2018 Face Awards
Celebrating Diversity in Southwest Florida
(page 5 of 7)
Success has not always come easy for women- and minority-owned businesses in the male-dominated construction industry.
“I think our world is becoming more aware of that, but certainly in our past it’s been difficult [for these businesses],” says David Diamond, co-founder of DeAngelis Diamond, a commercial construction and program management firm headquartered in Naples.
But DeAngelis Diamond is making strides to be more inclusive overall, by partnering with diverse subcontractors and businesses when possible, and encouraging disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) organizations to submit bids on specific projects.
DeAngelis Diamond also promotes acceptance within its offices. Each year, the firm of nearly 200 employees focuses on a particular part of its company’s culture, and 2018 is all about diversity.
In March, DeAngelis Diamond celebrated the theme by honoring female leaders, who make up 36 percent of the company, and promoted construction as a career for women at area schools.
“It’s not always one of the first industries that women are looking to get involved in, so we want to show that women in construction are doing great and love what they do,” Diamond says.
DeAngelis Diamond plans to promote industry inclusivity in several other ways this year, including developing an intern/mentorship program for future female project managers.
“We open our intern program to all people, but we’re really trying to focus on women,” Diamond says, explaining that only five of the 49 project managers on staff are women. “We want to raise that 10 percent higher.”
DeAngelis Diamond also has enlisted a data analyst to track how many minority, disadvantaged and veteran employees it has in order to “measure where we are and see how we’re improving diversity within the company,” Diamond says.
The construction firm supports equal opportunities beyond its offices by donating a percentage of its profits to select charities each year and letting employees take two paid days off to assist the charity of their choice. Most recently, the company benefited PACE Center for Girls, St. Matthew’s House and more.
Diamond and co-founder John DeAngelis are active in the fight against human trafficking, traveling internationally to assist and raise awareness. And Diamond joined as an executive producer on the documentary film Bias, which will be shown and premiering at several film festivals and other venues in 2018. It examines unconscious bias and how it affects our behavior socially and in the workplace.
All of these actions help to fulfill the company’s core values and make a difference wherever possible.
“Our mission statement is to develop authentic relationships and have a positive influence on everyone we meet, and we really want that to mean everyone—regardless of where they’re from,” Diamond says.