Nancy P. Bruns
Chair, Investment Committee, Dickinson Company
The Dickinson Family settled in the Kanawha Valley of Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1813, moving west from the Lynchburg area, because of saline brine discoveries. The salt business grew and evolved over the years into what currently is a natural resource management company, a commercial real estate company and an investment holding company. The family has six living members in the 6th generation, 24 in the 7th, 50 in the 8th, and 3 in the 9th. Shares of the companies are held in trusts. Nancy P. Bruns was born and raised in Charleston, WV, where the family enterprise began 200 years ago. She is a chef by training. She worked in many aspects of the restaurant/food service industry before settling in Highlands, NC where she and her husband owned a small restaurant and catering company for 10 years. She now lives in Columbia, SC and splits her time between there and Charleston, WV where Nancy and her brother have started a company, J.Q. Dickinson Salt-Works, that makes an all-natural, hand-harvested finishing salt by solar evaporation. Their ancestors moved to the area in 1813 to make salt so they are reviving the family heritage in their new business. Nancy serves as Chair of the Investment Committee for the family investment holding company, Hubbard Properties. She is also involved in the family’s charitable giving process. Nancy is in the 7th generation of the family enterprise.