In 1999, noted as a premiere year, Donald received Pennsylvania's Businessman of the year award, The Prestigious Paradigm Award for his outstanding accomplishments. During the year, he opened Calista Grand Salon & Spa and the Goose Creek Grill. Two regional magazines, Philadelphia Magazine and Main Line Today, awarded both of his businesses. Calista Grand Salon & Spa was voted "Best New Salon" and Goose Creek Grill was voted "Best New Restaurant" in their respective categories. This was the one and only time that one owner of two different businesses received the "Best Of" award from both magazines in the same year. Quite an accomplishment!
Still an active force in United States and Canada in his craft, he is a member, speaker and consultant at many events and shows. Calista Tools is his newest passion, shared by Donald and his partner, Maria McCool. Together, they formed Calista Tools. The Calista Tools product line is offered exclusively on QVC, and featured in Nordstrom, Sephora and Ulta and most professional salons.
Through the years, Donald has perfected the art of "Listening to his clients" and has the distrinct ability to deliver the answer to every client's questions. "Create what we don't have, not what we do!" One of the many reasons Donald's products have been featured on QVC (seen & sold out), who can say that? This inventor and master creator has had an astounding ability to be able to predict future trends, and then master that image to bring it to reality. Constantly testing his knowledge, he keeps going back to the drawing board to create yet another successful product.
Having an insatiable appetite for success is just one of the reasons Donald opened a unique restaurant in his local town called, The Social Lounge. Celebrating the flavors of a Nuevo Orleans kitchen, staffed by a world famous chef. Located in the very trendy hub of West Chester, PA, his mega establishment offers Jazz, Blues and Rock and is trending on all the social media sites. A very unique blend of food, nightly talent, and social gatherings makes this hot spot the place to visit frequently.