Donald Kipnis, Founder and CEO of Development Service Solutions (DSS) has established himself as a leader and innovator in the construction profession throughout a nearly 30-year career. Beginning his road to his current role, Mr. Kipnis discovered a passion for his craft in the form of success as the top-ranked Building Construction graduate and President of the Building Construction Honor Society at the University of Florida. From there, it was difficult to ignore his calling as a no-nonsense determined leader and pragmatic construction visionary.
Previously, as CEO of Miller & Solomon General Contractors (M&S), Mr. Kipnis successfully grew business from $12mil to $175mil, making (M&S) a leading industry name that served as a symbol for integrity, quality and timeliness throughout the state of Florida. The industry found it hard to ignore Kipnis’ branded credo, "No Excuses" and struggled to keep up with the precedent set by a company that expanded from 20 employees to more than 200 under his direction.
After Miller & Solomon, Kipnis utilized his sharp business acumen as a problem solving Partner and Executive Vice President of Construction for the Trump Group. Here he supervised design of the Luxuria project in Boca Raton as well as Acqualina II in Sunny Isles Beach while simultaneously completing water damage remediation and construction of the first Acqualina Resort tower. It was here that Kipnis expanded upon his immense portfolio of experience. Kipnis parlayed his negotiating skills into a favorable settlement with the builder’s risk and other insurance carrier to avoid costly and time-consuming litigation–a true example of his foresight and skill for delivering results with solutions.
Today, Mr. Kipnis brings it all to the table as the visionary behind Development Service Solutions – the leading construction consulting and project management firm. His ability to simplify, direct and successfully complete even the most daunting projects serves as a source of comfort for his clients, making Kipnis, and DSS, a rare commodity in an industry that needs it most.
As a life-long resident of Miami, Mr. Kipnis has served the community in many different volunteer capacities. While on several committees for Ransom-Everglades schools, including the Executive Board, Board of Trustees and co-chairman of the Building and Grounds Committee, he utilized his exceptional construction knowledge to oversee the design and construction of the media center and gymnasium in the middle school as well as the design and planning of the upper school auditorium and gym.
He has also served as a board member for the following local organizations: