The DHS Club

History of The DHS Club

Dick Burke

The DHS Club was founded in Englewood, FL in 1997 by Dick Burke, a successful businessman and entrepreneur.

At age 19, Dick joined the United States Air Force and became an Accounting and Finance Specialist and received numerous awards and commendations, while also attending college at night.

After receiving an honorable discharge from the USAF, he started his first business in direct sales, which led him to become a Sales Manager for a New Home Construction Company in Port Charlotte, FL. Under his leadership, the company quickly became the largest new home construction company in Charlotte County and one of the largest in the state of Florida as well.

That experience enabled him to start a New Home Construction Company (Florida Lifestyles Enterprises, Inc.) and a Real Estate Company (Compu-Search Realty, Inc.), both of which became successful enterprises that provided new homes for hundreds of customers.

After suffering from a bad accident, and being unable to work for six months, Dick decided to sell his two companies and work as an independent real estate professional. He quickly became a leader in local property sales, while beginning to consider starting a new business - an international shopping club. In March of 1997, Dick left behind over 100 real estate listings to do the research and development to start his new business.

dhs club 1st office Dick started the new enterprise in an apartment over his garage and incorporated it in June of 1997. Soon after he started to hire the Club's first employees, moved to a small 1,200 square foot office and launched the company's marketing website - www.clubshop.com
Within a few years, the DHS Club membership numbered in the hundreds of thousands and in May of 2000, the company moved into a 3,452 square foot building, at its current location on Placida Road in Englewood, Florida.
DHS Club HQ Office

During early 2001, The DHS Club starting adding international stores to the online ClubShop Mall as well as expanded the number of stores available to U.S. Members.

The ClubShop Mall now offers convenient, online shopping at over 500 stores, where DHS Club Members can earn Club Reward Points on all of their purchases. Our ClubShop Online Shopping Mall has all the major online shopping stores such as Target, Drugstore.com, Kohls, JC Penney, Gap, Old Navy, Macys, Best Buy, Omaha Steaks, BonPrix, Office Depot, Expedia, Volgratis, Brylane Home, BlueFly, Blair, CJ Banks, Staples, Pixmania, Dell Computers, Marriott Hotels, Tractor Supply, Wehkamp, Home Depot and many more online shopping stores from around the world.

A new Training Center, the e-Business Institute, opened in July 2001 to provide our more enterprising Members with online marketing courses. In 2004 and 2005 the e-Business Institute, was expanded to include sales management and director courses.

In May 2002, The DHS Club released and test marketed an offline shopping program, using the ClubRewards Card with participating Merchants, so that DHS Club Members can save money and earn Reward Points on their offline purchases with restaurants, florists, salons, car repair shops and many other types of merchants and stores around the world.

In September of 2002, the DHS Club purchased a large parcel of land with a cottage, on a private lake in the Blue Ridge mountains of Tennessee, to create a corporate retreat property. The property has been named "The Retreat at Ducks' Nest Lake" and has had many improvements made to it, including the construction of a log cabin, and a Lodge and Conference Center. Land has also been cleared to add a number of additional cabins over the next few years.

In 2005 and 2006, the DHS Club had 12 consecutive months of positive net growth of Members and in sales volume. The first European Sales Convention was held in Brussels, Belgium in May of 2006 and the first Italian and Greek Sales Training Conferences were conducted in September of 2006. Record sales were seen at www.clubshop.com in 2006, with new international ClubShop Malls being opened in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Greece, France, Ireland, New Zealand and South Africa.

In December 2006, the DHS Club and the ClubShop Mall were featured on the television show, "The World's Greatest", which was shown on cable networks throughout the United States.

In February 2007, the DHS Club opened the first Caribbean ClubShop Mall in the Netherlands Antilles and held its first Caribbean Conference on the island of Curacao. In April 2007, DHS Club added a new International Mall ClubShop Malaysia. In May 2007, the first South American ClubShop Mall was opened in Suriname. In addition, ClubShop Sweden and Switerland were opened.

In January 2008, the DHS Club released a new site, www.glocalgeneration.com which provides a personalized marketing website for our VIP members to refer prospective Members to register for a Free DHS Club Membership

As of May, 2014, the ClubShop Rewards Mall is available to shop at in 71 countries.

As the DHS Club membership grows, so does the Club's "Group Buying Power", providing our Members with even better consumer and income opportunities and to help us accomplish our goal to become the largest consumer group in the world.

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