Dunn made a rather dramatic career shift rather than uproot his family from Wichita.
A Houston native, Dunn earned a degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M and spent 15 years in the chemical industry managing facilities for Clean Harbors Environmental.
That company transferred him to Wichita in 1997. When he was asked to move again in 2002, “I said, ‘Thanks, but no thanks. I think we’ll stay here.’ By that time, our family had really put down roots in Wichita.”
Looking for a career where he could use his math skills and have more interaction with people, he landed a job with Smith Barney, which has since merged with Morgan Stanley.
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“It was a pretty steep learning curve, of course, doing something completely different from what I had been doing. But I had always been interested in markets and investing on the personal side.”
In December, he moved to a job with Intrust, where his son, Ryan, 20, was working as a teller.
“It’s usually a dad wants to find a good job for his kids. This is a situation where my kid found a good job for me. When I saw how they treated Ryan, that just solidified my opinion of them.”
As a portfolio manager and analyst in the wealth division, Dunn works with individuals and businesses, helping them meet investment goals and “pass on their legacy.”
He said meeting with clients “is still one of my favorite parts of the job.”
Dunn and his wife, Linda, have two other children, Lauren, 23, and Josiah, 6.
“I laugh and tell people I’m in planning, because you can tell with my kids, I’m all about the planning.”
He’s also a pastor and elder in Covenant Family Baptist Church, a small church he helped start and which will celebrate its fifth anniversary this Easter.