Douglas L. Rieder, CRIS is Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Sterling Seacrest Pritchard. Doug has over 30 years of experience in providing risk management, surety, and commercial/professional insurance solutions for construction and real estate clients.

He has been a leader in  the Construction Services Practice since co-founding the firm and provides risk management, surety and insurance solutions to hundreds of commercial contractors including many national firms. Prior to entering the agency business Doug held several senior surety underwriting and management positions with companies including The Home Insurance Company and the Reliance Surety Company.

Doug received a Master of Science degree in Finance from Georgia State University in 1991 and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1986.  Doug also received his Construction Risk and Insurance Specialist (CRIS®) designation in 2014. CRIS is a specialized curriculum focusing on the insurance and risk management needs of construction projects and contractors. Those who complete the program certify their knowledge of construction insurance and risk management and dedication to the industry.

As a thought leader in the industry Doug has authored a number of articles on insurance and surety topics and has been an active guest lecturer on such topics for the Associated Builders and Contractors, the Associated General Contractors, the Construction section of the Atlanta Bar Association, the American Subcontractors Association and Southern Polytechnic University. Through these associations he has also served on the board of the Georgia chapter of ABC and on various committees. 

Doug is a member of Liberty Mutual’s national Surety Producer Advisory Board. He also recently helped organize and will serve as a board member of Craft Bank. Craft is a high touch and technologically advanced Buckhead-based business bank and is the third bank with whom Doug has been associated. Doug serves on the board of a 70-year-old employee-owned general contracting firm as well and has also been invited to serve as an expert witness and consultant on several surety cases.