CEO of Graphisoft.
TenLinks caught up with Dominic after the globe-trotting CEO of
Graphisoft, maker of ArchiCAD, had finished running another marathon.
Roopinder Tara, July 20,
- What would you point to as your biggest successes at
Working with a team that has restored revenue growth, driven
innovation back into ArchiCAD and introduced the world’s first 5D
construction management system and related services. Because of our
Virtual Construction™ services business, we are a user of our own
technology, work on some of the largest building projects in the
world and have more insight into what 3D & 5D can enable in the
total building delivery process than perhaps any company.
- Graphisoft is credited as the company to introduce BIM. Now
all AEC CAD companies are on board. Does Graphisoft maintain a
leadership in BIM technology?
Absolutely! Over a million buildings have been developed with
our applications. For our customers, BIM is not something you try
and hope you succeed. It is their work process.
- You took over the reins from Graphisoft founder, Gábor Bojár.
What is Mr. Bojár's day-to-day involvement with the company?
He is chairman of the board and runs our real estate development
company. He has no operating role in the software company.
- You were in charge of MCAD products at Autodesk. How did you
adapt to selling AEC?
Actually, I was also in charge of the AEC Division at Autodesk.
- How different is living in Hungary compared to northern
California? (Has your family forgiven you? )
Budapest is a fabulous city that is very easy to live in. The
family is having a blast. Teenagers love the city and the unique
opportunities they have. They compete in sporting and academic
events in cities from Portugal to the Ukraine. Mr. Rubik (Rubik’s
Cube) is a neighbor and my 15 year old flies a glider plane designed
and manufactured by Mr. Rubik’s father. Church with the family on
Easter Sunday in Jerusalem a life experience that would have been
much harder to accomplish from my former residence.
- What are the the 3 most popular attractions in Budapest?
Downtown on the Danube, terrific wineries and for some, the
Gallello house on the glider plane field.
- How do you stay fit?
Last year I ran the Jungfrau Marathon in Switzerland where you climb
6,000 feet during the race. Recently, it was the Zermatt Marathon
with a climb to 8,400 feet at the Matterhorn. My wife ran it with me
so it posed an even greater challenge!
- How many miles a year do you fly?
- What was the last book you read?
– a true story from my old neighborhood in New Jersey.
- What languages do you speak fluently? Have you added
Japanese and Italian. I have added a bit of Hungarian but since
I spend so little time in the country, it is not coming as fast as I
discussed was Dominic's philanthropy. He has in recent years donated 75%
of the money it took to build a high school in Vietnam.