Michael Doughman

Dallas Tavern Guild Executive Director Michael Doughman released a statement today indicating that the guild’s former assistant director, David Berryman, has returned the full amount he has admitted taking from the Tavern Guild’s accounts.

Here is Doughman’s statement in full:

“We are pleased to announce that the entire amount of money taken from the Dallas Tavern Guild has been returned and we will be able to finish out the 2016 year as originally planned. We appreciate that David Berryman did the right thing and stepped up to accept his mistake and has made every effort to rectify that situation. We look forward to putting this all behind us and moving forward with a new, stronger structure for managing our finances and maintaining a better oversight to avoid the possibility of this ever occurring again.

“I also want to extend a very special thank-you to all of our partners, sponsors, members and beneficiary agencies for staying firmly in support of our mission, our transparency and our commitment to the future. Many within that group have commended us for handling the situation with forethought, calm maturity and a steady focus to come to the best resolution for all parties.

“We want to assure our community that the Dallas Tavern Guild will continue to create the best possible events and promote the best image of our organization. We thank you for your patience as we work through this and we pledge to do better in the future.”