The Escondido Rotary Club is proud to announce the honorees for the 2014 Coeur de Cuisine: Bruce and Anita Dunn
Anita Dunn was born and raised in Michigan where she worked as a legal secretary until moving to Escondido in June of 1989 where she took a job working for the legal firm of White and Bright. It was there that she met Bruce and they married in 1992. Anita is the Mother to sons Reed, Chris, Brett and Marley and daughter Brianne and Grandmother to granddaughter Sloane who is three years old.
Anita has served on PTA and PTF boards for Juniper Elementary, L.R. Green Elementary, San Pasqual High School, Escondido Christian School and the PTF Steering Committee for Escondido Christian School. Her work at these schools included numerous fund raising committee programs for the various entities. She has worked on the fundraising committees for the Serenity House and served on their Board. She spent several years on the parents committee for the Christian Youth Theater and served on the Board of Directors of CYT for three years. Anita has also worked on the Board of St. Claire’s.
Anita has worked for the Boys and Girls Club since 1995 when she joined the committee that put on the Escondido tradition of Christmas Tree Lane. She chaired that event in 1999, 2005, and in 2011 organized one of the Club’s most financially successful CTL events in recent years. Anita has contributed hundreds of hours to the Club in a variety of “behind the scenes” activities. Anita has used her designing talents to assist numerous charity events including the work of building the live auction Christmas tree for the very successful inaugural 2014 Evening of Changing Lives event for the Club.
Anita has opened her home and entertainment center for various activities including fund raising fashion shows for San Pasqual High School. Most importantly, Anita supports her husband and her husband’s commitment to the community while taking on the full time job of running and organizing the family.
Bruce Dunn was born in Palo Alto, California. He grew up in a military family as his father was a Colonel in the Air Force. He went to school in Ohio, Japan, and California before going to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Bruce graduated in 1971 with a BS in business with an aeronautical engineering emphasis and graduated from the Harvard School of Business OPM program in 1992.
Immediately out of college Bruce left San Luis Obispo and began a business in Valley Center building hydroponic greenhouses and growing tomatoes. He organized the other County growers into a marketing program selling tomatoes under the brand name “Big Shot” to the major store chains. In 1973 he completed the construction of 5 acres of greenhouses and had one of the state’s largest hydroponic operations growing tomatoes and cucumbers. In 1975 Bruce became involved with one of Escondido’s original businesses, Webb Pump and Supply, the owners of Mission Pools. After selling the greenhouse operations, Bruce began what has become a lifetime career building swimming pools with his partner and brother Jeff. They bought the company in 1978 and developed it into one of the industry’s leading firms having been named as one of the top 50 swimming pool companies in the United States year after year while winning hundreds of design and construction awards. Mission Pools has built over 15,000 pool projects over the years and employees 135 people. They have offices in Temecula and Lake Forest with the home base in Escondido since 1960.
Over the years Bruce became involved in banking, serving on the Board of Directors for North County Bancorp, Community National Bancorp and Mission Oaks National Bancorp. Bruce has served on the Board of Directors for almost thirty years with Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego and with good friend Mark Baker started Kash for Kids, a program that has earned the Club over a million dollars since inception. The Club has recognized Bruce with the Keystone Award, the National Service to Youth Award and the Silver Medallion Award. The North County Philanthropy Council also awarded Bruce Volunteer of the Year for service to the Boys and Girls Club.
The Escondido City Council recognized Bruce for outstanding contributions to the City in business. Bruce was also awarded the 2010 Distinguished Scout Award for contributions to his community.
Bruce provides expert witness work in the construction field for the State Contractors Board and holds a number of contractor licenses. He is past Chairman and Director of the International Master Pools Guild, past Director of the State’s Swimming Pool Educational Council, and current Director of the National Swimming Pool Foundation, the industry’s organization that provides research grants to individuals and organizations that study and promote healthy swimming pool uses for the public.
Bruce is a Paul Harris Fellow and has been recognized by the Club with several awards including the Service Above Self award. Bruce has been a member of Rotary for 34 years and supported numerous Rotary programs personally and through Mission Pools.
We are proud to salute Anita and Bruce Dunn as the Coeur de Cuisine honorees for 2015!