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Doug and Polly White own several businesses including Gather, Richmond and Hampton Road’s premier co-working spaces. They currently have five locations that provide collaborative and creative workspace to more than 800 member businesses in Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News.
Doug and Polly are known throughout the US and internationally for their regular columns in Entreprenur.com and Richmond.com and from their articles in CFO Magazine, the Huffington Post, Fox Business News, CNN Money, and many others. Together they have written two best-selling and award-winning books on Small Business growth and marketing.
On November 13, join us as Doug and Polly share their most intimate stories of business failures and triumphs, their most important lessons learned and answer your business questions to help you on your entrepreneurial journey.
Polly White spends most of her time solving people problems. These may include
developing ways to get the best out of employees, create great organizations,
handle complex HR situations, and hiring the right people.
She has that unique ability to understand people, their behaviors and personalities.
In her career, she has used these skills to help businesses solve complex human
resources and organizational problems. But, Polly also puts these talents to work in
other areas that require understanding people – Setting and achieving goals,
developing marketing strategies, increasing sales, creating effective processes and
policies, and boosting the organization’s online and social media presence. As COO
of Gather, Polly has focused her talents on helping to scale the business she helped
to found in 2013.
Polly spends her free time sitting on several civic and nonprofit boards and
committees and leading her church choir. She loves cooking for family and friends,
traveling with her husband and the guilty pleasure of watching cat videos.
Polly holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from Averett University where she
finished first in her class. She also earned a MA in Human Resource Development
from The George Washington University.
Doug has spent his career helping organizations solve business problems. His
background in physics, math, engineering and business gives him an ability to go
beyond the easy, surface solution to dig deeper and find unique answers. He has a
talent for making the complex simple and teaching others.
In his career, Doug has worked with organizations in diverse industries, has develop
strategies and metrics and fixed operational issues. Doug has led start-ups, fixed
broken business and executed acquisitions. The common thread -- Doug has been
the catalyst for creating significant bottom line value in every organization he has
As CEO of Gather, Doug has focused his energies and talents on scaling the
business he helped to found in 2013. Doug makes time to serve on several civic and
college boards and committees. He loves Randolph Macon Football almost as much
as he loves his wife. He collects wine, enjoys entertaining family and friends and fills
in for the preacher when she wants a week off.
Doug earned a BS in physics from Randolph Macon College. He earned a BS and
MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a MBA from Harvard.