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SMU Dedman College alum looks to bring winds of change to Carolina Hurricanes

Dallas Morning News

Originally Posted: January 27, 2018

Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon, who may just be the busiest man in sports business, has “a way I like to see things done.”

That applied when he became the biggest investor in “a small family fun center” with a driving range called Topgolf. Dundon helped turn today’s Topgolf into a millennial magnet with an estimated 13 million guest visits across 40 venues in 2017.

And it applied with his first job after graduating with an economics degree from Southern Methodist University. With a buddy, he launched a Fort Worth burger joint, but he knew “almost instantly once it opened that that was a bad idea.”

The two business extremes help illustrate the modus operandi of the new majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes NHL team, a south-of-stellar franchise with a post-season drought stretching back to 2009. READ MORE