Join us for an interactive "precept" as Brian Douglas '98 discusses making the leap from the corporate world to being an entrepreneur, raising capital for a startup, and managing growth. Hosted by Bob Murley '72. RSVP by TODAY, 4/24 @ 5 pm!

Have you ever wanted to know more about...


  • Startups / Entrepreneurship – the highs and the low
  • Different paths to starting your own business (e.g. the big idea vs. acquiring a company)
  • Making the leap from the corporate world to entrepreneurship (“When is the right time?”)
  • Raising capital for a startup
  • Managing growth
  • Working with your spouse, friend or partner...Be Careful!







Brian Douglas '98 is the Co-Founder and CEO of Itzy Ritzy, a high growth juvenile products company founded by Brian and Kelly Douglas.  An industry leader known for delivering innovative products with modern design and functionality, Itzy Ritzy products can be found in thousands of locations throughout the US, Canada, Asia, Australia and Europe in retailers such as Target, buybuyBaby, Babies R Us and more.  


Prior to Itzy Ritzy, Brian was a Mergers & Acquisitions investment banker in New York City with both Banc of America Securities and Sagent Advisors where he completed over $4 billion of M&A and financing deals.  Before his banking career, Brian was a strategy and technology consultant for Accenture in both New York and Chicago.  Brian received his AB in History from Princeton University and his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


This will be a fascinating and educational evening as well as a nice opportunity to mix with fellow Tigers!


Monday, April 27, 2015
5:30 pm - wine, beer, & cheese reception
6:00 pm - program followed by Q&A
Credit Suisse, 42nd floor
227 W Monroe Street

Chicago, IL 


Click HERE to reserve by Friday, April 24th at noon!   

Please arrive before 6:00 p.m. and bring ID for security

Many thanks to Bob Murley '72 S76 for graciously hosting this event! 

Questions?  Contact Charlene Huang Olson '88  @

Our team of design and product innovators blushes a little thinking that our products have caught the eye of celebrities and have been spotted in the hands of Angelina Jolie, Pink, Nicole Richie and even Bradley Cooper in his dad role in The Hangover II.

The press agrees Itzy Ritzy gets it right, with features including The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Parents Magazine and accolades as the winner of a 2012 Cribsie Award, a 2011 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award and back-to-back wins of Best New Product by Baby & Children’s Product News.

Now with a global presence with thousands of retailers across the US, Canada, Asia, Australia, Mideast and Europe, Itzy Ritzy is reinventing practical luxury for modern families around the world. As moms and dads ourselves, we know what a wild ride parenting can be. So we consider our job done when you get your job done in a stylish, exciting and refreshingly simple way.