Founder | Co-Owner
Donald Huffines graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 with a BBA in Finance. In 1982 he started his career with the largest commercial brokerage company in Texas, Henry S. Miller Company. Donald gained valuable experience in office leasing, retail development, and income property sales. In 1984, he was the 4th top selling agent and was promoted to Vice President.
In 1985, he formed Huffines Communities with his twin brother Phillip, with the company’s primary focus being land investing and developing. In 1990, taking advantage of the real estate, savings and loan debacle in Texas, he began assembling investors to acquire property from the many sellers, which proved to be very successful.
After developing numerous subdivisions, he made a commitment in 1997 to focus on developing large master-planned mixed-use communities. Both Donald and his brother Phillip have a passion for creating truly great places to live. Always trying to stay true to the company’s philosophy of “seeing beyond the obvious” enables the company to achieve greater financial returns. With Donald and Phillip’s leadership and vision, Huffines Communities has become one of the largest master-planned community developers in the Dallas/Fort Worth market (the fourth largest housing market in the US).
Donald’s passion for liberty has led him to lifelong involvement in conservative republican causes. He served as a National Delegate at the Republican conventions in 2008, 2012, and 2016, and was a State Delegate at numerous State Conventions. In 2014, Don ran to represent Texas Senate District 16, covering north Dallas County, and won the primary by a narrow margin. He served in two legislative sessions and is most known for authoring legislation that resulted in uncovering the largest government corruption scandal in Texas history. Don worked hard to end a redundant and unnecessary government agency called Dallas County Schools that had stolen and misused more than $30 million dollars from taxpayers. He also authored legislation supporting term limits, pro-life measures, constitutional carry, and school choice, and worked to eliminate the vehicle inspection tax and red light cameras. Though he did not win re-election in November of 2018, Don continues to be actively involved in republican politics by supporting GOP candidates at all levels of government.
Don’s reputation for integrity, professionalism, and attention to detail has made him widely respected within the industry and the Dallas community. He has been married to Mary Catherine for more than thirty years and together they have five adult children: Colin, Devin, Terence, Deirdre, and Russell.