Doug Meyer-Cuno

CEO of Empowered Leadership

Doug founded Carolina Ingredients, a national recognized and award-winning industrial seasoning manufacturer and distributor based in Rock Hill, SC. Under his leadership, Doug led the company’s growth into several industrial food markets becoming one of the premier privately owned seasoning manufactures. Carolina Ingredients became the first LEED Sustainable seasoning plant in the country and the first photovoltaic system in York County. Today, Carolina Ingredients is still considered to have one of the largest photovoltaic systems in the York County. Solar energy supplies alternative fuel for the production plant as well as hot water for the office complex.

In 2011, Carolina Ingredients became a finalist for South Carolina’s Small Business of the Year Award.

In March of 2019, the global conglomerate, Mitsubishi, completed their acquisition of Carolina Ingredients as a strategic platform for their expansion into the North American market. Carolina Ingredients became the first privately company to be purchased by the Japanese conglomerate.

Doug has also founded Compaction International, DMC Enterprises LLC, and Merisal LLC.

Recently, Doug created Empowered Leadership which helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and CEO’s scale their companies by empowering their teams, allowing them to work ON their company rather than In them.

Respected Community Leader

Doug has a distinguished history of community service:

  • Chairman of York County Economic Development Board
  • South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development
  • Member of Clover/Lake Wylie YMCA Board
  • Chairman of Gaston Day School Board
  • Founding Father of Gaston Day School Hall of Fame
  • Member of Yadkin Bank’s Community Advisory Board
  • Member of the Snack Food Association’s Executive Leadership Forum Committee
  • Chairman of Lake Wylie Community Church

Personal

Doug is married to Dr. Margaret Edwards Meyer-Cuno. Together they have four wonderful adult children. Doug and Margaret are active in their church and community. They reside on Lake Wylie and enjoy boating, good food, and watching sunsets with a glass of wine. Committed to a physically fit and healthy lifestyle, Doug exercises five days a week.

Education

He graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC BA.

Harvard Business School OPM Program 33, 2004

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The Recipe For Empowered Leadership: 25 Ingredients For Creating Value & Empowering Others

Publication Date: February 9, 2021

In his late twenties, Doug Meyer-Cuno decided to abandon his budding corporate career to found his own company.

He would go on to grow Carolina Ingredients from a one-person operation into a multimillion-dollar manufacturing company with an international customer base, eventually selling the company to Mitsubishi. The pages within detail and examine the recipe Doug used for his own success to help others find their own, categorized into five main principles: Vision, Core Culture Values, Authenticity, Transparency, and Gratitude.

The Recipe for Empowered Leadership: 25 Ingredients for Creating Value and Empowering Others recounts the lessons Doug learned along that journey, from facing down his micromanager tendencies to embracing servant leadership as a coach and mentor to his team. Brimming with easy-to-read leadership strategies and the life-changing “defining moments” that developed them, Doug reveals the value that a strong, yet grateful leader adds to any organization and how to incorporate those principles into your own leadership practice and life.

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