Douglass Tatum, CPA

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ACADEMIC SPECIALTY: Entrepreneurship

M. Acc. Florida State University
B.S. Florida State University, Accounting / Finance

Capital Markets
U.S. Tax Policy
Corporate Management

Doug currently serves as a member of the Teaching Faculty at the Jim Moran College of Entrepreneurship at Florida State University. He also serves as the Advisory Board Chairman for the Business Dynamics Research Consortium, a national research institute at the University of Wisconsin – Extension.  Its mission is to study exceptional growth companies, the capital markets, and overall business activity to learn more about their impact on employment and economic growth. He is the Former Chairman of the Board for the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global not-for-profit organization with 58 Chapters and 14,000 members in the US and internationally, representing middle market private capital investors, intermediaries and the middle market deal community. In addition to his academic activities he also serves as a Board Member in a number of early stage companies:

Newport Board Group: a national professional services partnership of CEOs and senior executives who advise emerging middle market companies and assist private equity firms to invest in and grow portfolio companies.

Entomol:  Company is introducing in 2017 the world’s first EPA approved effective as Deet all natural mosquito repellent.  The product is being developed under a DuPont license for patent protected formulation of a natural oil.

V-Fortified:  Is a defense contractor spinout of a patent pending cyber software product currently in beta, targeting the private equity industry.

Alzyn:  Is a pharmaceutical – nutraceutical commercialization of a patent pending Alzheimer’s treatment licensed from Florida State University.

He has served on the following company boards:

ICON Aircraft: Manufacturing startup of the A5 light sport model two seat amphibious airplane. The company has the world’s first spin resistant airframe and commercial application of the angle of attack indicator.

Previously, Doug was Chairman and CEO of Tatum LLC, which grew into a highly respected national professional services firm with 30 offices and over 1000 professionals and employees.  The company was sold to Spherion in 2010. Prior to his role with Tatum LLC, Doug served a number of companies as a senior executive and/or board member.

Doug is a recognized expert on the capital markets and the entrepreneurial growth economy. He has testified before the U.S. Congress about the financing challenges growing companies face and about U.S. tax policy. Doug speaks extensively to business groups throughout the world, presenting the research and frameworks included in his book No Man’s Land: Where Growing Companies Fail.  The book, published in the U.S. in 2007, has received four national Best Business Book awards and has been published in China, Taiwan, South Korea and Vietnam.  The book was included in the recently updated edition of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten. Doug’s insights about rapid growth companies, private equity and the capital markets have been cited in hundreds of media outlets including Inc. Magazine, The Financial Times and the New York Times online.

Tatum is an alumnus of Florida State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, and Masters in Accounting.


Tatum, Doug (2007). No Man’s Land: Where Growing Companies Fail. The book has received four national Best Business Book awards and has been published in China, Taiwan and South Korea and is slated for publication in Vietnam. The book was included in the recently updated edition of The 100 Best Business Books of All Time by Jack Covert and Todd Sattersten.


Beauchamp, C., Ford, W., & Tatum, D.M. (2013). Evidence of Growing Disconnect between Public’s Views of Corporate America.Business Economics.


Best Business Book Awards



Doug Tatum grew up in Tallahassee, met his wife while they were both at Florida State University, moved away for several years with his work, and has just recently returned. They have been married over 30 years and have 4 grown children and two grandsons. He enjoys reconnecting with long-time friends in Tallahassee and also time with his family, when they can manage to get together from coast to coast and cities in between where their careers have taken them.