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Doug Porter

Chief Executive Officer of Ronald McDonald House Charities
A New Jersey native, Doug graduated from Cornell University with a BS from the School of Hotel Administration in 1978. Always dreaming of becoming a pilot, Doug went through the NROTC program and received his commission in the U.S. Navy upon graduation. Entering naval flight school in the fall of 1978, Doug accumulated 2000+ hours in carrier-based jets over the next seven years and was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for accomplishments during extended deployments to the Indian Ocean. Upon leaving the military in 1985, Doug joined Leo Burnett Advertising in Chicago. Throughout the course of the next 19 years, Doug worked on a number of clients in the Account Management area. In the fall of 2004, Doug retired from his business career and joined Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana as the CEO.