Community Involvement: Dominick Sarta has a strong connection with the community he has lived in since he was eight years old. Recently, Sarta has become more involved in the community, by being named co-president of the 13th Avenue Merchants Association just last year, and co-chair of a number of events during the Christmas season, sponsored by his business, Sarta Realty.
I dont do this for advertisement, said Sarta. I do it for the community, out of personal reasons.
Sarta and the merchants association are currently working on creating a Business Improvement District along the stretch of 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights. Were pushing forward in the community, said Sarta. I grew up in this neighborhood. I want to keep it the same for my kids.
Already Sartas kids showing signs of community involvement; his oldest son, only seven, is interested in attending meetings and events. The family gets involved, Sarta said.
Career: Though Sarta began his career by studying architecture, his greatest achievement is turning his fathers business first into a contracting firm, and then into the realty office it is today. I grew this business for the family, said Sarta. I hope my kids will continue it.
Personal life: For Sarta, his business is personal. I was raised in this business by my dad. It makes sure the family stays together, said Sarta. We never fall behind; we always move forward.
Biggest Challenge: The everyday challenges of being self-employed, are Sartas greatest difficulties, he said. Knowing how to separate business from family when you run your own business is difficult, but you need to put certain things aside.
Motivation: Sarta is most inspired by the accomplishments of his father. He came here as an immigrant, he started a small business that grew, and sent us to college, said Sarta. Seeing someone who came with nothing grow into something bigger, is his motivation in all that he does.