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Chris Dingman

Founder and COO, The Dingman Group, Newport Beach

OC METRO's Hot 25 for 2011Published: November 01, 2011

What you love about your job: I love being the first call when players, coaches and their families face the daunting and stressful task of moving.
Hot Factor: Chris Dingman’s company now boasts a client roster of more than 300.

Chris Dingman toiled at his career in marketing and advertising, but yearned to have his own business. The chance came six years ago, when an old college roommate, Steve Smith of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, called. He needed help moving his mother, and he didn’t have time to do it himself because he was in training camp every day. Dingman took care of everything. Afterward, Smith wrote him, saying, “You made a 
great thing happen. Thank you for making it so easy.”
   
Dingman decided to see if he could make a go of his own relocation business. He formed the Dingman Group and has since moved more than 300 clients in more than 25 states, some of those more than once.
   
“Being an athlete, you’re in the most nomadic business there is, outside of the military,” Dingman says. “Sometimes they get traded and have to move immediately, with no time to do it.
   
He’s proud that no athlete he’s helped to relocate has gone to a different company when traded again.
   
Dingman works with realtors to buy, 
sell or lease homes for relocating athletes. But a growing part of his business is 
helping athletic coaches and even athletic directors.
   
Says Dingman: “Our job is to take care of things in the move so they can concentrate on their sport.”

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