2011 South Dakota Sales and Marketing Executive of the Year™
Donald A. Dunham Jr.
Donald A. Dunham, Jr., is the founder, owner/broker, Chairman of the Board and CEO of The Dunham Company, a diversified real estate company, founded in 1977. The Dunham Company operates as Dunham Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Dunham Real Estate Development, Dunham Property Management, and Dunham Consulting and Construction Services and currently has 18 employees. The Dunham Company, through Dunham Consulting and Construction Services (DCCS) which was formed in 1982, has supervised and managed over $100,000,000 in construction projects over the past 30 years.
Mr. Dunham has been involved in numerous real estate partnerships, has been involved in the real estate business since 1974, and is now primarily involved in commercial construction, syndications, property management, and land development projects. Mr. Dunham is a partner in various real estate joint ventures and is currently an owner-manager of the following land developments: Granite Valley, Diamond Valley, and Platinum Valley (totaling approximately 800 acres) in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Dakota Prairie (110 acres) in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota; Country Club Estates (207 acres) in Elk Point, South Dakota; Fox Run (35 acres) in Yankton, South Dakota; 30 acres of land in Vermillion, South Dakota; River Valley (140 acres) in North Sioux City, SD; and Crystal Valley (160 acres) in Watertown, South Dakota.
Mr. Dunham is a Past President of Main Street Sioux Falls, past Chairman of the South Dakota Division of the American Cancer Society, past Chairman of Sales & Marketing Executives International, and a past Chairman of the Sioux Empire United Way 1994 Fund Drive. Mr. Dunham has received his CCIM designation and is a past member of Coldwell Banker’s National Advisory Council. In 1998, Mr. Dunham successfully chaired the Falls Park Sound & Light Show fundraising drive and was the Chairman of the Convention Center Hotel Committee from 1996-1997 and has served as a Chairperson for the Phillips to the Falls and East Bank Renovation Committee. Mr. Dunham has served as State Director of the South Dakota Association of Realtors and was President of the Sioux Falls Board of Realtors in 1980.
Mr. Dunham, as an individual, has acted as a General Partner in many limited partnerships, some of those being Community Health Center Limited Partnership; Homestead Trails Limited Partnership; Hospitality Apartments Limited Partnership; Kingsport Village Limited Partnership; Northern Heights Development Limited Partnerships; Vista Park Limited Partnership and several limited partnerships which own Granite City restaurants.
Additionally, Mr. Dunham owns a home building company named Dunham Homes, LLC. This entity was originally formed in 1984 as Silver Creek Development Company but was began operating as Dunham Homes, LLC in 1999. Property currently under construction and owned by Dunham Homes is located in Granite Valley, Diamond Valley and Platinum Valley in Sioux Falls, SD; Dakota Prairie in Dakota Dunes, SD; Country Club Estates in Elk Point, SD; Wynstone in Jefferson, SD; and Woodbury Heights in Sioux City, IA.
In addition to the above, Mr. Dunham has developed and syndicated numerous properties to include land developments, hotels, apartment complexes; condominiums; office buildings; retail centers; rent-to-own housing developments; two sow farrowing units and two dairies.
In 2002, Mr. Dunham entered into a Development Contract with Granite City Food & Brewery, LTD to develop up to 22 restaurants. This agreement has been fulfilled. Upon completion of construction, these restaurants were syndicated and sold to new limited partnerships. Mr. Dunham is the Managing Member of Dunham Equity Management, LLC which serves as the General Partner of these limited partnerships.
Mr. Dunham is married and he has three sons, Don Dunham, III, Jim Dunham, and Chris Dunham whom are all active in the real estate business.