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          Twenty Five – 25  2012

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          City Union Mission 2009

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          Biz Journal 2009

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          National Association of Women in Construction – 2009

          About MySmartPlans

          Shelley and Dominick Armato

          Shelley is the Founder and CEO of MySmartPlans. Her husband Dominick is Co-founder and President. They suffered firsthand the effects of chaos in the industry. Dominick, a 45-year contractor, was wildly successful and one project with insufficient data caused them to shut the doors on that company. But they rose again and reinvented the construction industry by streamlining the business.

          MySmartPlans is a software-as-a-service solution with an experienced digital information librarian as part of your team, who creates transparency, organization, and efficiency in construction projects. They are the driving force behind Data Governance, which mitigates the risk associated with insufficient document oversight. MySmartPlans has been improving the industry for 16 years and has a revenue aggregate of over 19 billion dollars. Build on time, on schedule, and with audited as pre-discovery files that are proven to prevent litigation!

          Honors & Awards

          Business Of The Year
          Kansas Women-Owned Businesses 2017

          Rule Breaker Award
          New York Rule Breakers 2015

          25 Outstanding Businesses Under 25 Employees
          Twenty Five – 25  2012

          CEO of the Year
          City Union Mission 2009

          Women Who Mean Business
          Biz Journal 2009

          Vision of Excellence
          National Association of Women in Construction – 2009

          About MySmartPlans

          Shelley Armato and Dominick Armato

          Shelley is the Founder and CEO of MySmartPlans. Her husband Dominick is Co-founder and President. They suffered firsthand the effects of chaos in the industry. Dominick, a 45-year contractor, was wildly successful and one project with insufficient data caused them to shut the doors on that company. But they rose again and reinvented the construction industry by streamlining the business.

          MySmartPlans is a software-as-a-service solution with an experienced digital information librarian as part of your team, who creates transparency, organization, and efficiency in construction projects. They are the driving force behind Data Governance, which mitigates the risk associated with insufficient document oversight. MySmartPlans has been improving the industry for 16 years and has a revenue aggregate of over 19 billion dollars. Build on time, on schedule, and with audited as pre-discovery files that are proven to prevent litigation!

    • MySmartPlans Track Record:

      17 years in business

      100% of our 2,130 projects were protected from litigation

      $23 billion in project value completed

      99.9% of projects were completed on time & on budget

      18% project on-site savings

      The MySmartPlans Manifesto

      MySmartPlans Track Record:

      17 years in business

      100% of our 2,130 projects were protected from litigation

      $23 billion in project value completed

      99.9% of projects were completed on time & on budget

      18% project on-site savings

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      The MySmartPlans Manifesto

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          MySmartPlans has saved thousands of hours in costly rework and has allowed us to collaborate with our team members in the most efficient manner possible.

          Craig Childers

          MySmartPlans helped us focus on the project rather than collection of data & documentation. The MSP team knows what needs to be included and does a great job gathering, managing and ensure timey responses on required information. It also gives us a centralized location for project documentation, giving us comfort of knowing where to find information in the future. MSP allows us to work smarter and be smarter.

          Northwest Florida Beaches

          Technology has made promises over the years that someday we would all be paperless and all electronic, but there has been a missing link in sharing information between groups. MySmartPlans is the medium that fills that gap.

          Rick Thompson

          As a construction litigator…to be able to point and click and find the documentation that relates to that specific change order, whatever, in seconds as opposed to days or weeks manually would be a game changer.

          Bill Quatman

          Construction Attorney
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The Change Order Game: Lessons learned and solutions created

MySmartPlans was created to ensure accountability and transparency during the acquisition, planning, execution, and data turnover to facilities management to eliminate unwarranted change orders.


“Change order” is the industry term for an amendment to a construction contract that changes the contractor’s scope of work. Most change orders modify the work required by contract documents (which, in turn, usually increases the contract price) and/ or adjust the amount of time the contractor has to complete the work. For there to be a valid change order, the owner and contractor must both agree on all terms. The owner doesn’t always get the full picture, and unknowingly allows the change order game to start.


My name is Dominick Armato, I am a Co‐Founder of MySmartPlans, along with Shelley Armato. I was one of the largest subcontractors in Kansas City, for 45 years, and I used to be part of the Change Order Game. It is a game that the general contractors use to finger‐point blame for change orders on a construction project. Usually, they point the finger at the design team or owner as the responsible party.


It has been my experience that change orders are used so an underperforming contractor can finish their scope without going out of business. Change Orders are used to save the general contractor from finishing their scope with their fee or bonding company. The contractor makes money on top of every dollar being paid a fee, so eagerly wants more money for their bottom line.


MySmartPlans is a third‐party gatekeeper of project information that allows the stakeholders to view pre-audited information and gives the complete picture if a modification is warranted for additional money. Our history of 16 years has stopped numerous unwarranted change orders!

Change Order Games that MySmartPlans has Stopped:

  • Manipulation of meeting minutes to support their argument for more money, we stop this by sitting in on meetings and immediately posting the minutes.
  • Weather delays were not warranted because we monitor and archive the weather at the site, 24 hours, every day.
  • Scheduling manipulation that would increase more general conditions to support a change for the contractor to do more work.
  • Contractors saying that they did not receive the information, but MySmartPlans dates and time stamps when information was sent. Also shows when a contractor doesn’t view documentation.

Know that having an organized, audited, and vetted tool will make your project run smoothly and avoid litigation or arbitration.

Dominick Armato, President

MySmartPlans

dominick.armato@Mysmartplans.com

Dominick Armato Co-Founder and President of MySmartPlans

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