Tom Dundon is the chief executive officer, owner and governor of the Carolina Hurricanes. Dundon is also the Chairman and Managing Partner of Dundon Capital Partners, a Dallas-based private investment firm. His investment activities have spanned the entertainment, healthcare, real estate and hospitality, technology, automotive and financial services sectors.
Dundon acquired a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes on Jan. 12, 2018, and in his first full season as owner, helped guide the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Carolina has reached the postseason in each of Dundon’s four seasons as owner (2018-22).
Born in New York and raised in Dallas, Dundon attended Southern Methodist University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1993 and served as president of Phi Gamma Delta. Then, with a number of partners, he cofounded a business focused primarily on automobile financing, which over the next 10 years and through a series of transactions, became Santander Consumer USA (“SCUSA”), a large U.S. consumer finance company majority held by Banco Santander. Dundon served in various capacities for the company, and ultimately became chairman and chief executive officer.
In the summer of 2015, Dundon stepped aside as CEO of Dallas-based SCUSA to focus on his entrepreneurial investments via Dundon Capital Partners. Dundon and the firm actively pursue investments across industries. He is the majority owner of Employer Direct, a growth-stage healthcare services company, and was a large investor and director of Topgolf, a premier global sports entertainment business headquartered in Dallas that incorporates technology, golf and entertainment. Dundon also serves as a director for OTO Development, a hotel development and management company headquartered in South Carolina, and for Redpoint Capital, an alternative credit manager. He has also made significant investments in real estate in Dallas and Aspen, Colo., highlighted by his 2015 purchase of 2100 Ross Avenue, a landmark 33-story office building in downtown Dallas, where Dundon Capital Partners and Employer Direct Healthcare currently operate.
Dundon is a consistent supporter of Dallas charities, with a focus on academic and sports-community focused initiatives. Of note is his support of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, which hosts the PGA’s annual AT&T Byron Nelson, one of the largest fundraisers for the Momentous Institute, a leading provider of therapeutic and education services that impacts 6,000 kids and family members each year. To help support the Salesmanship Club, Dundon funded the construction and development of Trinity Forest Golf Club, a premier, non-profit, 18-hole championship golf course and 9-hole short course that has served as the home of the Byron Nelson. Opened in 2017, Trinity Forest features a private golf facility built for Southern Methodist University’s men’s and women’s golf teams, and provides support for the First Tee of Dallas, a non-profit organization that leverages golf to develop character building amongst the youth. Dundon formed the Dundon Family Charitable Fund, which will support various qualified non-profit initiatives, with a focus on supporting academic and athletic initiatives at top universities in the U.S.