“Over the 6 months running up to the election in November, it was clear to me that the Republican Party in Arizona was seriously divided. In addition, there were clear indications we needed to improve our fundraising and that our campaign ground game needed a lot of work. As a seasoned business executive, I have a successful track record of bringing people together to achieve common objectives and building infrastructures to support those efforts. In addition, with over 30 years of sales experience at the highest levels, I know how to reach out to business leaders in our community and build the trust necessary to secure their financial support.”
Doug Little was recently re-elected Chairman of the LD23 Republican Committee, and with good reason. Republicans inside and outside LD23 credit the district's recent success largely to Doug's inclusive, results-oriented leadership style. In the short time after reorganization, he turned a district with deep divisions into an effective volunteer organization. Working closely with his Executive Board, Doug established one of Arizona's five nationally recognized Victory Offices. Republicans of all persuasions worked together on a comprehensive GOTV operation in LD23 -- and they delivered a Republican sweep.
As Secretary of LD8 prior, Doug was a hands-on leader who played a key role in most of LD8's successes. An active PC and State Committeeman from the start, he knows what it's like to walk neighborhoods, work phone banks, and stuff envelopes.
A graduate of Appalachian State University's esteemed General Honors program with a BA degree in Political Science and History. His university experiences gave him insight that would pay off years later in making complex legislative issues easily understandable to voters.
Doug Little has lived in Arizona since 1998. He and his wife, Linda, reside in Scottsdale with their daughter, Micaela. They are members of Highlands Church and are actively engaged in the local community. Both rolling up their sleeves to work and leveraging personal networks to raise tens of thousands of dollars, they have personally supported charitable organizations including Catholic Charities, the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, the American Diabetes Association, the Chrysalis Center of Phoenix, the Workshop for Youth and Families, Ben and Matt's Million Can Campaign, and the Valley of the Sun United Way.
At the culmination of his 34-year career in the Enterprise Computer Software field, Doug Little was Vice President of North America Sales for Micro Focus International PLC. In 2008, UK based Micro Focus had revenues of over $228 million dollars, with the majority of that revenue originating in North America. Under Doug's guidance, Micro Focus achieved record revenue and profitability, logging over 30% annual growth during a non-growth market.
With broad experience selling to Fortune 100 businesses, Doug was personally responsible for the negotiation of multiple seven-figure license deals with firms including State Farm Insurance, Walmart, CVS Pharmacies and Verizon. It's no wonder he was twice named Exceptional Manager of the Year at Micro Focus.
Doug's retirement from Micro Focus marked the high point of a successful career including significant sales and sales management roles at Oracle Corporation, Borland Corporation, Object Design and Verity Corporation. He received multiple awards for his achievements including recognition in multiple Presidents’ Clubs and an award as VAR Manager of the Year at Oracle.
During his software career, Doug Little assisted in the foundation and profitable management of several start-ups including a successful stint as Director of Western Operations for Interbase Software, Southwest Regional Director for Verity Corporation and Western Regional Manager for Project Software & Development.
In 2003, he founded his own small business, Armed Personal Defense, one of the premier firearms training organizations in the Phoenix Metro area. Doug's mission was to address the need for quality Arizona Concealed Weapons permit training and to offer the highest quality handgun, rifle and self-defense training for firearms owners in Arizona. He saw the company through tough economic conditions and legislative changes that threatened the entire industry. By 2008, he had grown the company so significantly that he was able to retire from the software industry and pursue the business full time.
Doug Little has been acclaimed as a highly effective trainer who can teach complex intellectual concepts and complex physical skills with equal facility. As an NRA Training Counselor, Doug trains law enforcement officers as well as civilian students, and certifies new instructors for the National Rifle Association. He shares his expertise in pistol and rifle marksmanship as well as his broad tactical experience in both platforms -- both in person at Armed Personal Defense and on multiple nationally known Web sites as a five-year expert firearms author, Gun Rights Examiner, and principal Web site author.
For relaxation, Doug enjoys spending quality time with his three Siberian Huskies, trail riding on one of his three horses and hiking Pinnacle Peak as a volunteer ranger for the City of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Department.