50 years of Doltone House: an ode to the migrant success story

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The Doltone House family celebrated 50 Year’s last week – at their first venue in Sylvania Waters.

An official plaque commemorating this extraordinary achievement was revealed by The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Prime Minister of Australia, in the presence of The Hon. Mark Raymond Speakman, SC MP, Councillor Carmelo Pesce, Mayor of Sutherland Shire, along with NSW parliamentarians, local councillors, business leaders and family members.

The Prime Minister Scott Morrison MP, remarked on the entrepreneurial nature, bravery, ambition and strong family ties of the Signorelli family who remain at the helm of Doltone House, namely Paul Signorelli, Executive Chairman, Anna Cesarano, Chief Executive Officer and Nina Milazzo, Chief Operating Officer, who have worked tirelessly since taking over the business 25 years ago from the Stubbs family.

Doltone House, the migrant story and the concept of family in leadership

Doltone House is a beacon of the successful migrant story, and how the traditional family business model can still be adapted in large corporations.

“Family gives a sense of love and welcome. When I think of the Signorelli family, who have been in business for so long, I think of a family who has an intense love and passion for each other, and that love overflows into the community they serve,” said Prime Minister Morrison.

“They aren’t a business just seeking to make money, it’s a business seeking to make a difference in the lives of its customers,” said Prime Minister Morrison.

Paul Signorelli said the success of his family’s business is the service, the product and the personalised care.

“We believe our success is due to keeping what is important front and centre – great service and exceptional product. Even today, our clients know they can reach out to us personally, they know we absolutely care about every single event,” said Mr Signorelli.

The Signorelli family have changed the landscape of Sydney with their many landmark function centres. Though, one of their most proud contributions is their ‘Life from a Suitcase’ monument (image above), which sits on Darling Island as a celebration of immigration in Australia; a tribute to migrant success stories.

The monument was dedicated to grandfather, Biaggio Signorelli, whose migration from Italy is a beacon for the migrant success story.

“We were inspired by our father Biaggio and mother Fina to do our best, work for each other and give to others. Our father’s legacy sits front and centre with us every day, and we know how proud of us he would be,” said Mrs Cesarano.

Image: Brendan Esposito via The Leader.

50 years on, Doltone House has hosted almost 67,000 events, 32,400 of them business events, and catered for over 6,400,000 people.

Doltone House employs over 550 people across Sydney and attributes their success to their staff.

“Our staff are an extension of our family. We couldn’t have reached where we are today without their commitment and efforts, we have been honoured to work with such great people,” said Mr Signorelli.

The Signorelli family now operates six venues and over 30 event spaces. They will open Marconi Events at Marconi Club in 2020, an event destination in Milperra in 2025, and have more projects in the pipeline.

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