MR. PRATAP MENDONCA: BRINGING NEEDED CHANGE IN THE INTERIOR DESIGN AND FIT OUT INDUSTRY
THE LEADER BEHIND AN ADMIRABLE COMPANY 2022
MR. PRATAP MENDONCA
One of the best firms of its kind, Design Infinity LLC, operates out of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The firm was founded in 2012 and offered comprehensive turnkey solutions and high-end interior services for commercial workplaces in various industries. The firm is run by highly skilled interior designers and architects from Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Large-scale design and fit-out projects are the company’s forte. They have a proven track record of success throughout the United Arab Emirates thanks to their 650+ strong workforce. The firm has had tremendous year-over-year development since its inception in 2012, and its staff comprises interior professionals and in-house MEP and IT experts. The business also has a large joinery factory that covers more than 60,000 square feet, along with separate divisions for glass and metal works.
Pratap Mendonca (Managing Partner) decided to establish a business after over 13 years of working in the interior design and furniture industries. In 2012 July, along with my wife Scytle Fernandes ( Architect ) and Geetha Nayak ( Architect ) founded Design Infinity. Since its inception, the company has grown from 2 persons to team of 650 plus and has completed over 600 projects across UAE.
Challenges Facing the Leader
Mr. Pratap Mendonca tackles several daily challenges as a team leader of 650 individuals and a US$ 100 million annual revenues. In his mind, it’s all in a day’s work, so he takes things as they come. Mr. Pratap works roughly 12 plus hours a day during the week. He then spends his time outside the workplace playing with his children, Siana (15) and Sinon (11), and taking walks with his wife, Scytle. Each weekend, he makes time to hang out with his loved ones. Competition for leadership positions is prevalent. Building a more significant business is fantastic, but keeping that expansion going is difficult. The “It’s Okay” mentality has to be more practical and palatable. Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Virgin Group’s Sir Richard Branson, Tata Group’s Ratan Tata, Tesla’s Elon Musk, Wipro’s Azeem Premji and Ali Baba’s Jack Ma are just a few of the world’s most successful business Mr. Pratap looks up to. He encourages people to think big, put in long hours, and make a difference in the world.
Design Infinity has worked with businesses in every industry. It includes the corporate, government, banking, education, healthcare, hotel, retail, and food & beverage markets.
Some of our landmark projects are Sharjah Research Technology and Innovation (SRTI) Park, Dubai Technology & Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec), Zayed University, Provis and Khidmah HQ, Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP), Injazat, Tecom, Ericsson, HP, Youtube, DWTC, RAKEZ, DEWA, RTA, Dubai Health Authority(DHA), SAMBA Bank, RAKBANK, Emirates Islamic Bank, Mashreq Bank, Urla Restaurant and Lounge, Cherie Restaurant, Jones the Grocer, Crescendo, Lulu, Ethan Allen, Burberry, Balmain Dubai Hills Mall and Ethan Allen etc.
Pacing With the Market Trends
It is a corporation that can quickly shift gears and adjust to new situations. COVID-19 saw no layoffs at the firm, which managed to stay afloat by accepting competitive priced contracts. It studies market tendencies, and eventually adopt them. Every aspect of the business, from operations to strategic planning, is scrutinized by Design Infinity to find ways to improve for the future. The organization also takes the time to reflect on and learn from its missteps.
Contentment Among Employees
To the firm, it is critical that all team members are happy in their jobs. A happy and upbeat atmosphere at work is emphasized. Some measures employed toward this END GOAL include monthly team gatherings, team-building exercises, and birthday celebration. The company has a world-class infrastructure when it comes to the relationship between the firm and its team members. The keys to success are an uninhibited work environment and open communication.
Team members at Design Infinity deserve most of the credit for the company’s success. All team members are adequately paid, thanks to the performance management system. In addition, each team member receives a bonus equal to one month’s pay once a year. Consistent with its core values, the company strives for operational excellence, innovation, and the development of its team members.
The organization has a welcoming culture where team member feels comfortable sharing their successes. It participates in Dubai fitness competitions that last for a whole month.
Achievements and Milestones
With a 2-year Defects Liability Period (DLP), Design Infinity LLC leads the pack in the United Arab Emirates. It’s the first interior design firm in the UAE to be recognized as a SUPERBRAND. It’s also the first business in the United Arab Emirates to provide customers with complimentary LEED certification.
The CSR Policy
- Annual Blood Donation Drives are Organized
- Participated in Beat Diabetes Walkathon
- Boxes of food and water were given out to the labour camps during the holy month of Ramadan.
- All the team members were given a DUBAI CAN 2022 – glass bottle.
- We cut down on our usage of plastic straws and bags.
A Message for The CEOs
In his words, Mr. Pratap encourages us to “keep learning and improving, give your best in all you do, make a difference to the society, go beyond your limits, improve every day, helping to make this world a better place to live.”
The Future Plans
The company’s top brass planning to take its operations globally, with new branches in GCG to make Design Infinity a billion-dollar business in the next decade. The leaders are also working on vertical integration and venturing in to new business.
To The Readers of Prime Insights
The company’s management firmly believes in the following principles: “Take and own the responsibility, motivate and inspire team members to do their best, focus on self and team development, make time for Strategic and critical thinking, develop creative and innovation mindset, Honesty, integrity, Flexibility, trust, interpersonal and open communication, encourage to go beyond their limits and walk the talk.”