Domenic Stillitano, known as ‘Dom’ by most, began his business with a vision to offer the widest range of quality building supplies coupled with the best service in WA. We spent a few minutes with Dom, pictured above with his wonderful wife Nancy, to get to know him a little better …
Q: Tell us a little about your experience and history of Versatile Mitre 10 Trade Centre.
Dom: I have been involved in the manufacturing, building and fit-out industry from my first job at age 14. I opened Hardware at our present Malaga site in 1985, followed by a second store in Karratha afterwards.
Q. What do you enjoy most about the business?
Dom: Most pleasing is the fact that we are one family as most of our staff have been part of our growth since inception.
Q. Unsung Hero: What is one service or product that Versatile offers that most people do not really know about?
Dom: Firstly, our Delivery Service (7 trucks) with tracking system that offers a new level of service to our customers. Secondly, our complete range of building products, including our own on-premise manufacturing of plaster products that we have been manufacturing for over 50 years.
Q. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Dom: My mother had so many simple sayings, but one that comes to mind is: “Early mornings make the Day”. It really resonates with the building industry.
Q. What is your favourite sport?
Dom: As a teenager, I played soccer, so am familiar with this more than other sports, however with 7 grandchildren playing different sports, I have learned to love them all!
Q. And do you have a favourite past-time?
Dom: I enjoy the odd fishing outings on the boat with the grandies.
Q. What are you most looking forward to in 2020 with the business?
Dom: We have gone through many changes and adding new products relevant to our customer base, so now consolidating is the agenda.
Great, thanks so much for your time Dom!