After years of riding their Harley Electra Glide, Paul and Debbie Douglas decided to try an adventure bike and purchased a 990 Dakar KTM in 2011. They loved riding the back roads and trails of the western US and national parks. They tried to wing lodging on a few trips and were often faced with many “NO VACANCY” signs and/or high-priced motel rooms. Paul thought it would be great if they could connect local riders for places to stay. Anything from a backyard to pitch a tent, an unused camper, or a spare bedroom would be sufficient.
On a recent trip, 600 miles from home, Paul and Debbie experienced a breakdown. With no parts to be found, they had to rent a truck to get back home. They thought what if another rider could have provided shop space, tools, and parts to get them down the road? Paul knew there had to be another KTM 990 rider in the near vicinity. Months later he learned that there were in fact three people with KTM 990s in the same town they broke down! Most riders have a buddy who knows a buddy who can help another rider traveling through town.
From these experiences the idea for BikerBuddy was spurred into reality!
Paul Douglas – When Paul is not working as a blasting supervisor at Black Thunder Basin Arch Coal in northeastern Wyoming, he is either working on or riding his motorcycles anywhere from Wyoming to South Africa. Paul, along with his wife, Debbie Douglas, brought their dream to life when they started the Inyan Kara Enduro. They operated this Enduro for 21 years as part of the Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit (RMEC). During this time, it was one of the most popular and well-attended events of the RMEC. When Paul and Debbie operated the Inyan Kara Enduro, it was voted Enduro of the Year in the RMEC for 10 years and chosen to host one of the ten National Enduro Series events for five years by the American Motorcycle Association. Starting the Inyan Kara Enduro gave Paul the opportunity to work with the US Forest Service. As the promoter of the Inyan Kara Enduro, he was well recognized in the motorcycle community both locally and nationally. He represented Wyoming on the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council for five years, working with the US Forest Service on a national level. After many years of attending the National KTM Rally in the Rocky Mountain area, he decided in 2016 to help KTM promote the event in the Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota. He assisted KTM on selecting motorcycle routes and with KTM pro riders helped guide riders along the motorcycle trails. He continues to ride at KTM annual events and loves adventure riding and discovering new routes.
Debbie Douglas – For over 38 years, Debbie has owned and operated the family business, Arrow Service (a Wyoming Corporation). She has supported her home city of Upton, WY for over 30 years by being involved in multiple local organizations and businesses. Debbie serves on the Upton Chamber of Commerce Board and was a Charter Member of the Upton Jaycees. She helped write a grant for a Main Street improvement project; and while working with the Weston County Tourism Board for over 10 years, funded historical markers, and storyboards for local points of interest. Her proudest accomplishment occurred when she worked with the Wyoming Department of Tourism to designate an area of northeastern Wyoming as a Scenic By-Way. She loves adventure riding with Paul Douglas, her husband.
Ginger Douglas, MBA – Ginger has fifteen years experience in the private and public healthcare field. Her experience includes business office operations, financial administration and analysis, practice mergers and acquisitions, human resource management and staff recruitment, and practice technology infrastructure. She is a limited partner in a private venture capital fund in Austin, TX and assists in vetting healthcare companies for the fund. She holds a Texas Real Estate license and invests in both residential and commercial real estate. Ginger received her Bachelor of Science from University of Wyoming and holds a Master of Business from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.
Brannon Frank, MD – Dr. Frank has experience in the development of ambulatory surgery center (ASC) start-ups and ASC transactions involving third party acquisition. His ASC experience includes the syndication of new ASCs and re-syndication of existing ASCs. He also is involved with medical office real estate acquisition and development. Dr. Frank is Board certified in Interventional Pain Management through the American Board of Anesthesiology. He received his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M and his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, TX. Dr. Frank trained at the prestigious Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Frank served as the Medical Director for Austin Pain Associates from 2011 – 2016 and for Stonegate Surgery Center from 2010 through 2011. Dr. Frank is honored that Austin Monthly magazine named him as one of the “Top Doctors 2013” for Pain Medicine in the Austin area. In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Frank enjoys being involved in business transactions and developing and managing new ancillary services for pain management practices.