Doug Wilwerding

Managing Principal

Doug Wilwerding is the founder and Managing Principal of the Optimas Group, LLC, a venture investment firm founded in 2008. Doug and the Optimas team guide capitalization efforts and work closely with management teams to develop differentiated market positions and creating lasting value. The Optimas Group portfolio companies focus on business to business services, technology, and specialty finance. 

Background

Prior to founding The Optimas Group, Doug worked from 1986 to 2008 in the accounts receivable management industry. During that time, Doug developed an in-depth understanding of consumer finance, commercial finance, telecommunications, insurance, and healthcare accounts receivable in U.S., Central American, and South American markets. Through his career Doug has held a variety of leadership positions on industry boards in both the consumer credit and health insurance sectors. 

Following his leveraged buyout of Omnium Worldwide in 1998, Doug served as Chairman and CEO until he sold the company to West Corporation in 2007. In 2008, after completing post transaction integration and leadership transition, Doug left West Corporation to form The Optimas Group, LLC. In 2016 Doug assumed the roles of Chairman and CEO of Vendorin, LLC along with his role as Managing Principal of The Optimas Group, LLC.

In addition to serving on the boards of the Optimas portfolio companies, Doug's board experience includes banking, industrial machinery, livestock and agriculture, business services, and technology companies ranging in annual revenue from a few million dollars to more than $500 million.

Doug holds BSBA and MBA degrees from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.