Dominic Paone, III

  1. Tell me an interesting fact about yourself.
    • Around the age of 8 I started driving forklifts at my dad’s shop. It began a life long love of driving, mechanics, and exploring.
  2. Why did you go into your profession?
    • I always liked trying to figure out how things worked. From a young age I would take things apart and put them back together again to understand them better. That never stopped. When I was in high school I worked co-op in the field and it lead me to where I am today.
  3. What is your greatest strength?
    • I like to pride myself on being able to see the big picture when it comes to things. That can be a job at work, a household project or the simplest task.
  4. What is your greatest personal achievement (not related to work)
    • My family has always been my #1 achievement. My wife Carolyn and I could not be prouder of our daughters Rosalie (10), Cecilia (7), and son Dominic (4). Knowing they are there at the end of day makes everything worthwhile.
  5. What is your greatest professional achievement? (related to IDS)
    • Being apart of the turnaround of Detroit will always hold a special place in my heart. There are two projects on two very different ends of the spectrum but both had the same end result. Namely the Detroit Achievement Academy and Shinola Hotel. Seeing those projects from concepts on paper to their ribbon cutting ceremony was truly the definition of regrowth. It was rewarding to know that I helped breathe life back into the city on a community and national scale.
  6. What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
    • Most people hate doing work around the house, but I actually love it. Renovation jobs and side projects are fun for me and I find it relaxing.
  7. What motivates you?
    • IDS has a very respected reputation in the industry. My motivation is to continue to live up to the gold standard we have set.
  8. What is your #1 professional goal?
    • When I first entered the industry, I was mentored by some fantastic leaders that I looked up to, and still do. The ability to learn from your mistakes and passing on what has been successful has immeasurable value. My goal is to do that for the younger staff at IDS.

“I never make a mistake in my life. I thought I did once, but I was wrong.”  – Charles Schulz