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Dexter Donham

Mr. Donham was born in Cambridge, MA & brought up in New England.  As an adult he lived for 25 years in California, both San Francisco & Los Angeles.  He returned to the Boston area in 1998, and currently resides in Dover, MA, with his wife, Joan and daughter, Katie.  He has two older sons living in San Francisco and Pittsburg, as landscape architect and graduate student, respectively.

Mr. Donham has been a lifelong sailor, both inshore and offshore, in boats big & small, on the East & West Coasts, and the Great Lakes.

He is a graduate of Harvard where he majored in English Literature and of the Harvard Business School, where he concentrated in Marketing.

Mr. Donahm was commissioned through the Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI. and served the USN on USS Mars, AFS-1, as a Damage Control Assistant in the Engineering Department, in the Western Pacific. He served as Chief Engineer on USS Garrett County, LST 786, in the Mekong Delta and completed his service as Maintenance Officer at Naval Inshore Operations Training Center at Mare Island Naval Station in Vallejo, California.

Mr. Donham has worked in Marketing & Brand Management at the Clorox Company and Levi Strauss & Co., as Director of Research & Planning at Sitmar Cruises, Director of Marketing at Princess Cruises, Vice President & General Manager at Cruises of Distinction, a large retailer of vacation cruises, and Vice President of Marketing at Elderhostel, Inc., a large not-for-profit educational travel organization.  He founded Sailing Ship Adventures, a specialty booking agent for sailing vessels, as sole owner/manager in 2004.

Volunteer work has included board service with the San Francisco Chapter of the American Marketing Association and with the Southern California Chapter of the Direct Marketing Association, as well as a member of his Church Council, the governing body of the Dover Church. Mr. Donham has served on the Board since 2002 and currently hold the position of treasurer.


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