Boston Harbor Angels
Donald R. Diamond
Donald is chairman of Diamond Ventures, Inc. His business interests include a variety of real estate investments and operating companies in the southwestern United States.
He started his career as a commodity dealer in physicals -- coffee, coco, and rubber on Wall Street from 1950 until 1964 when he retired as vice president of ACLI International and moved to Arizona.
In Arizona he got involved with the sports business by becoming one of the three owners of the new franchise, The Phoenix Suns, and then later into the start up of The Arizona Diamondbacks professional baseball team.
At the same time his career in land development began with the acquisition of raw land in the foothills in Pima County, Arizona. He and his associate bought the Howard Hughes Estate consisting of 12,700 acres in Tucson and by this time he’d put together a major real estate company in southern Arizona to handle his many diversified real estate holdings to do master planned communities consisting of residential, commercial and industrial.
In 1998 Donald and his partner sold Arizona Mail Order, one of the largest national mail order firms in women’s ready-to-wear apparel.
His main business is still real estate. In addition, Donald is an investor in Scotia Joint Venture, a major Southern Arizona homebuilder; an investor in Architectural Traditions, a manufacturer of southwest-style doors, hardware, cabinetry, windows and flooring; he and his partner own Old Tucson Studios, a western theme park movie location; and a large real estate holding in Seaside, California which consists of two major golf courses, a hotel site, and residential components.
Much of his time is spent in philanthropic endeavors consisting mostly on education and health care services. Donald just finished a major role in opening the Diamond Children’s Medical Center on the campus of University Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona. He is also serves as a member of the National Board of Advisors for the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Business and Public Administration.