Positive Energy gets Positive Results
Stephen Dunne, founder of Dunne Group, usually sees the bright side of things and lots and lots of opportunities. Is there such a thing as too many opportunities?
At the age of thirteen while cutting neighborhood lawns, Steve suffered an incurable bite from the self - employment bug. He learned that he liked business and that he was good with customers. He went on to earn a Bachelor in Business Administration at UPEI, a post graduate certification in consulting and has been working for himself for the past two decades.
“I have always been interested in how to generate revenue and get a good return on an investment” Steve recalls. “I believe there are many great opportunities and now is a great time to be in business and based in Canada.”
Steve was hired upon his university graduation as a management consultant for a well-respected and successful Island entrepreneur. He absorbed all the knowledge and lessons he could before he started Dunne Group in 1996.
Dunne Group believes in giving back. Over the past five years, through partnerships with the convenience industry, Steve has assisted the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada in raising over $500,000. As a volunteer and sponsorship Chair for their annual “Yuletide Gala”, raising over $1 million for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.
Dunne Group specializes in business consulting and travel media advertising.
Two years after starting his first business, Steve began investing in other interests—specifically, real estate developments.
“I first partnered with a group to build a small retail strip mall. That first commercial investment gave me a taste for real estate. The investment was successful and was recently sold after 16 years of ownership (dunneproperties.ca).
Steve also partnered with one of his early consulting clients, Kevin Murphy, to purchase the historic buildings in downtown Charlottetown that are currently home to the Gahan House and Sims Corner.
Steve’s business and real estate interests are still growing. Over the past twenty years they have included an event management business, a publishing company, shares in an international restaurant franchise, multiple real estate developments and a property management company.
Staff and contractors of Dunne Group accepting the 2014 Tourism Industry Association of PEI, Walt Wheeler Media Award for Welcome PEI
WelcomePEI.com is one of Steve’s most recent business endeavors. The website and accompanying social media have quickly become among the most engaging travel media in Atlantic Canada. WelcomePEI.com was the recipient of the TIAPEI Walt Wheeler Media Award in 2014.
Today, Steve’s clients are spread all over Canada and include some in other countries. He enjoys spending time on-the-road in other markets and learning what provides a good return in those markets.
Steve and Joanne were married in 1990. Joanne Dunne, CPA, is an equal partner in all the business operations. Joanne's in-depth financial expertise and business acumen keep the enterprises on sound financial footing. Joanne and Steve are very proud of their son and daughter and their varied accomplishments. The Dunne family enjoys travelling and have explored a lot of Canada, the USA, as well as England, France and Italy. Steve spends his non-work time running, cycling, golfing and volunteering for causes close to his heart and important to the community, such as Habitat for Humanity and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation.
Steve is a believer in lifelong learning. He recently participated, for four years, in the Strategic Coach professional entrepreneurship development program in Chicago and continues with annual short courses. He reads book after book produced by today’s business leaders. He firmly believes in the quote “Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching.”
“To have been afforded the opportunity to build businesses and raise a family in the most beautiful province in the greatest country in the world … how could I not wake up with a smile every day? Yes, the glass is always half-full, and I couldn’t imagine looking at life any other way.”