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2012 40 Under 40 Honoree: K. Patrick Douglas

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K. Patrick Douglas believes living and working in the same community where he was raised contributes to his interest in seeing it thrive.

As a fourth-generation attorney at Douglas, Haun & Heidemann PC, the firm started by his great-grandfather a century ago in Bolivar, Douglas splits his time between the law, business interests, adjunct teaching, volunteering and his church.

“My proudest professional and community accomplishment is becoming established as a trustworthy, quality driving, ethical professional who has earned the respect of many community members as evidenced by recurring referrals from other professionals … and the prior clients I have served,” he says.

Douglas enjoys working with younger attorneys, both in his law firm and through teaching business law at Southwest Baptist University.

“I had attorneys in the firm who helped me immensely when I was a younger attorney, and I treasured the mentoring I received,” he says. “I like to think I serve that same important role.”

Douglas also is an assistant city attorney for the city of Bolivar, and he is involved with several boards. He served on the Citizens Memorial Healthcare Foundation Board from 2005 to 2011, and he has served in an elected position on the CMH Hospital Board since last year.

Douglas also has served on the board for the Roy Blunt YMCA of Bolivar, helping to raise funds to support the organization’s Strong Kids Campaign, which makes YMCA programs available to children even if they can’t pay.

In honor of his firm’s 100th anniversary this year, Douglas has raised funds for area nonprofits. “I strongly believe our success is rooted in our ongoing commitment to service in our community … and what better way to celebrate than to raise money for reputable local charities who serve our community every day.”

For the past 10 years, Douglas has been a member of the Rotary Club, serving as chair of club administration; as the outbound youth coordinator; and as the current secretary-elect. He also has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for his charitable contributions to the Rotary Foundation.

Douglas is active in his church, and he coaches various YMCA sports teams.

 “I strongly believe that young children can gain an immense amount of confidence from succeeding in these sorts of activities,” he said. “I find it to be a rewarding experience each time I’m involved as a coach to share in a part of each child’s success.”

In addition to helping children enjoy and learn from sports, Douglas also works to maintain his own physical fitness and has run three marathons in the last three years.

Click here for full coverage of the 2012 40 Under 40.


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