Hoya Highlight: Doug Bouton (C'07)

Doug Bouton

President & COO, Halo Top Creamery

What has been the most rewarding moment of your career?

If I had to choose, I think the fact that we employee more than 100 people right now. It's very rewarding to create great jobs for great people.

What do you wish you had done earlier in your career?

My "career" has largely been Halo Top so not sure I would've done anything differently. I went to law school out of college and practiced law for a year or so before Halo Top. My legal background helped tremendously with the founding of (and raising money for) Halo Top so can't say I regret that aspect of my career.

What trends do you see in your profession or industry?

There are plenty of trends in the food industry. When Halo Top started, it was in the middle of the healthy eating trend that continues to this day, which Greek yogurt largely spearheaded. In that sense, we've been fortunate to have the right product, right time—aligning with food/beverage trends like low-calorie, high-protein, and low-sugar. As far other trends, non-dairy/vegan is a big one that will last for a long time. I suspect things like gluten-free are more fad than trend and will pass but time will tell.

What is the hardest thing you have ever done professionally?

The first few years of Halo Top were really tough, really stressful. I would've been easy for my business partner and me to give up. Persevering through those 3-4 years, in hindsight, was probably the hardest thing that I've done professionally. I'm also most proud of what we've done and what we've accomplished because I know personally just how hard and precarious it was. We could just as easily not be here today. Halo Top wouldn't exist and I would be personally bankrupt if we didn't catch a bunch of lucky breaks and keep on keeping on.

What is the best career advice you have ever received?

If you're not happy, stop talking about it and make a change.

How has Georgetown shaped you?

Georgetown has shaped me in more ways than I can count. I think the two most important ways in which it shaped me are: 1. critical thinking (especially as it relates to self-reflection) and 2. holistic education.

Georgetown was the first time that I was really challenged to critically think about all of my beliefs and opinions, and the importance of critical thinking (in business and in life) cannot be understated in my opinion. Georgetown also emphasized the importance of a holistic education—focusing on activities, relationships, and social education beyond the classroom.

What was your favorite professor or class at Georgetown?

Professor McKeown's "The Problem of God"

What is your favorite Georgetown memory?

House parties, Georgetown Day activities, 2007 Final Four trip to Atlanta, pretty much all of my theology classes. Too many to count...

Who is a source of inspiration and strength to you in your life and why?

The easy answer is my parents. The values they taught me, the work ethic they instilled in me, and the love and support they have given me are the main reason why I am who I am and have accomplished what I have accomplished.

What is on your desk right now?

Papers, clutter, and more crap than I care to admit

Who is your favorite author?

I don't really have one. I read anything—biographies and other non-fiction, fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, etc. Literally anything.

What are your words to live by?

Pick just about any Drake lyric.