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Urbane, witty, impeccably dressed, devastatingly handsome. So handsome, in fact, that an entire restaurant staff once mistook Denver’s own Douglas Kerbs for John F. Kennedy Jr. (Needless to say, the service he received was five-star.)

One might assume Douglas is the scion of a blue-blooded East Coast family with pedigrees dating to the Mayflower.

But his roots are quite the opposite. Douglas is a rural boy who grew up working on his parents’ farm in Fort Collins. Some of his fondest childhood memories are of his grandparents, also farmers in Northern Colorado. Which probably explains Douglas’ inherent groundedness, charm and work ethic.

Douglas has the energy of two or three people put together. He rises every morning at 5 to fit in a workout before he starts his day as director of Tiffany & Co., legendary purveyor of pearls and diamonds, where he oversees 35 employees.

Douglas is also very active in the philanthropic community. Most recently, he worked with the Denver Art Museum on the inaugural Louis Comfort Tiffany Design Lecture Series and Spring Gala Luncheon. Featured honorary guest speaker was the Countess of Rosebury from Edinburgh, Scotland. He is also involved with Children’s Hospital charities and Warren Village.

Philanthropic interests: Cindy has volunteered for four years with The Adoption Exchange

Favorite clothing stores:  Boyd’s in Philadelphia and Bergdorf Goodman in New York City and Versace on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

What gives a man style?: If a person has class, style will follow.

Interests:  I like to run and work out at a health club. I also enjoy charity work. Home renovation, architecture and design have always been of interest to me. I like to work on houses, sell them and move on to another one.

Favorite Denver restaurants:  The Palm, Restaurant Kevin Taylor and My Brother’s Bar.

Favorite book:  One of my all time favorites is “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. It’s hard to find time to read books, but I enjoy reading “The Denver Post/Rocky Mountain News” and “The Denver Business Journal.”

Saturdays are likely to find him:  Relaxing

Favorite Quote:  "To be loved is to love with your entire heart."

What three things do you always have in your refrigerator?  Spanish green olives, Pelligrino water and Veveu Cliquot champagne

What's your favorite comfort food? Junk food?  My favorite comfort food is turkey meatloaf, and Godiva Chocolate is so hard to resist.

What was your most memorable meal?  I was on vacation in the Bahamas with a group of friends and the waitstaff mistook me for John F. Kennedy, Jr., and we were treated like royalty.

What food can't you live without?  Sushi and chocolate chip ice cream from Marble Slab or Godiva

Where do you go in your home to feel completely relaxed and just think?  I go to the shower.

If money and time were no object, what dream project would you do (to your home).  I would add a helicopter pad and a helicopter to my yard. It would be a good solution to T-REX.

What was the most unusual thing you've ever decorated your home with?  Miniature fuzzy pillows on bookshelves.

What have you lost in your home that you never found - and would love back?  I have a place for everything and have never lost something in my house.

When you move, what will your home tell its next owner about you?  It will say, "He wasn't much of a cook, but he could throw a great catered party."

What words describe you best?  Extreme, intense and committed.

What word would you like others to use to describe you?  Fun-loving

If your life were a movie, what movie would it be? Who would play your part?  It would be called "On the Go," and Cary Grant would play my part.

Who is your hero? Why?  Both of my parents are my heros. They put up with my siblings and me.

What is your pet peeve?  People who say, "It's not my job. I can't. I don't know," or "I'll try."

Where can you be found at midnight?  During the week I'll be in bed. On weekends in social settings or at a charity function.

What was your first job?  Working on my parents' farms. They had cattle, sheep and a produce farm.

What would you do if you were king of the world?  Make a law that requires mutual respect, acceptance and love of one another.

If there were one thing you would change about yourself, what would it be?  I've never been one for patience, but I'm working on it.

What is your greatest indulgence?  Home projects. I really enjoy home renovation.

Best gift you ever gave?  Anything from Tiffany & Co.

If you could have a no-holds barred shopping spree, where would you go?  I would go up and down 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

What is one thing nobody knows about you?  There are several things and they're still not going to know.

Which social event is your favorite?  The Snow Polo Classic in Aspen. Or, just an intimate evening with good friends.

If you could be something other than what you are, what would you be?  I would like to run a foundation.

What is a favorite childhood memory?  I spent time in the summers at my grandparents' dairy farm in Northern Colorado. We would wake up early and fix breakfast. Then I would follow my grandfather around the farm and later in the day watch my grandmother cook.

Who is the most interesting celebrity you ever met?  Chris O'Donnell. He is very natural and a good-natured human being.

What is your favorite item of clothing in your closet?  A Martha's Vineyard baseball cap.

What do you consider your proudest achievement?  Career-wise, it would be the marketing strategies implemented while I worked for Subaru of America, Inc

What is your greatest regret?  I don't have any regrets.

What is your personal motto?  If you regret it, don't do it. If you do it, don't regret it.

What might your epitaph read?  "He finally stopped moving."

What is the best advice your Mom/Dad ever gave you?  My parents always said, "Just be yourself."

 

Favorite Clothing Stores? Boyd’s in Philadelphia and Bergdorf Goodman in New York City and Versace on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

Favorite Restaurant? The Palm, Restaurant Kevin Taylor and My Brother’s Bar.

What gives a woman/man style? If a person has class, style will follow.

Favorite books / Writers? One of my all time favorites is “Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White. It’s hard to find time to read books, but I enjoy reading “The Denver Post/Rocky Mountain News” and “The Denver Business Journal.”