DDI Management Team

Desert Diamond Industries Staff Biographies

Nicholas Mione, Founder and President of Desert Diamond Industries

Nicholas Mione

Founder and CEO

Nick is the visionary designer behind Desert Diamond Industries’ signature vacuum-brazed product line: Ductile Iron Safety Blades, Fire Rescue Safety Blades, Ductile Iron Ring Saw Blades, and Safety Blade Grinder/Cutters. A resident of Las Vegas, NV for 24 years, he began working in the construction industry, cutting concrete, demolishing buildings, and rough-framing houses, when he was 17. He has worked on some of the largest casinos in Las Vegas, NV, including City Center and Caesars Palace, and has helped build an estimated 150 homes from the ground up. Nick was also one of the top sales associates for another diamond blade company, but left and founded Desert Diamond Industries because they didn’t share his passion for client care and providing the best service and products possible. He enjoys personal development, weapons training at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute in Pahrump, NV, and training for triathlon and obstacle course racing.

“Scarce indeed is the man who sets himself up to accept only certain thoughts and beliefs and, firm in his faith and foundation, outwaits the world to achieve his ends. The sea and the mountain, the storm and the stars shall not persevere against such a man, and he shall move the very ends of the earth.” – Nicholas Mione


Troy Fullerton, General Manager of Desert Diamond Industries

Troy Fullerton

General Manager

Troy oversees daily operations at Desert Diamond Industries and makes our plans a reality. He brings a wide range of experience and expertise to Desert Diamond Industries, including network administration and design, web design, technical support, customer service, hospitality, manufacturing, and printing industry experience. He holds Associate of Science degrees in Electronics Technology and Computer Networking from Heald College in San Francisco, CA. Troy’s hobbies include playing music, motorcycle riding, and watching movies.

“Start with the end in mind and do whatever it takes to get there.” – Troy Fullerton


Michael Harris of Desert Diamond Industries

Michael Harris

Underground Utilities Product Safety Specialist

Mike is Desert Diamond Industry’s top salesman and our expert in “everything,” including water departments, welders, pipe manufacturers, paving companies, utilities, fabricators, and foundries. He comes to us from the University of Maryland with training in engineering and criminal justice, along with 10 years of experience in outsourcing and consulting. Mike is a big movie buff and college basketball fan, and he enjoys cooking and spending time with his family.

“It is not who is intelligent who survives, but those who are able to adapt.” – Michael Harris


Elizabeth Navarro of Desert Diamond Industries

Elizabeth Navarro

Government Bidding Contract Specialist

Liz is Desert Diamond Industry’s resident expert in Government contracts. She has over 13 years experience in sales, management, and product knowledge training, in the retail sales industry. She holds an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from the College of Southern Nevada and in her spare time, enjoys Traveling, Listening to Music, and spending time with her family.

“Your only limitations are the ones you create in your mind or allow others to create for you.” – Liz Navarro


Elaine Mione of Desert Diamond Industries

Elaine Mione

Director of Finance

Elaine is in charge of financial reporting, corporate accounting systems, database management, systems, and auditing. She has over 30 years of experience in these fields, including five years with Ford Motor Company and 11 with a Nevada gaming company. She also spent eight years with the American Red Cross and four with the U. S. Air Force. Her education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Bloomsberg University of Pennsylvania. Her hobbies include caring for her grandchildren, painting, and woodworking.

“Life is 10% how you make it and 90% how you take it.” – Elaine Mione


Phil Leggard of Desert Diamond Industries

Phil Leggard

Shipping, Receiving, and Warehouse Manager

Phil is in charge of warehousing, packaging and shipping our products to our customers. He moved to Las Vegas, NV from Brooklyn, NY five years ago and comes to Desert Diamond Industries with wide warehousing experience. In his spare time, Phil likes to play basketball.

“People don’t plan to fail. They fail to plan.” – Phil Leggard