Douglas C. Greene Award of Excellence in Entrepreneurialism Established Through Foundation



Nov. 12, 2008 – The Douglas C. Greene Award of Excellence in Entrepreneurialism scholarship has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The scholarship award, which was recently created by a generous gift from Douglas and Heather Greene, will be presented annually to an outstanding student at Southeast Missouri State University in recognition of the individual’s accomplishments in the field of entrepreneurialism through contributions to the education, business and social community.

Greene will present the inaugural award on Nov. 20 following his presentation on “Global Entrepreneurship” during Southeast Missouri State University’s Global Entrepreneurship Week. In the future, the scholarship will be awarded annually at an appropriate time to highlight the importance of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial thinking.

Greene started his career with Sears Roebuck & Company in the executive training program. During his time at Sears, he served as a store manager, manager of an experiential, start-up retailing operation in a suburb of New York City, was responsible for introducing the Radial tire and Diehard battery to Sears stores, and worked at the company’s Chicago headquarters as the national buyer of lighting fixtures and fireplace equipment.

After 13 years with Sears, Greene left to take over a Portland, Ore., company that manufactured glass door firescreens, and went on to own or manage several other glass door firescreen companies before starting a new company that developed remote controls for gas fireplaces. Nicknamed the “Father of Fireplace Remotes,” Greene grew the company into an innovative, worldwide business venture.

He sold the remote business in 2001 and founded Skytech Enterprises, a company specializing in the development of Infrared (IR) devices for pain management and skin care treatments.

Greene has traveled extensively in Asia, sourcing products in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Korea and Japan. His European travels for sourcing products have taken him to Spain, (former) Yugoslavia and India.

Greene and his wife, Heather, reside in Vancouver, Wash., and Rancho Mirage, Calif.