H. Frank Dominguez 1939 - 2004
Mr. H. Frank Dominguez founded Vanir at the age of 25 in San Bernardino, California. Since 1964, the Vanir companies have been leaders in the fields of real estate development, construction, and construction management with 20 offices throughout the United States.
Mr. Dominguez was widely recognized for his business and community leadership, including selection by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as Hispanic Businessman of the Year; appointment by the Governor to the California Commission for Economic Development; service on Advisory Councils and Committees for past Presidents of the United States; service as a two term Board Member of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); and Founding Board Member of New America Alliance, an economic development and philanthropic organization comprised primarily of nationally prominent Latino business leaders.
Mr. Dominguez maintained a business and personal philosophy of benefiting communities where Vanir developed projects, and where Vanir employees live and work. He was involved in numerous community activities and projects with a special emphasis in assisting disadvantaged schools and underprivileged youth through scholarships, work programs and financial support.
In June 2004, the New America Alliance (NAA) honored H. Frank Dominguez by posthumously awarding him their Lifetime Achievement Award in Philanthropy. The NAA also renamed their annual award recognizing philanthropy, "The H. Frank Dominguez Philanthropist of the Year Award," in honor of the late NAA Founding Board Member.
Further, Mr. Dominguez's philanthropic efforts have been recognized by numerous publications, organizations, and individuals, through personal letters and formal resolutions, most notably by George W. Bush, President of the United States, Cruz M. Bustamante, Lieutenant Governor of the State of California, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
Mr. Dominguez passed away January 8, 2004. During his lifetime, Mr. Dominguez touched many lives with his hard work, vision, generosity and compassion. His employees, associates, friends and family are deeply grateful for having shared life's journey with him.
In recognition of his philanthropic nature and in gratitude for his wisdom, guidance and vision, The Vanir Foundation in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez was established to continue Mr. Dominguez' vision of making this world a better place for everyone, starting with children. The Vanir Foundation is dedicated to supporting and fostering education for economically challenged children. The organization provides educational programs, financial literacy programs, food baskets, and other assistance to children.
In 2004, Dorene Dominguez founded this foundation as a lasting tribute to her father’s accomplishments and his steadfast willingness to assist those less fortunate. The Foundation continues Mr. Dominguez’ philanthropic commitments focusing on language arts, financial literacy, math, science and health related programs through the adoption of schools.