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Women in Construction: Breaking down barriers.

The word ‘skilled’ doesn’t discriminate and neither do we. We used to live in a world where a woman’s choice of profession consisted of homemaker, teacher, nurse or secretary and men could be, well, everything else. Luckily, that world is in the past. Today, women don’t just hold roles in every industry, they dominate them. Companies have come to value the skills women bring to the table as they sit as equals beside their male counterparts. The construction industry is no stranger to appreciating the role of minorities in the success of their business, and it demands hardworking women with a drive to break the mold.

Last year 939,000 women worked alongside their equally capable, talented, and hardworking male counterparts to imagine, plan, and construct the urban landscapes we love. However, this is still only 8.9% of the total workers in construction careers. The traditional association of men to hard hats is engrained in our culture from the moment we start playing with either Legos or dolls. Any career path in construction requires a creative mind, a motivated attitude, ability to problem solve, and a desire to work hands-on among a diverse group of professionals. These attributes do not know gender. They can inhabit any individual who may have a passion for building something bigger than themselves.

Fortunately, the construction industry’s desire to hire women is reflected in their impact on the wage gap. Women in construction make about $0.93 per $1 that men earn, versus the national average of $0.82 per $1. This gap is closing further as women become increasingly skilled in their trades and prominent figures in the industry. There are also vast possibilities of advancing into leadership type roles where women have already proven themselves formidable opponents to the outdated stereotypes of the industry. In 2010, more than 1/3 of the construction positions held by women were managerial or professional. Over the years, more women have forged their own path to success by cutting the red ribbon on their own firms, but there is still more work to be done to ensure equality in the relationship between government funding and minority/women owned companies. Although there is legislation to close this gap, they still fall short on meeting contract quotas for minorities and women. However, cities like Orlando, FL have goals of 6% or more to specifically allot business to WBE’s, Women Based Enterprises.

Despite the current deficit in the influence of women in the construction industry, changes are being made to allow motivated and hardworking women to enter a successful career in the field.   The D.E. Scorpio Corporation has always and will continue to recruit and promote women into this field.  Our commitment to minority and women owned business is reflected in all our partnerships, and is one we take very seriously because it is the right thing to do.

As we close out Careers in Construction Month we are proud of the initiatives we implemented and the steps we took to further the message. We know they were small first steps, but we also know they may have played a big role in someone’s life. We will continue to promote this great industry to future generations, and especially to those who are working to break down barriers.AAEAAQAAAAAAAALuAAAAJDcwNmQzNTc5LTM5NmYtNDUyNi04ZTQ4LTU3YTY5MDE1YjhlYw

D. E. Scorpio Corporation 2017 Fierce Awards Presenting Sponsor

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2017 Fierce Awards

 

Join us for the 2017 Fierce Awards presented by D.E. Scorpio Corporation!
Business in Greater Gainesville created the Fierce Awards to recognize and applaud talented, transformative women in our business community. Since 2015, the Fierce Awards have called to attention the efforts and achievements of more than 50 local leaders.  We hope you will join us in honoring 2017’s deserving recipients at a cocktail reception on Monday, July 10th starting at 5:30 p.m. in the University of Florida’s Emerson Alumni Hall!

Domenic Scorpio Recognized as a “Business Magazine 2016 Impact Award Winner”

Article from Business in the Heart of Florida, 50th Issue December 2016 –

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Domenic Scorpio is the president/CEO of the D.E. Scorpio Corporation and founded his company on the principal mission of advancing the communities they serve. He provides jobs where collaboration is fostered to elevate careers of employees in a family oriented environment. He enjoys watching others achieve their full potential of being good, contributing members to our community and achieving the successes they deserve for their families and for our community.

“I try to have a positive impact on the Greater Gainesville Community by giving selflessly, and by motivating, educating, and inspiring others to do the same,” Scorpio said.

Scorpio is a board member and former president of the Boys and Girls Club of Alachua County, a board member of Reeling for Kids and a board member and part of various committees for Builders Association of North Central Florida. He is also the executive committee member at the University of Florida School of Construction Management and a member of the advisory committee at Gateway Bank. Even more, he is a fiscal supporter of many nonprofits in greater Gainesville.

