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“We’re not litigious,” adds Deidre. “If something doesn’t go right, we just go fix it. Culturally, that’s just the way we do things. Having a relationship with a strong supplier that feels the same way is integral to our being able to operate that way.”

For Dunkin & Bush, it’s all part of the formula that adds up to a 65-year history, and the foundation for a long-term future as well. 

Deidre Dunkin Ready for New Role

Few industries are as male-oriented as industrial painting. But Deidre Dunkin, the incoming president and future majority owner of Dunkin & Bush, Inc., says gender won’t be an issue as she assumes the top leadership position at one of the nation’s largest contractors. Tom Dunkin, the outgoing CEO, will
assume a part-time consultant role and transfer majority ownership of the company to his daughter at the beginning of 2008

“I don’t foresee any gender-based challenges,” says Deidre, who had worked in various roles at the company while a student, but temporarily cut her ties to the firm and spent five years in public accounting upon graduation from college. She rejoined Dunkin & Bush in 2000 as chief financial officer before becoming its president and second-in-command in 2005.“I couldn’t be here if I wasn’t
qualified to be here.”

Deidre Dunkin acknowledges that the company could, in fact, benefit from her majority ownership position since potential customers can achieve diversity outreach standards by doing business with a woman-owned company.

“But if we have an edge it will be largely because of the reputation my father
has built for us. We’ll do business and foster our company culture the same way
we always have.”

The company will continue to highly value its customer relationships, although the dynamics of those relationships may evolve, Deidre Dunkin says.

“I’ll relate to people differently, but I’ll relate. There will probably be a little less huntin’ and fishin’ and shootin’ with customers, though,” she adds with a smile, nodding to her father’s passion for outdoor sports. “I’ll save that role for my father."


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