Dunn humbled to receive Legacy Award

Jason Kerr
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Frank Dunn was more than just honoured when he heard he was the 2015 Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award recipient.

Frank Dunn (pictured) said he was humbled to receive the 2015 Chamber of Commerce Legacy Award.  Dunn became a partner in his father’s Toyota dealership in 1979, and officially took over in 1981.

He was also humbled.

The longtime owner of Frank Dunn Toyota in Prince Albert was officially unveiled as the award recipient on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, Dunn said he was thankful for the award, but joked that he didn’t really deserve it.

“They must have had a hard time this year finding someone,” he chuckled.  “I looked at the list (of past winners) and thought, I don’t see any reason for my name to be on this list.”

Dunn has been in business in Prince Albert since the late ‘70s, when he officially became a partner at his father’s dealership.  He officially took over in 1981, and has been a part of the local business scene ever since.

The car business has its ups and downs, but Dunn said he’s always loved working in Prince Albert, regardless of the economic outlook.

“I think sometimes in smaller communities you’ll find people are more genuine,” he explained.  “It’s tough for me to not come to work, just because of the people who work here with me, and it’s tough to stay away from my customers because they’re all good people.”

Dunn said the atmosphere of welcome and generosity is something he appreciates about the community, and that’s important because the car business isn’t always as pleasant.

He said there is no sure thing in the car market, but despite the uncertainly, it’s a business he still loves.

“The car business is very dynamic.  It’s always changing.  There is no guarantee you’re going to make a nickel, but the opportunity is unlimited.  Of course, I love the Toyota franchise, and it has grown.”

Dunn said there have been a few downturns in the market, and there were times when high interest rates made it extremely difficult to sell cars.  There were a few times when he thought about finding something else, but he’s stood the test of time, and he’s never regretted the decision.

“I can’t say that I haven’t ever wanted to get out of the business,” Dunn said.  “I think everyone finds, when they’re independently employed, the need for something more secure.  But, if you hang in there long enough, security comes.”

As for the future, Dunn said he’s confident that both Prince Albert and the car business have a good one.

“I think there’s a different era coming upon (Prince Albert).  We’ve kind of been a jewel of the north that has been tucked away.  I see our doors opening more than anything.”

@kerr_jas • jason.kerr@paherald.sk.ca

Organizations: Prince Albert, Toyota

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