Doug Warner graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor’s degree in business and
political science. As a student, he was elected president of the student body and Pi Kappa Phi
Fraternity. He was also a leader in the ROTC program and the Student Union Board. He also
received a master's degree from The Citadel in 1991.
After graduation, Warner received a commission in the United States Army Reserves and began
his career with First Union National Bank in Charlotte, NC. He eventually transferred to
Charleston because he loved the city’s history, people, proximity to the water, and its
overlapping living-working dynamic.
Warner went on to work for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, The Roper
Foundation, Hill Construction Corporation, and Ketner for Congress before he eventually started
his real estate development and auction companies. He currently is the Executive Vice President
for Explore Charleston. He was deployed as a reservist to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert
Storm and was the Army Jr. Officer representative to NATO in 1992 through the Reserve
Warner currently serves on the MUSC Cardiology & Vascular Advisory Board, Spoleto Festival,
USA Board of Directors and has held leadership positions with the Medical University of South
Carolina’s Children’s Hospital Board, Alliance for Full Acceptance Board, Presbyterian College
Board of Trustees, and Alumni Board. In addition, Warner is a founding board member and past
president of the Charitable Society of Charleston.
Warner is a licensed auctioneer and has provided pro bono auction services to more than 30 non-
profit organizations each year for the past 25 years. He has raised more than $75 million to
support the missions of non-profits across the country pro bono. In 2016, Warner was awarded
the Presbyterian College Dum Vivimus Servimus Award "while we live, we serve" in
recognition of these efforts.
Warner and his husband, Truman Smith live in Charleston, SC.