Dorene Dominguez is the Chairwoman and CEO of Vanir Group of Companies, Inc. and its subsidiaries Vanir Construction Management, Inc. and Vanir Development Company, Inc. Vanir has delivered over $23 billion worth of projects from its inception. The Vanir companies are national leaders in program, project and construction management and real estate development. Vanir employs a growing staff of more than 400 talented executives, architects, engineers, construction managers, developers, contractors and support staff across seventeen regional offices located in major U.S. cities.
In addition to her leadership of the Vanir companies, Ms. Dominguez serves or has served on various corporate boards of publicly traded companies. Currently, she is a director on the CIT Group and CIT Bank NA boards (www.cit.com), the KB Home board (www.kbhome.com) and is a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee for each company. Moreover, she is an active member of the Coca-Cola Hispanic Advisory Council (www.coca-colacompany.com). Composed of distinguished national leaders in the Latino community, the Council advises Coca-Cola senior management on various issues related to its business operations as they impact on the Hispanic community.
An active community booster, Ms. Dominguez is a member of the ownership group that aggressively pursued and ultimately purchased the National Basketball Association “Sacramento Kings” in a successful effort to keep the team in California’s capital city. She thus became the first Latina to hold the distinction of NBA ownership status. (www.nba.com/kings/) The group’s endeavor has been the catalyst for the building of the team’s new “Golden One” arena, a major factor in the revitalization and redevelopment of downtown Sacramento. Vanir is making a further major commitment to this community effort with its development of “The Vanir Tower at 601 J”. This forty stories mixed use Vanir project is located directly across the street from Golden One. (www.vanirtower.com/the-vision/)
Her philanthropic activities are many and varied, however, none is more important than Ms. Dominguez’s long term commitment to helping others achieve the American Dream by working with and inspiring underserved elementary and high school students that aspire to attend Universities that “may seem to be out their reach”. She is especially committed to her alma mater, the University of Notre Dame, in developing access for these students and seeks to accomplish this goal through her strategic vision of “an educational pipeline” predicated on a four-prong approach.
First, Ms. Dominguez is the founder of “The Dominguez Dream”, a foundation in memory of her late father, which serves elementary schools in underserved communities by empowering children to achieve their full potential in Literacy and S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). Through it twelve year concerted effort of implementing fifteen essential programs in seven partner schools, Dominguez Dream has served over thirty-five hundred students. (www.dominguezdream.org)
Second, moving onto the high school level, she has partnered with the Nicholas Academic Centers (www.naccenters.org) NAC seeks “to provide support to underserved high school students to improve their academic performance, achieve their full potential, promote their admission to colleges and universities, retention and graduation and to impart the skills and knowledge necessary to live successful and productive lives.” On the theory that “if you get them on campus and show them it is not out their reach, students can learn to hope and dream,” Ms. Dominguez has sponsored a number of NAC students in their junior year in high school for summer school on site sessions at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, to encourage them to “dream big!”
Third, as one of her commitments to leading on the issue of equal educational opportunity, Ms. Dominguez is also the former Chairwoman and a current member of the University of Notre Dame Latino Studies Advisory Board. The board advises the President of the University of Notre Dame, Fr. John I. Jenkins, and senior University leadership. Through her mentoring and provision of emotional and financial support, a number of “her students” have been admitted to Notre Dame and other distinguished institutions of higher learning.
Fourth, knowing that a professional platform is key to a strong career start, several NAC students have been welcomed on to the Vanir Team upon graduation from their respective universities.
As a business owner, Ms. Dominguez is very cognizant that upward social mobility is tied directly to a healthy economic environment. To that end, she is a valued member of the Board of Directors of the California Chamber of Commerce. Emphasizing the importance of business participation in public policy determination, she actively serves on the Chamber’s political action committee.
In recognition of her national business, philanthropic, and community efforts, Ms. Dominguez has been recognized by “Fortune” magazine as one of “The 50 Most Powerful Latinas of 2017.”
Ms. Dominguez graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in finance and holds a Certificate in Corporate Governance from Harvard University.