As the father of a 24-year-old daughter with autism and the owner/operator of a company dedicated to mobility solutions for people with disabilities, Doug has long been close to the ecosphere of physical and intellectual challenges, both at home and in the marketplace.
Doug is the former CEO of Vantage Mobility International (VMI), a Phoenix-based leader in the manufacturing and distribution of wheelchair-accessible vehicles. Founded in 1987, VMI serves thousands of customers annually, providing freedom and independence to this underserved population. As CEO, Doug led the company through double-digit annual growth, multiple industry cycles and two acquisitions by premier private equity firms. The second sale allowed him to step aside and pursue other endeavors.
The Eaton family—Doug, his wife Kelly and their three daughters Lindsey (24), Molly (22) and Kate (18)—has always been active in disability causes, including the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), New Way Learning Academy, Best Buddies and Treasure House. Doug currently serves on several nonprofit boards, including YoungLife International, YoungLife Scottsdale, Valley Presbyterian Church and the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Doug has a bachelor’s degree in business economics from Westmont College in California and lives in Paradise Valley with Kelly.