About Doug

Personal

Hi there, I’m Doug.

In 2005, I married my “high school sweetheart” and–after over a decade–she is still putting up with me.

We’re animal people. I have, at the time of this writing, 6 cats, a hamster, a dog, and a 40 gallon tank full of fish.

I read a lot. Philosophy, Religion, Science, History, Fiction. You name it. I’m interested in it. In 2015, I finished a reading project in which I read 1,000 books in 1,000 days. Since then, I’ve read a book every week or two. I also try to keep up on the latest research in the social science literature. 

I write a little. I wrote a book about curiosity at the beginning of 2014, and I’ve been trying to live out its principles ever since. At the end of 2015, I published a novella as part of National Novel Writing Month. Since 2010, I’ve written over 500 articles online and continue to write occasionally here on my personal blog, Relentless Curiosity

Philosophically, I identify strongly with existentialist thought. Religiously, I come from the Christian tradition and continue to work through this tradition in my evolving understanding of the Holy. As of 2016, I’ve been a proud member of and participant in the work of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In July 2017, I started Mission 9:41, a project whose purpose is to get Christians to listen to and learn from those they’ve marginalized.

I’m obsessed with coffee. While I’m not on any strict diet, I try to eat both healthily (high protein and fiber, low refined carbs and sugars) and sustainably (very little meat). Finally, I’ve been doing intermittent fasting (16/8 method) since September 2015.

I’m a huge basketball fan. I root for the University of Kentucky Wildcats (because it’s my alma mater) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (because I live in Cleveland), but I am more a fan of the game than I am any particular team. I don’t really follow any other sports. Just hoops.

I listen to a lot of NPR. I’m obsessed with superhero movies. My favorite music–a persistent lingering force from my days in Evangelical youth groups– tends to be “Christian” Rock (see RadioU). Some of my all-time favorites include Demon Hunter, Project 86, Thousand Foot Krutch, Skillet, and Red.

Work

From 2010-2013, I worked in Internet marketing space: email marketing, social media, seo, content development, etc.

From 2013-2016, I worked as a sales analyst for a company that makes home organization products.

Starting in 2017, I’ve worked as a data analyst for an economic consulting firm in downtown Cleveland. I aggregate, clean, organize, and test labor market data that is fed into a software platform offered to Chambers of Commerce and large institutions seeking out actionable information on employment trends across industries.

I am extremely passionate about data science, and I have been using every resource at my disposal (Coursera, Udemy, Datacamp, Edx, Big Data University, etc.) to learn the field since 2015. Thus far, I have become proficient in Microsoft Excel (including VBA), Tableau, SQL, and R Programming–and somewhat of a novice in Python and MongoDB.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Business Economics. The University of Kentucky. 2009.

Master of Business Administration. Youngstown State University. 2013.

Contact

I’m on Twitter @douglaserice, and you can look me up on Facebook too if you want to get in touch for any reason.

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