- By Fran Kenney
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Kenneth and Bryant Dickinson, brothers and co-owners of HMD, are eighth generation natives of Wake County. Their documented family history extends back to the early 1740s on their mother’s side with the Olives and Carters from the Apex/Holly Springs area; this history will be posted soon! In addition, their father and paternal grandparents contributed greatly to the growth of Raleigh over the last 80 years.
Kenneth and Bryant’s grandfather, Dr. Kenneth Dickinson, aka “Dr. D,” was one of the only obstetricians in Raleigh during the 1940s. Initially partnering with Dr. Ivan Proctor, he later opened the first stand-alone medical office building in Raleigh, on the corner of St. Marys and Tucker Street.
Their grandmother, Genevieve “Jean” Dickinson, opened one of the first shops in Cameron Village back when it was the only shopping center between Washington DC and Atlanta. Jean Dickinson Gifts and Decorative Accessories was located near Nowell’s, Burton’s, and Village Pharmacy (which later became Kerr Drugs). Jean traveled to High Point, New York, and other regions to provide her clients the very best in interiors.
Kenneth and Bryant’s father, Kenneth Dickinson II, aka “Dockey,” worked with top developers and founded Dickinson, Logan, Todd & Barber, Inc, a commercial mortgage brokerage firm with multiple offices in the Southeast that provided financing for and investments in many buildings and projects that continue to grace the Raleigh skyline as well as other cities throughout the southeast.
Today, Kenneth and Bryant specialize in commercial fit-up, renovation, new construction, and development services in the greater Raleigh-Durham/Triangle area of NC, adding to the rich history of their family by assisting new medical practices and retail stores as well as a wide range of other businesses. Kenneth and Bryant are proud to build upon their family’s strong foundation.