Born: Gary, Ind.
Education: Bachelor’s of science degrees, accounting and business administration, University of Dubuque. He also holds several industry degrees, including chartered financial consultant and chartered life underwriter.
What was your first job?
Working at a basketball camp during the summer while in high school and college.
Fun fact: Dunn played basketball during high school and earned a scholarship to the University of Dubuque, where he played basketball for four years. He then played basketball in Europe for four years.
What types of lessons did you learn from playing basketball that you’ve used in the business world?
Competitiveness. Discipline. The discipline of practice before you play, being prepared and knowing what you have to do. The understanding of what a team takes and what competencies are necessary to be successful. And everybody on the team doesn’t necessarily have to have the same competencies, in fact, they’re better when they don’t, when they complement each other rather than compete with each other.
You never give up, you just don’t. You have to value diversity. Sports have given me the opportunity to be exposed to people and situations that have taught me to appreciate diversity in a way that has helped me immensely in my business, whether it’s intellectual, racial or gender, just all types of diversity.
The self-confidence it brings, the belief in yourself, understanding what you can and can’t do, and understanding hard work, work ethic, the value of practice, and the exposure you get is a great training ground for business. I use almost all of it every day, even down to visualization and meditation. As an athlete, you have to visualize your game, and as an executive, I visualize our goals and meditate on what needs to occur.