Ivy Exec recently interviewed the co-founders of Dominion Business Solutions, a management and IT consulting firm recently named a Consulting Magazine “Small Jewel.” Dominion Business Solutions is based in Washington, DC and serves public sector and Fortune 2000 clients.
Ivy Exec: In which area of your company do you expect the most growth over the next 12 to 18 months?
Dan Maguire: Our focus remains on large-scale enterprise IT initiatives – including the initial IT Strategy and Architecture work around innovative, IT transformation programs. We do see this continuing to be a growth area for Dominion in the coming year. Specifically we are seeing increased interest in cloud-based solutions, business intelligence, enterprise architecture, and overall systems modernization.
IE: What changes and challenges do you think your company and industry will see in the next 5 years?
J.P. Foley: On the Federal side of our business, given that it is an election year, we anticipate major changes should there be a change of administration within the federal government. There is already a significant amount of budget reduction and other consolidation occurring and should a new President be elected, changes will certainly occur. With that said, as a nimble small business, we just need to adapt within our Public Sector programs. From a commercial perspective we are beginning to see new IT investments being made and more IT budget expenditures than in the last few years. We see this also as a change for the better and an opportunity for Dominion.
IE: What led you to found Dominion Business Solutions?
J.P: We built the company on the premise that we could provide high-end management and IT consulting services, and at the same time, create a workplace that will attract the high-level employee we desire. Our approach is a simple one in that we try to keep mundane overhead activities to a minimum and ask our employees to get involved in areas of the company of interest to them. For example, leading sales effort, recruiting and HR, and any other non-billable role that they want to learn about. Of course we also have regular employee outings and social functions to keep things light and maintain our corporate culture.
IE: What three words best describe your culture?
Both: Quality, Collaborative, Fun
IE: What are the two best perks that employees get at your company?
Dan: Rapid career progression and a comprehensive benefits plan.
IE: Which leadership qualities best insure success at Dominion Solutions?
J.P.: Teamwork is integral to our success. Our leadership team believes that everything we do is a team effort and that drives our success and results in a lead by example mentality and culture.
IE: What gets you excited about going to work each day?
Dan: The idea that we have built a company that our employees rely on for their career, income, and safety and that our clients truly benefit from our efforts. In addition, knowing that as a small business we can truly optimize both our delivery approach and back office processes, minimizing the otherwise frustrating layers of overhead.
IE: Who is your pick for the World Series this year?
Dan: Washington Nationals; one can dream
J.P.: Nationals; OK, I’ll double down on the Nats – how about that pitching staff!