Mimi Dora

Director of Construction Services
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About Mimi

Mimi began her career working at a commercial architectural firm in Indianapolis during the mid-1980s; she worked for one of the city’s most notable commercial Real Estate developers, Browning Investments, in Tenant Finish Coordination and Asset Management.

She moved into the Health Care segment during the early 1990s. Her position as Construction Manager for St. Vincent Hospital’s $100MM/500,000sf Master Facility Plan expansion included overall coordination between key Administrative, Departmental, Physicians, Architects and Engineers. She co-founded a small general contracting company specializing in Hospitality Construction, where she worked during the late 90’s through 2008; her company specialized in the construction of Limited Service hotels from the ground up through installation of Furniture/Fixtures & Equipment.

In 2008 Mimi brought her expertise to her husband Bob Dora’s company, where she currently oversees and coordinates renovations and new hotel projects throughout the Midwest, North Dakota, and Montana. Working with the project team and monitoring the construction activities, with a focus on preserving budget, are key focuses for each project.

What advice would you give other women who are striving to be successful in the male-dominated construction industry?

I always encourage women with architectural or design background to move into the commercial construction fields. Women do well in the field of construction due to their inherent ability to multi-task and communicate well. The contractual nature of the business, coupled with direct communication with architects/engineers, project managers and on-site supervisors make this a natural environment for women to succeed.