Mike DiNapoli

What is the most exciting thing about working in this business? What is your professional passion?
For me the most exciting part of our business is helping to support a team function at the highest level. I love the feeling of seeing a team move through the stages of a job, particularly the most challenging stages. There is hardly anything on a project that can be achieved individually, so helping teams realize that fact and helping them come together to achieve their goals is something I am very passionate about. 

What is your favorite community cause or philanthropic organization to support and why?
I have always felt it was important to be active in community groups related to my family. I've been very fortunate to be involved and very active in three building committees that directly supported the schools my daughter attended. The most recent building committee was for her high school, which I am proud and excited to say will open in time for her senior year. Serving on these committees helped me realize the unique expertise that builders can offer communities and how non-profit groups and entire neighborhoods can really benefit from that knowledge for their building campaigns and projects. 

What sport did you play and how did it help you professionally?
I was a very active athlete in high school and that experience of playing on winning and losing teams has always stayed with me. I’m a big believer that a team with players who work well together can beat any team of individual superstars. To this day, I can immediately tell whether someone played on a team or played individual sports or activities. 

What is your greatest Suffolk memory?
My favorite Suffolk memory is the construction of the Bethel Performing Arts Center, which was built on the original site of the Woodstock Music Festival of 1969. When we started the project, we had no sub base, no staff, no housing, no client relationship and no history with any of the architects and designers. But in the end, the project was overwhelmingly successful because we built the project using a group of individuals who came together and worked extremely well as a team. 

What is your favorite quote?
My grandfather, who was a union iron worker, once said, "There are only two good jobs. The one you’re going to and the one you came from." That quote is always on the top of my mind. I have grown as a leader because I understand an important part of my role is to help our teams believe the job they are currently on can be the very best job they’ve ever had.