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. (Download our information brochure here.)
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!