Get to Know Domenic:

What is your go-to coffee order?

Strong and black.

Who had the biggest impact on your life?

Definitely my parents. They raised six boys and a girl and worked their tails off. They came here from Italy with four children not speaking a word of English. They instilled a lot of qualities including hard work, dedication and perseverance.

Click here to view Article on BusinessMagazineGainesville.com

Photo(s) Credit: Business Magazine

Anumba Announced as UF DCP Dean

On August 1, 2016 Dr. Chimay Anumba became Dean of the College of Design, Construction & Planning at the University of Florida. The D.E. Scorpio Corporation was honored to sponsor the reception welcoming him to our Gator Nation, hosted on August 25th at the home of Domenic and Holly Scorpio. Dr. Anumba has a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Leeds and a doctor of science from Loughborough University, both in the UK, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Jos in Nigeria. For the past eight years, he served as a professor and head of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University.

“I’m honored to join The Gator Nation and work closely with alumni and friends to build on the college’s strong history and tradition.”
–Dr. Chimay Anumba

Making a Difference for the Boys and Girls Club

This year’s “Doug Johnson’s Reeling for Kids Saltwater Challenge” raised $100,000! Donated toward the renovation of the Northwest Unit of the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County, tournament participation and contributions will go a long way in making a positive impact on the lives of the children at the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County.

Publication Credit: HOME – Living in Greater Gainesville Aug/Sept 2016

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City Beautification Board 2016 Awards

Solaria II Luxury Apartments, built by D.E. Scorpio Corporation in 2015, received the City Beautification Board 2016 Award, reflecting “the commitment of many individuals to excellence in design” to projects of “outstanding aesthetic and artistic appeal” that result in the improvement of the area, property or neighborhood.

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BANCF President Brandon Tinckham

Brandon Tinckham of D.E. Scorpio Corporation is the 2016 president of the Builders Association of North Central Florida.

Article from The Gainesville Sun
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Gainesville Sun January 2016

 

Photo by Rob C. Witzel/The Gainesville Sun
Article by Anthony Clark, Business Editor

Published: Sunday, January 10, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 8, 2016 at 6:02 p.m.

Optym Grand Opening Celebration

Article Featured in the Gainesville Sun:

“Governor Helps Optym Celebrate Growth” by Anthony Clark

Gainesville-based software company Optym started with a University of Florida professor’s research, incubated in the Gainesville Technology Entrepreneurship Center and has grown to 160 employees in four countries, including 80 in Gainesville. click here for full article

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Noteworthy Office Building

Innovation Square Office–Zeeko Ltd., renovation/build-out by The D.E. Scorpio Corporation for Trimark Properties

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Article from “Florida Gator” UF Alumni Association Magazine:

International Innovation

UF Alumnus Arthur Gaziano Opens Research Facility in Innovation Square
By Briana Erickson (2JM)

Zeeko Ltd., a UK-based company that creates precision polishing machines, has joined close to 40 other companies in Innovation Square. The company opened the Gainesville research facility in early summer, says Ed Poppell, economic development director of Innovation Square.

“The research coming out of the University of Florida is what drew our attention to Gainesville. We are excited about collaborating with the university as well as reaching out to our customers in the U.S. market in order to draw additional interest in Zeeko machines,” says Arthur Graziano (MS ’10, PhD ’13), the manager of research and director of the company’s Gainesville facility. Graziano began working for Zeeko in its England, Wales and Japan locations soon after her graduation. Now located only four blocks from campus, Zeeko hopes to enhance its company by collaborating with the associate professor Hitomi Yamaguchi Greenslet and graduate student in the UF Center for manufacturing Innovation who is doing research on magnetic abrasive finishing, a technology that Zeeko wanted to incorporate in to its existing products.

Poppell explains that the integration of this facility, like others, means new jobs for the community. And that’s why, Poppell says, Innovation Square recruited Zeeko and companies like it to help Gainesville grow its economy.

“We hope that a lot of young, thriving companies will continue to move to Innovation Square,” he says.