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A longtime Newport Beach resident who’s seasoned in many aspects of business, Don Chapman brings to his clients a valuable and unique perspective to the accomplishment of their goals, along with a passion for providing an incomparable level of outstanding personalized service. Upon graduating from USC, Don Chapman went to work for his family’s business, Chapman’s Men’s Wear Inc. At that time, the company was the largest men’s clothing retail operation in the state of Hawaii, with 25 retail stores located throughout Hawaii, California, Arizona and Nevada. He worked his way up through the ranks, eventually becoming the VP of Operations for Chapman’s. In 1989, the company was sold—but Don’s successes were just beginning. Just prior to the sale, he had acquired Damze Company, a small manufacturing organization that specialized in manufacturing chenille jackets. After two years of growing the business, Damze purchased a chenille bedspread and fabric manufacturing operation located in Georgia. As sales continued to grow, so did their manufacturing operations, expanding facilities in Georgia, California, and Mexico. Eventually, their “Canyon Group” line of sleepwear and robes was sold in every major department and specialty store throughout the country. Don sold Damze Co. in 2006, and with a portion of the proceeds, purchased several residential investment properties. Since then, he’s personally managed each of them, overseeing everything from leasing to maintenance and repair. This hands-on experience, coupled with his diverse experience in the apparel industry, shines through today in the detail-oriented fashion in which Don conducts his business. Now that he’s part of Surterre Properties, Don works in tandem with his wife Jody Chapman, one of the area’s most accomplished REALTORS®. Don and Jody currently reside in the Harbor View Hills South neighborhood of Corona del Mar, where they’ve lived for almost 15 years. They have been active members of the Balboa Bay Club for over 20 years, and all three of their daughters have worked their way through the local school system, attending Corona del Mar High School. A lover of the Newport Beach lifestyle, Don is an avid boater who’s also an Autocross division champion and event chairperson with the Orange Coast PCA (Porsche Club of America).


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