Chairman - Contempo Group of Companies
Don graduated from Grimsby Technical College. He commenced his career as a manager of a national shoe company in the UK at age 18, in the first year becoming its number one manager in terms of individual branch growth and then becoming the director of Ross Frozen Foods Vegetable Division (Peter Cocks Ltd.) at the age of 21. Don moved from Ross into the tourism field buying a franchise with Rentavilla Ltd. involved in Spain.
He then joined Cosmos Holidays/Globus directing overseas operations, including area managers and all staff working in the worldwide resorts, where Cosmos were involved. He later became responsible for the finances of specific resorts in the group including the operations for the western half of the US, encompassing hotel contracting and working closely with various airline companies. In 1977 Don purchased Contempo in Los Angles as the sole owner handling various celebrities travel arrangements (including Bob Hope) and making Contempo the number one seller of vacations with Cosmos Europe and the first to advertise and sell inclusive holiday packages to Europe. Don incorporated into Florida in 1990 where he was joined by current friend and partner Gary Leventhal.
Don was the first to create and introduce a short-term rental industry to Central Florida and is the founder president of the CFPMA (Central Florida Property Managers Association) now called the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association.
Entrepreneurial by nature, Don has continually created new concepts in the management and vacation home rental industry and together with Gary Leventhal and Ian Pardoe has increased the size of the group to become the major company in the vacation rental homes marketplace.
Don is married to Yvonne and enjoyed golf, swimming and soccer throughout his life.
Don is currently the President of Contempo Florida Holidays Ltd., Inc.