Owner, Jesters Soccer Team
President, Gentilly Landfill
Chief Administrative Officer, Durr Heavy Construction
Education: Mt. Carmel Academy; Bachelors in Mass Communication and Political Science at Louisiana State University
Family: Parents; brother; sister and dog named Dante.
Mentor: My parents Donna and Stephen and my grandparents
People often ask Dana Stumpf what it’s like to be a woman in a male-dominated industry. She’s president of the Gentilly Landfill and is chief administrative officer at her family’s business, Durr Heavy Construction, overseeing hundreds of employees. In 2008, she bought the New Orleans minor league soccer team, The Jesters.
Her business personality has taught her how to be successful no matter the environment. She is also a former horseback riding champion who competed nationally. Stumpf says she has a hard time turning down an opportunity to give back to the community and make New Orleans a better place.
Tell us about The New Orleans Jesters? After Katrina, we were very busy with the construction company and the landfill business with clean-up. I began looking for something uplifting and positive, more community-related. The Jesters provided me that opportunity.
How did the name Jesters come about? I wanted to appeal to kids. Soccer is the sport of the next generation and Jesters was a fun, entertaining, more local New Orleans name.
How much soccer did you play? None. I’m an American football girl.
How are you reaching out to the youth of New Orleans with the Jesters? We recently partnered with Carrollton Boosters to assist them with clinics and their recreational program. We’re going to start building an elite-type soccer program for kids ages 4-12.
Is this where you saw yourself when you graduated high school? No. If somebody told me I would be running a soccer team and a landfill company, I would have said “No Way.” But that’s the beauty of life. You enjoy the ride.
Speaking of riding. What type of riding competition did you enter? I did everything from Western to Hunter/Jumper. It was an exciting time.
Did you have a favorite horse? I won my world championships with Fred — he’s an old man now, but I still love him.
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