Lee Duggs is a consummate professional and adept public steward. He has 25+ years of business experience having worked for startups - Fortune 100 companies; he also founded and ran 5 veteran-owned small businesses, of which 1 achieved Forbes' 100 Most Promising Companies status and another will achieve this accolade for 2012. Moreover, he has over 10 years of merger, acquisition, & divestment experience. Similarly, Lee has decades of public and non-profit experience with organizations such as the U.S. Coast Guard, Teach For America, and many others.
Lee comes from very humble beginnings; he cleaned military clinics as a child with his mother and helped his father build and manage rental properties, while earning a 4.0 average in school. After college, he joined the Coast Guard and is a recipient of the Milton Standard Leadership Award, Coast Guard Officer of the Year (1998), and other distinctions.
After the Coast Guard, Lee became an accomplished executive at companies like Air Liquide, NetApp, and Applied Materials. During the same time, he raised
millions for Teach For America and the 2nd Harvest Food Bank. While at Applied Materials, he also served as a Board of Director of the Aromas Water District, where he crafted a strategic plan and implemented a water purification system.
Currently, Lee is the Chairman and CEO of The Turn-To Advisors (a
division of The Candlegate Group Advisors), which specializes in wealth
management and business consulting. Since 2009 to the present, Lee has served as a Board of Director of Armed Forces Insurance and is serving his 2nd term as
Vice Chairman of the Subscribers' Advisory Committee, which represents the
subscribers' interests. Lee is also a Trustee for the Sanitary Improvement District 441 in Omaha.
Lee holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Government and Gen. Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and a Graduate degree in Public Administration from California State University. Lee enjoys golfing, fishing, and is an avid sailor; he sailed single-handedly from Hawaii to San Diego in 39 days.