Meet our Team

More than 35 years ago, the Donat brothers began chasing their dream of building an architectural restoration company. With the core values taught to them by their parents such as integrity, quality, commitment and hard work, Dale, Dean and Don founded the company under the name of Mid America Metals on July 1, 1985.

Today, Mid America Specialty Services remains a family-owned business committed to giving 100% to every client we serve.

Brandon Donat, CEO of Mid America Specialty Services



Brandon Donat is the CEO of Mid America Specialty Services. He was appointed to this role on April 1, 2019 following the transition of former CEO Dale Donat to Founder/Chairman of the Board.

Brandon is a seasoned professional with more than 14 years of experience in the architectural restoration industry. He began his career through the company apprenticeship program and then learned all facets of the business. His deep understanding of the top-down/bottom-up approach has established a clear path for growth.

Previously, Brandon spearheaded national development and expansion for Mid America Specialty Services as the Midwest Regional Vice President and President respectively, while still staying true to the original family philosophy of striving to be the best in the industry, not necessarily the largest.

In addition to his executive career, Brandon is an active member of BOMA, IREM, IFMA and Vistage.

In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities, including playing basketball, skiing and fishing for rainbow trout. Brandon currently lives in St. Louis with his wife Dominie, son Luca, and dog Finney.

Dale Donat, Co-Founder and Director of Corporate Development

Dale Donat

Director of Corporate Development

Dale was born and raised with a passion for business and hard work while growing up in Chicago.

After attending Wyoming Technical Institute in Laramie, WY, Dale began working for the Nissan Motor Corporation. He quickly worked his way up the ranks and eventually became the Director of Parts and Service for the largest Nissan dealer in Chicago. He helped the dealership win many regional and national awards because of his leadership and passion for customer service.

Along with his brothers, Dale co-founded the company as Mid America Metals in 1985. Along with being co-CEO, Dale ran the national operations team until 2011 when he became the sole owner of the business. During his tenure, Dale has been heavily involved in varying capacities with BOMA and Vistage. Dale’s vision and leadership have allowed Mid America Specialty Services to become a national leader in the architectural restoration industry.

Dale is also passionate about sports and competing, along with the great outdoors. He has been married to his junior high sweetheart for over 40 years and they have two sons and three grandchildren. He currently lives in Southwest Missouri.

Dodi Whitmire, Southwest VP

Dodi Whitmire

VP Southwest

Dodi is one of the six Donat siblings and grew up in Chicago.

She began her career in 1980 as the first female refinisher in the industry. She moved to Texas while refinishing metal in 1984.

In September of 1985 she joined Mid America Specialty Services and became their first Dallas crew member. She worked her way up from the field to management and eventually VP of the Southwest Region.

Dodi is responsible for sales and operations in Texas, Louisiana, Arizona and New Mexico and really welcomes problem solving and finding win-win opportunities.

She enjoys volunteer work, the outdoors and traveling.

Iain White, Southeast VP

Iain White

VP Southeast

Iain White is a Regional Vice President who works with his customers and employees to establish relationships built on trust, with the understanding that each individual requires a unique experience to accomplish their goals.

Iain began his career with Mid America Specialty Services as an apprentice in Atlanta, before moving to Charlotte to take on the role of Operations Manager. In that capacity, Iain worked in all of our Southeast Regional offices before moving into the District Manager position for the Carolinas.

He is currently responsible for Sales and Operations for the Southeastern United States as well as the East Coast. Iain graduated from GPC in Atlanta, Georgia.

He is a single father and lives in Tega Cay, SC with his two boys Benjamin and Hunter. He is an avid outdoorsman and an accomplished amateur dog trainer.

Kevin Arnold, Director of Information Technology & Software Development

Kevin Arnold

Director of Information Technology & Software Development

Kevin Arnold is the Director of Information Technology & Software Development. He began his role at Mid America Specialty Services in 2020.

Kevin is responsible for all information technology infrastructure and software development. He began almost 20 years ago developing software and managing IT for many small businesses, founded in a degree in Management Information Systems. Kevin has a deep understanding of processes and creating efficient, timely solutions. His background provides the skills to assess, develop, implement and convert data analyses to best practices.

Along his dual career path, Kevin has also earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and has been a Registered Nurse for 13 years. He holds degrees from Texas A&M University, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Texas A&M University-Texarkana and Grand Canyon University.

In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, traveling with his family and a variety of sports.

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