Name: Adam Facciobene
Title: Vice President, Don Facciobene Incorporated
Education: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida
Years in Brevard: Twenty-nine – I was born at Holmes Regional Medical Center.
Briefly describe what a ‘typical’ day is like for you.
I don’t think any day is typical. My responsibilities include producing estimates, working with subcontractors and employees, communicating with current and prospective clients, maintaining project budgets with an eye on quality control, while focusing on future business growth.
What do you love about your job?
I love working with our clients. I am very proud of the work we do, so it is really a pleasure when I get to share that pride with the satisfied owner(s) of one of our projects. Also, DFI employees actually perform, on average, 60-80 percent of the work we do for our clients, which is rare for a general contractor. So that pride extends to their craftsmanship as well.
What is the biggest challenge?
From a cost standpoint, the construction industry is very competitive in Brevard County, especially right now. In order to win work in this environment and maintain our strict quality standards we have to get smarter on every job. Fortunately I love a good challenge!
What do you wish you had more time for now?
You don’t have to “wish” for time. You get more every day. It’s what you do with it that counts.
What are you listening to on your iPod?
The audio book version of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
Who do you admire and why?
This list is very long. I like to try and keep the best piece of everyone I meet. If I had to choose one person, it would be my grandfather, Frank Facciobene, Sr. Through hard work he was able to start several successful businesses while still being a great man to his friends and family. He is my role model.
What do you love about living in Brevard County?
Brevard County is a special place. Thanks to our excellent research university, Florida Institute of Technology, an international airport, Kennedy Space Center, Port Canaveral, numerous defense contractors including Harris Corporation, and the Space Coast EDC to pave the way for future business expansion, we have the resources to accomplish anything we can conceive. When you combine this with access to the ocean, the river, and rural countryside, I can think of no place better to live and work!
What can the area do to better attract and retain young professionals?
Young professionals want to live where they have an opportunity to succeed. As long as we continue to create an environment where business can succeed, young professionals will want to live and work here.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week who would it be?
I am fascinated by early American businessmen including John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and Andrew Carnegie. I would love to spend a week in any of their shoes, particularly early in their careers, right before they tasted success.