Douglas graduated from ITESM-Guaymas Campus in 1992 as a Biochemistry Engineer with a Major on Aquatic Resources, where he specialized in Aquaculture and would immediately start his research studies on Pearl Culture at that same institute, where he would later also obtain a Master’s Degree in Sustainability and Natural Resources Management in 1996. It was during these years that his team developed the basic applied technologies towards the re-establishment of this industry in Mexico. By the year 2000, this dream became a reality under the commercial name of “Perlas del Mar de Cortez” and the establishment of the first commercial marine pearl farm in the entire American continent.
But one of his personal passions was traveling, so by 2001 he took on the offer of “Grand Circle Travel” to become a very successful “Tour Director” and to lead foreign visitors into Mexico’s Northwestern region, including the States of Sonora, Sinaloa and Chihuahua. He became a father to 4 children and thus decided to remain with his family and took up a position as a full-time teacher at ITESM Campus Sonora-Norte. For 2 straight years, he was considered one of the best teachers at this prestigious Private University Campus.
But by 2004 he was back in the saddle and raising Pearls in Guaymas. The company he had helped start had been badly damaged by Hurricane “Marty” and was in need of a reboot so he came back as a Founding Partner. He helped open an experimental pearl farm and Sales Boutique in the Caribbean island of Cozumel (this project was destroyed by hurricane “Wilma” in 2006) and has overseen the Sales and Public Relations Department of Perlas del Mar de Cortez since 2005.
Douglas has also been an external Teacher at several local Universities (including the Campus Guaymas of ITESM and ITSON), and has owned and operated small businesses in the touristic & food services areas. Has also become involved in giving talks to students about Entrepreneurship at local high schools and Universities.
As a leader at “Cortez Pearls” he has become a vocal voice and advocate of the Fair Trade Gems movement and the Sustainable Pearls initiative. Back in the year 2004 his company became the first to offer a Fair Trade Pearl and in 2015 it became one of 4 companies in the world -out of thousands of pearl farms in existence today- declared as a Sustainable Pearl Farming Operation.
He has given talks and presentations at conferences world-wide, mainly in the United States, Mexico, Germany and Hong Kong, he has authored and co-authored in over 40 scientific papers and articles; he has appeared on TV in Mexico’s Televisa, Telemax and TV Azteca channels for interviews and special programs; in the United States he has been featured in Fox’s “On the Arizona Road” and in National Geographic’s “Weird Farms” programs. On the internet, he authored “The Sea of Cortez Pearl Blog” (now not fully completed since being hacked in February 2016) and his YouTube Channel garners over 3 thousand subscribers, his videos have been seen almost 5 million times.