Dominick L. Paragano ’80 and Dominick V. Paragano ‘09
For father and son duo Dominick (Dom) L. Paragano ’80 VSB and Dominick V. Paragano ’09 VSB, a passion for Villanova is a true family affair. Dom Sr. and Dominick Jr. are not only both Villanova alumni with degrees in finance, but they also work alongside one another at Paragano Real Estate Management, Inc., a company Dom Sr. founded when he was 25.
Dom Sr. said he and his wife, Lisa, give back to Villanova on a regular basis as a way of showing their appreciation for his time at the University. “I received a great academic education at Villanova University, but more than that, my time there helped me to develop as a person,” Dom Sr. said. “It is where I learned how to have integrity in business, compassion for others, and a zest for life.”
Throughout the years, the Paragano family has remained active supporters of the University. As members of the Villanova University Club of North Central New Jersey, they often attend networking events and connect with fellow Villanova alumni. They are also involved with Villanova’s real estate programs—Dom Sr. as a member of the Villanova Real Estate Advisory Council, and Dominick Jr. as a Nova Next Council member within VSB’s Daniel M. DiLella Center for Real Estate.
As he reflects on his son’s experience, Dom Sr. credits Villanova's world class education with preparing Dominick Jr. for a career in the families' real estate ownership, development and management business. Dominick Jr. was a member of the first class at VSB with the opportunity to minor in Real Estate and now, he gives back by participating in the VSB Mentor Program.
“Villanova was the catalyst that molded me into the man I am today—professionally, socially and spiritually,” Dominick Jr. said. “As an alumnus, I am proud to tell anyone who asks that I am a graduate of Villanova University.”
Both father and son live out the Villanova mission of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas in numerous ways, including serving others through their positions on the Board of Directors for The Shepherds of Youth, a nonprofit organization founded by Dom Sr.’s father which sponsors Catholic school education for underprivileged children. For both Dom Sr. and Dominick Jr., the University’s Augustinian tradition of service to, and care for, one’s community remain guiding forces in their lives.