Our Story

Locally owned and operated, DNI cares about each community we serve: they’re part of our community, too

In 1981, Doug and Inara Gardner founded the first company in the St. Louis region to specialize in community management. Doug, a widower with three children, met and married Inara in Australia. After the children went to college, Doug and Inara bought their first multifamily property in California. As managers of their property, Doug and Inara were inspired to start their own community management company in St. Louis. They didn’t have a name for the business when they started so they had their lawyer register it as ABC Company. Weeks later when pressed by their lawyer to finalize their name they told him they chose D & I Properties (for Doug and Inara) which he heard and filed as DNI Properties.

Over the last three decades, we have taken pride in building long-term client relationships, serving the best interests of each community and paying attention to even the smallest details. Locally owned and operated, DNI cares about each community we serve; it’s part of our community, too.

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