services associations. He has lectured for healthcare associations including Life Services Network and the LeadingAge PEAK Summit. Doug also has many years’ experience assisting non-profit organizations with articulating a strategic & operating plan with a focus on execution and developing key performance metrics.
Doug has also led two large churches as senior pastor through significant seasons of growth and outreach via major strategic management and change processes. Additionally, he has taught as an adjunct professor for Lincoln Christian University for over twenty years offering college and graduate-level courses. He is also former 6-year board director with the Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital and current second-term board member of the Olympia Community Unit School District #16.
Doug earned his M.A. and M.Div. from Lincoln Christian University. He also earned the Strategic Management Certificate from DePaul University and is a Certified Strategic Management Professional and Certified Strategic Planning Professional, both through the Association for Strategic Planning. Doug is also a Certified Balanced Scorecard Professional and a member of the International Association of Facilitators.
He enjoys attending his children’s extracurricular sports and activities, reading, boating, golf, and the Chicago Cubs (sometimes).