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CEO of Seattle's All Star Directories visits Whitworth business students

April 18, 2011
Brown named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year

Doug Brown, president and CEO of All Star Directories in Seattle, presented a lecture for Whitworth business students last October.

Brown lectured for students in John Hengesh's organizational behavior and business policy classes. Hengesh, who serves as interim director of Whitworth's graduate studies in business program, says Brown's experience in managing All Star Directories directly relates to the topics covered in those classes.

Brown spoke on innovation, quality, efficiency and customer responsiveness and how they play a critical role in the successes at All Star Directories. He also discussed the importance of positive, collaborative and engaged management in the areas of individual, team and organizational performance.

"It was a privilege to have the opportunity to listen to such a qualified individual with so much success and experience under his belt," says David Blue, a senior majoring in business management. "He really connected the ideas we've been covering in class with real world experiences. He hires assertive people who display lots of leadership characteristics."

Brown has more than 25 years of experience leading early and growth-stage tech companies, including 14 years in finance and accounting with Ernst & Young. Since joining All Star Directories in 2005, the company's annual revenues have more than quadrupled. Brown has also served as a Division President with Leggett & Platt, and as president of GoAhead Software. He has served on more than 20 growth-stage and nonprofit boards of directors during his career. Currently, Brown is co-founding the Education Marketing Council.

Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Idaho, where he graduated with honors. This year, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Northwest Entrepreneur of the Year.

Founded in 2001, All Star Directories, Inc. is a publisher of online and career school directories to help match students with nearly 800 schools that best meet their education needs. Puget Sound Business Journal has recognized the company as one of Washington State's fastest growing companies for six consecutive years. All Star Directories has also been recognized by Inc 500, and was named by Seattle Business magazine as one of the best companies to work for in Seattle.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


John Hengesh, interim director, graduate studies in business program, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4455, or

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703, or