Instituto Abel de Niteroi (La Salle)

1979 – Pontificia Universidade Catolica (PUC) Rio de Janeiro, where he studied business administration.

1996 – 1998 studied law for two years at UNIVERSO Niteroi,

1981 – 1983 studied two years of Economics at Universidade Candido Mendes in Rio de Janeiro

He specialized in marketing at Fundacao Getulio Vargas, where he also studied Product Manager.

He also studied at Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing in Rio de Janeiro where he specialized in communication and sales.

He also studied smaller course at SEBRAE (Small Business Administration) and at Camera de Logista de Niteroi (Niteroi Chamber of Commerce), specializing in techniques in leadership and retail.

He has participated in leadership seminars, marketing seminars and communication seminars that have been conducted in Brazil and in the United States. Recently he has been specializing in Internet Marketing and the use of the Internet as the future media.

Member of Rotary International since 1989 he has been club secretary many times and has also been district secretary, assistant district governor, charter member of Cento de Estudos Rotarios – CER ( Rotary Institute Leadership) and president for 3 terms. And he has also chartered a new club.

He has received the following awards:

  • Youth Entrepreneur of the Year 1986 – awarded from the Niteroi Chamber of Commerce
  • Friend of the city of Niteroi  – awarded by the City Council in 1992
  • Friend of the Military Police from Rio de Janeiro for works he did with this organization in 1995
  • Proclamation of Douglas Heizer Day by the mayor and commissioners of Boca Raton, for services he has done for the charitable organizations of the city -February 2009

He helps as a volunteer at the following organizations:

  • Boca Helping Hands – supports and organizes the Christmas toy drive since 2006
  • Wayne Barton Boosters – Supports general programs
  • Joni & Friends- Brazil Outreach and Wheelchair drive
  • Boy Scout of America – Supports troop 337
  • Southern Baptist Convention – Disaster Relief
  • Boca Glades Baptist Church – Coaches Basketball and Indoor Soccer for kids, and also work with Missions with Brazil
  • Gift of Life – Brazil Outreach
  • Reencontro Social Works.

He has been an Entrepreneur for almost 30 years, founded and controlled business such as retail and wholesale of auto parts, fashion, advertising, import and export, maintenance and commercial cleaning services, tour and travel services, software, media, e-commerce and internet hosting.

Founded the Heizer Corporation, a company that does not only control and manage his shares in his different business but also works with consulting.

Of all the things Douglas does, he is especially devoted into helping people. He love to help others and his worry for that person’s well being and success of others and specially their religious life are what makes Douglas make friends with ease and that is one of his greatest patrimony. And this patrimony has been spread out to all five continents in which Douglas has had business, or traveled. He strengthens his friendships with this simple saying “Better to lose business than a friend”. He also practices a military honor code “Never leave a companion in the battlefield” This means that he would never abandon a friend when the rubber meets the road.

Business and Professional Organizations:

Niteroi Chamber of Commerce – Board of Director 1985/1986

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the State of Rio de Janeiro – Director 1989/1992

Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the State of Rio de Janeiro – Director 1992/1995

Union of Retail Owners – Secretary 1992 – 1995

Brazilian-American Alliance for Business Development – Co-Chairman

Social and Civic Organizations:

Reencontro Obras Sociais – Director of Public Relations and Member of the Board of Director -1992/2001

CBMC – Christian Business Man Brazil – Board of Director – 1994 / 1998

CBMC- Christian Business Man of Rio de Janeiro – President – 1192/1994

Reencontro Obras Socias – Council Member 2001/2005

Nilson Fanini Evangelism Association – Council Member 2009/2013

West Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce – Board of Director 2010/2014

Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce – Member

Brazilian Consulate in Miami Chairma of the Itinerant Consulate in Boca Raton, Fl

Business and Professional Career

  • Actual Business

Heizer Corporation – Holding of a group of Companies – President and co-Founder

ACM Building Services – Commercial Cleaning Company

Emporium Heizer – e-commerce

Your Web Easy- Heizer Web – Internet Hosting

The Boca Raton Tribune – Community Newspaper serving Boca Raton, Delray, Highland Beach, Fl – Founder and Publisher

Coral Springs Tribune- Community Newspaper serving Coral Springs, Parkland, Margate and Coconut Creek, Fl – Founder and Publisher

Delary Beach Tribune- Community Newspaper serving Delray BEach, Fl – Founder and Publisher

Heizer & Son – Brazil – Real Estate and Parking in Rio de Janeiro and Niterói – Council Member


  • Previous Business

Heizer Group – 1979 to 1992  -Auto Parts and Tires Store Chain – Vice President

Mancebo Heizer Inc – 1986 to 1995 – Youth Fashion Manufacture and retail stores – Co Founder and member of Board of Director

InterCountry Trade –  1985 to 1990 – Importer and Exporter – Co-Founder and member of Board of Director

Forbat Inc. – Battery Wholesale – 1991 to 1998 – Founder and CEO

Atlantica Tour and Travel –  Tour Operator – 1985 to 2002  – Co-Owner – President between 1995 to 2000

Rotary Accomplishment and Offices

District 4750

Polio Immunization Coordinator in Niteroi – 1990/1991/1992

Club Secretary 1991/1992 ; 1992/1993

Speaker and/or Instructor at PETS District 4750 – 1993/1994 ; 1994/1995, 1996/1997

Assistant District Governor 4750 – 1993/1994 – Gov Flavio de Mattos

District Secretary 4750 – 1994/1995 – Gov Jose Franca Conti

Founder of RYLA at District 4750 1994/1995

Charter Member and Trainee of CER (Rotary Center of Study)- 1997 District 4750


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Club Secretary 2003/2004; 2004/2005 ;

Club Executive Secretary 2005/2006 ; 2006/2007

Club President Boca Raton Sunset 2007/2008

District Extension Chair 2008/2009 – Chartered Boca Raton West

Charter President Boca Raton West 2008/2009

President Boca Raton West 2009/2010

President Boca Raton West 2010/2010